Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

Here we are again. Back to Alaska. It’s only been three short years. Make that 3 years and 3 months since these photos were taken. Welcome back to our 2016 Friends & Family Uncruise. This is our first full cruising day in Week 2. If you haven’t already, you can review Week 1 HERE.

To refresh your memory, here is the Map of our trip. We have already completed the Sitka to Juneau portion, and are now enroute from Juneau to Ketchikan.

Sunday 10 July 2016

Our itinerary shows we are headed through Endicott Arm, to Dawes Glacier. This is another beautiful area. Many cruise ships use this as their back-up if they cannot get into Tracy Arm. The fjord is wider and less subject to ice build up. For that reason, some consider it “second best.” This is our second time to Dawes Glacier, and we love it just as much as the Sawyer Glaciers at Tracy Arm. Different, but still appealing.

We were surprised (or at least I was surprised) to see so much ice in the channel. since we were already into July. But this did not deter Captain Dano, as he forged ahead in the tradition of the best ice breaker expedition ships.

There was very little ice in the water as we made the last turn towards the face of Dawes Glacier. The crew began getting the Skiffs ready, and we all had a chance to get up close to the glacier. Lou captured photos of the skiff as it headed towards the blue ice.

It is just a beautiful sight. I’ve tried not to exaggerate the colors we are seeing – oranges, blues, and some bright green. We aren’t done yet … more photos of the glacier coming up in the next post.

Click HERE for more Dawes Glacier Goodness.

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