Alaska

6/2: Bartlett Cove – Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters

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The itinerary for this week takes us to Glacier Bay National Park for three days, then to several overnight anchorages on our way to Sitka.  At 6am on Sunday, our first full cruising day, the scenery wasn’t too exciting:

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We did see humpbacks shortly after 6am:

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Coffee was ready in the lounge, and the windows in front made it a pleasant place to hang out:

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Photos from the morning:

Breakfast was served and we continued watching for whales and other wildlife.  The scenery kept getting better and better, as we neared Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters at Bartlett Cove:

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We reached Bartlett Cove before 9am.  Everyone got off the ship and had a chance to stretch their legs.  We chose the one mile forest walk and a short stop at the Glacier Bay National Park Lodge:

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One of the most interesting things we saw in the lush forest was a wide variety of fungi, most growing on trees:

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More fungi:

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We saw a moose at the tail end of our forest walk:

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We continued walking a short distance along the beach, past our ship and some kayaks, and wandered back to the Lodge:

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There was plenty of time to stop along the way and read some of the informational posters supplied by the Forest Service:

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We thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the forest, and the opportunity to visit another of our National Park Lodges.  We were back on the boat for lunch and were heading deeper into Glacier Bay.  It was quiet for an hour or so; we saw a few otters and whales in the distance but didn’t linger.  We  were headed toward the Marble Islands and Gloomy Knob:

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I wonder if that’s a baby otter the mother is holding in the photo below?  The otters were very far from the boat.

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The weather was perfect as we cruised away from Bartlett Cove.  Ranger Fay joined us, and would be with us for the next three days.  Would we see more wildlife, and how about a glacier or two?  Check out the next post to see how the rest of the day went.

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