Glacier Bay: Thunder and Ice
The wondrous spectacle that is the calving of a glacier is one that cannot be adequately described through mere words. To be understood, it has to be experienced firsthand. That is probably why Glacier Bay is one of Alaska's most popular attractions, receiving over 420,000 visitors each year. Dozens of cruise ships make their way through Alaska's Inside Passage every week to spend the day navigating the 65-miles extent of Glacier Bay. Moreover, many of those that visit the park then vow to return, next time bringing friends or family so that they too can experience the breathtaking display of nature's raw power and beauty.
Glacier Bay visitors are also likely to catch a glimpse, or more, of the magnificent wildlife that make the park their home. Some lucky visitors may enjoy the sight and sounds of humpback or gray whales that create their own form of thunder as they repeatedly breach and splash into the waters of the bay. At other times, the whales may be more sedate, quietly showing their backs and fins over and over again as the cruise ship sails by. Pods of killer whales are also frequently seen from the cruise ships. Bears and mountain goats are often spotted along the shores of the bay.
Regardless of how you get to Glacier Bay, your experience is certain to be unforgetable. When the time comes to start heading home, you will likely do so while considering who you will bring along the next time that you return!
Some content and photos courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.