Alaska

5/31: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

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Today we were going through Endicott Arm to Dawes Glacier.  This is often the destination of “second choice” when it is not possible to get into Tracy Arm to the Sawyer Glaciers.  Endicott Arm is wider than Tracy Arm and there is less chance of ice buildup in the passage.  It was different than the Sawyer Glaciers, but still very interesting.  We saw much more calving at Dawes, and were glad we got to see both Sawyer and Dawes Glaciers. Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier deserve more respect!

At 7:30am we were getting ready to approach Dawes Glacier

At 7:30am we were getting ready to approach Dawes Glacier

 

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The low fog hung over the mountains along the sides of Endicott Arm

 

It was overcast and raining off and on throughout the day - no sunshine today!

It was overcast and raining off and on throughout the day – no sunshine today!

 

The crew gets the skiffs ready for our adventure

The crew gets the skiffs ready for our adventure

 

Explorers ready to go on one of the early skiff tours

Happy explorers ready to go on one of the early skiff tours

 

We had the 9am tour with Bob driving and Alison guiding

We had the 9am tour with Bob driving and Alison guiding

 

It wasn't long before we started hearing the thunder of the glacier movement and were able to see lots of calving action

It wasn’t long before we started hearing the thunder of the glacier movement and were able to see lots of calving action

 

The waves from the ice falling into the water rocked the small skiff

The waves from the ice falling into the water rocked the small skiff

 

Alison snagged a piece of floating ice, and made us all take turns kissing it

Alison snagged a piece of floating ice, and made us all take turns kissing it

 

We scoped out the glacier face, then went along the sides of the cliffs, before circling back to the ship

We scoped out the glacier face, then went along the sides of the cliffs, before circling back to the ship.  We were anchored about half a mile from the glacier.

More photos from the morning:

One of the few ice bergs floating in the water - the people in the small boat are on a different tour - looks like they are too close!

One of the few ice bergs floating in the water – the people in the small boat are on a different tour – looks like they are too close!

 

One of our skiffs going out to the glacier

One of our skiffs going out to the glacier

 

Dawes Glacier

Dawes Glacier – a view of the whole face

 

Calving in action, observed once we were back onboard the Wilderness Discoverer

Calving in action, observed once we were back onboard the Wilderness Discoverer

 

It looks like steam

It looks like steam

 

A very short calving video:

 

Today was Polar Plunge Day - the water was 38 degrees F, and the plungers had to avoid the floating ice!

Today was Polar Plunge Day – the water was 38 degrees F, and the plungers had to avoid the floating ice!

 

 

And, even more photos from the day:

 

We enjoyed the Captain's Dinner with friends we made during the past two weeks - we hope to keep in touch!

We enjoyed the Captain’s Dinner with some of the friends we’d made during the past two weeks – we hope to keep in touch!

We finished the evening with a slideshow of photos taken by our guides during the week, and a few passengers shared some photos as well.  I was surprised when Lou shared a short presentation of our photos from the previous two weeks.  Folks settled up their bar tabs for the week, and we had a good time visiting before calling it a night.

Dall’s Porpoise in the Dark:

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