Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Aialik Glacier—AMAZING!

Sunday was a beautiful day for a trip through the Kenai Fjords by boat.

There was almost no wind on shore – quite a difference from the day before.

The sky was blue and the sun was shining ---

But that doesn’t mean it was warm on the boat…

I was so glad we packed parkas –and I had to BUY a hat because I forgot to pack one.

We were going to need it on this 6 hour ocean cruise that left the port in Seward, Alaska and explored the regions around Resurrection bay and beyond.


Our Vessel – the Callisto Voyager!


Ready to set sail!


It was just a breath-takingly gorgeous day!


Clouds hugging mountain tops!

Our route this day would take us over 100 miles round trip, viewing wild life both on shore and in the water, with the Aialik Glacier being the highlight of the trip for me.  I took SO many photos, and I will share those, but the majesty of a calving glacier just has to be experienced!


Watching our wake behind us!


Can you believe this scenery?


Dall porpoises playing along side our boat!


And there it is—in the distance, the Aialik Glacier –and we are getting closer!

Watch the magic of this glacier in the slide show below. I wish it could have been video.  When a glacier calves and breaks off it is preceded by a huge cracking sound, and then a roar of thunder as the ice comes crashing down into the ocean. It’s an ice earthquake of huge magnitude.

And I am left wondering at the age of this ice that is now floating around us in the blue blue sea outside of Resurrection Bay.

Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

Aialik Glacier, Seward, AK 2015

Today I’m in Delta Junction, teaching a String Spider Web workshop for the Forget-me-knot quilters.

I’m so happy to be here, it’s been 4 years since I’ve been here with these ladies and it promises to be a good time, followed by a lecture and trunk show tonight.

Have an awesome Thursday, everyone!

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  1. Having been on an Alaska cruise in the early '80's, the highlight of our trip was our voyage up Galcier Bay. Watching and hearing the calving of the ice is truly an awesome and unforgettable experience! ! ! I can still 'hear' it in my mind, some 30 years later. Have a wonderful time! !

  2. I dream of going to Alaska! The raw awesome beauty must be beyond words... one of those 'have to get there' places on my list.

    HAVE FUN...and I do see you have on a quilted jacket! WOWOW and it was 85 in Blount County TN yesterday

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  3. Absolutely amazing! Your photos are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your trips with us.

  4. I am so happy for you to have experienced a glacier calving! It is something that can not be explained to anyone who has not had that experience. You are so right about the thundering sound that goes along with it and the cracking. It is almost explosive and majestic at the same time. Have a wonderful visit in Delta Junction!

  5. The photos are indeed pristine!!! Your description of a calving glacier gives me pause. Well done.


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