Meare's Glacier

Trip Start May 02, 2012
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Trip End Jul 31, 2014


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Bear Paw RV Park Valdez
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Monday, June 18, 2012

Just had the most stunning day. We decided to treat ourselves and went on a glacier/wildlife cruise in the Prince William Sound. The weather was spectacular and it was an unbelievable 10 hour trip. We saw stellar sea lions, lots of humpback whales (so close that we could see the barnacles on them), sea otters sunning themselves on their backs, killer whales (Orcas), dall's porpoises, harbour seals and then lovely birds including tufted puffins and horned puffins and more bald eagles. (There are more than 2,500 pairs of bald eagles in the Valdez area)

We went through a big patch of bits of broken off glacier ice. The captain had to navigate carefully through this. Glacier "debris" can be found 30 kilometers from the source glacier. These pieces are like little blue jewels floating on the water and ice chunks were banging against the boat. We then got to the Meares Glacier.... WOW... The engines were switched off and we just drifted a quarter a mile from the glacier... Just a towering wall of ice.... And the sounds....! Pieces are constantly breaking off and even the little bits make a noise like a thunder clap. This glacier is one of 2 advancing glaciers in Alaska and is the only tide-water glacier? Never expected to be so over-awed by a glacier.... Didn't want to leave it.....

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Al on

Nice pics, Mom! The glacier looks incredible. When looking at your travel map, it is astounding to see how close to Asia you are...

Gill on

Does look amazing Ann xx

siyaya
siyaya on

I just didn't think that I would be so awed by a glacier....! The photos just don't do ir justice.... It's like a 7-stores building of ice...
Xxx (for Pips and Gill)

siyaya
siyaya on

That's storey.....

Pippa on

Thanks for the kisses mom - even though the comment was from Al!
Loved reading the blog today and your photos are incredible - making me rethink our route for when we start travelling!

Al, not Pips. on

Ja, what's going on with those kisses, Mom?

siyaya
siyaya on

Don't know why I thought it was Pippa.... No name came up?
Xxxx (for Ali)

siyaya
siyaya on

Oh.... I see the name now.....
Xxxx (Ali)

cassidy on

Fabulous photos! Don't those orcas look menacing? and have to ask for a raven shot sometime. I mean they're sacred to the Tlingits!
P.S. Any tips to refinish sad yellowood/stinkwood chairs?

siyaya
siyaya on

Got a raven for you yesterday! X

Bruce on

Feel like I should post a comment, just because I feel I'm getting left out on all the 'kisses action'.

Bella and Hector on

Lovely glacier! It looks as cold as Tarkastad there.

siyaya
siyaya on

Thanks Bru....and Bella and Hector/ miss you all.... Xxx

Maryann on

Looks like you are having an amazing time. All very interesting and different but I have not heard of some of these places. Enjoy yourselves.

siyaya
siyaya on

Very different to our normal camping... We never light a fire! It's usually just too cold (for us) to sit outside! Would rather be inside with the heater on....! And it's always light so there is no panic to get things done before it gets too dark to find anything...
It's fun to discover a new place each day...X

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