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Hoonah-Angoon Census Area

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  • Day17

    Entering Glacier Bay

    August 29, 2017 in the United States

    We have just entered Glacier Bay. The wind has calmed and the sea is just choppy. The land rises straight up and the higher peaks have a dusting of snow from the past few days.

    Big black bears are hunting for salmon by a stream; sea otters float among the kelp beds; birds constantly follow the ship; and there are white mountain goats high on the steep slopes,

    A pilot boat brings representatives from Parks onto the ship. They climb a rope ladder at the stern of the ship and are on board for commentary all day.Read more

  • Day16

    Ice and Teddies

    August 17, 2017 in the United States

    Another early start, we had a great buffet breakfast at 6 am, before boarding our catamaran to explore 65 miles up Glacier Bay. We first headed for South Marble island, where dozens of Stellar Sea Lions lazed. No sun today, a constant cold drizzle made life a bit difficult. We saw dozens of Sea Otters, which are much bigger than you would expect, floating on their backs with shellfish on their bellies and stones and to crack them.

    We had a great guide on the boat, Ranger Jenny, who was very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The glaciers, there are multiple, are spectacular, and at the Margerie Glacier, we watched as the Glacier cracked and called, dropping huge chunks into the sea with a loud rumble and crash. Even as we watched, the sounds of the glacier cracking and groaning could be heard...quite remarkable. The bay, really a fjord, was littered with bit bergs (small ice bergs also known as growlers, for the noise they make when they collide).

    Along the way, we were lucky enough to see two brown bears...the first was fishing, then came up the beach with a fish...the second was climbing up a rock wall, having flushed already. He posed for us beautifully, seeming to enjoy the attention.

    We stopped on the return journey to drop off 8 kayakers, who with loads of gear, were spending three days in the wilderness, kayaking the bay. Madness in our opinion, given the waters are ice filled, and the temperature is below freezing at night...but, good luck to them!

    This afternoon, we are due to fly to Anchorage, which may be problematic, as the airport has been a bit fog bound the last few days, and apparently flights have been cancelled... Fingers crossed, as we don't have delays scheduled into our travel plans!!!

    Photos to follow!
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  • Day22

    The Tlingit and the Eyrie

    August 23, 2017 in the United States

    Today we docked at the quaint village of Hoonah, on Icy Strait Point. It is a tiny village of 850 permanent residents, which quadrupled when we arrived. It was originally a salmon fishing village, with a cannery, but now is a timber industry base, with fishing and tourism a main focus. Seventy percent of the population is of native Tlingit heritage, and very proudly so.

    On disembarking, we took a very pleasant 3km all into the little township, leaving the shuttles for the oldies. First stop, we found a cafe with a barista(!!), which was doing a roaring trade! There was lots of totems and interesting sights, but the best was the Eagles nest, high in a tree on the Main Street. We first saw Poppy Eaglecircling above us, with a fish not his claws...he then landed in he Eyrie, where Momma eagle was waiting with the screaming chicks. Poppy got tired of the screeching babies, so left and sat in another tree, high in the canopy. I managed to get pics - dad us a little unclear, but I was on maximum zoom and Paul's shoulder as my tripod.

    The world's largest Zip line is here, interestingly. It is nearly 2km long with a 500 metre drop. Paul and I signedup to do it, me with trepidation, but also excitement. Our excitement was dashed, though, as Paul was too tall for the harness. Very disappointing, but I wouldn't do it without him... We'll find another and do it there.

    Back on the ship, the clouds suddenly parted, and it was delightful to see some sunshine. Paul and I even wentfor a swim in he pool, though it was a little cool at 9degrees getting out!
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  • Day17

    Margerie & Grand Pacific Glaciers

    August 29, 2017 in the United States

    At the head of Tara Inlet are these 2 glaciers. They are 65 miles from the sea. In the late 1700's the glaciers extended right to the ocean through Glacier Bay.

    There are seals floating on the calved ice chunks and the glacier groans as it moves and sheds ice. Margerie Glacier is considered fast moving. Grand Pacific Glacier is really huge but the amount of dirt and silt at the face is banked right up. It's not till you get away from the face that you see the ice behind - very wide and stretching far inland. We stay at the head of these 2 glaciers for over 90 minutes before slowly. It's a long way back through Glacier Bay. It will be around 8pm before we are back to the Gulf.Read more

  • Day7

    Tracy Arm fjord

    July 4, 2017 in the United States

    In the grand scheme of things, in this era of global warming, getting iced out of the Endicott Arm fjord so that we were unable to see the Dawes glacier could be viewed as a good thing. We didn't get to watch ice crashing into the sea, but we saw plenty of previously-crashed ice. And, as an added bonus, didn't hit an iceberg!

    It was a beautiful voyage up the Tracy Arm fjord. No complaints.

  • Day24

    Petersburg to Juneau

    August 19, 2017 in the United States

    We arrived in Petersburg to light showers, it drizzled for most of the time that we were there and we left with light showers so if nothing else the weather was consistent.
    Back on my favourite ferry to date, the Matanuska. It is another over nighter so it was time to sit back, relax and enjoy the changing scenery, What a relaxing way to travel. I am very much enjoying the Marine Highway and the Alaskan ferry system. It was a good choice for us. It was a shame about the weather in Petersburg as I had hoped that we would do a bit of forest hiking but you don't get to choose the weather and thems the breaks.Read more

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