There was so much ice in the water the second time we went to Hubbard. We stopped for a long time, far from the glacier. Then the captain started turning the ship. I thought, “Oh no, we’re going to leave without really seeing the glacier.” But no. He was just positioning. We headed right into the semi-frozen bay and started breaking the ice with our hull. It was awesome.
Portage Pass Trail, Whittier
Views from the Portage Pass Trail less than an hour on foot from the heart of Whittier.
Beautiful blue-white Portage Glacier from the Portage Pass Trail out of Whittier.
Snow on the Portage Pass Trail mid July. We don’t even see this much snow in winter where I grew up.
It really gives you a sense of scale. One day I want to be in a kayak right there. Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay.
These things are huge! (My size-eleven foot included to show scale). This was on a beach in Homer, but you’ll see them elsewhere in Alaska. Monterrey Bay Aquarium claims that some bull kelp can grow up to 10 inches every day. Every day!
Also called Totem Park, this has short, easy trails, totem poles, guided tours, towering trees, lots of birds, and a beautiful waterside setting.
A humpback whale on a whale-watching tour out of Juneau.