When I awoke Monday morning, we were already gliding through Tracy Arm Fjord on our way to South Sawyer glacier. What magnificent scenery! I went up to the tenth deck, grabbed a cup of tea, and sat out on the veranda to watch this very special world world glide by. The morning chill was still in the air, and the crew provided lap robes and hot chocolate for those who wanted it.
Hunger set in as we neared the glacier, so I went back to our stateroom to drag Mr. K out of bed and up to the buffet for breakfast. Ha ha ha ha ha! Lesson learned: Never wake a bear sleeping in his den or a grouchy husband at 7:30 am to admire the scenery, even if breakfast is involved.
But we did make it back to the veranda in time to see the glacier. It’s hard to capture a photo of the glacier that shows its immense size. I think it tends to look about five or ten feet tall in most pictures. So I was very happy a National Geographic vessel was doing something nearby–probably filming. Maybe they were taking pictures of us while we were taking pictures of them!
Mr. K. and I visited Tracy Arm and the glacier 13 years ago, in September of 1997. The glacier has noticeably shrunk since then. I’m including an old photo for comparison. Compare it to the picture above captioned “South Sawyer Glacier.” They were shot from different distances and angles, but you can see how much wider the glacier was then.
Another big change I noticed. Back then, the icebergs that calved off the glacier were covered with hundreds of harbor seals. On this trip, there were none. I wonder why.