Monday, June 25, 2007

South Sawyer Glacier, from 2 miles away.



June 23, 2007
Time: 0600
Humidity: 66% Temp: 9 C Overcast, calm winds.
Today we are making a round trip up Tracy Arm and back to this anchorage. We are hoping to see the glaciers that are producing all the icebergs. The trip to Sawyer Glacier is about 21 miles. Two small cruise ships are in the first leg of the arm with us, but they can’t go in far. Half way through, the icebergs start to get bigger and more plentiful. We have to reduce our speed to almost an idle. Traveling up through Tracy Arm is like going back through geologic history. The walls of the fjord start to loose their vegetation the further in you go, until they become smooth, bare rock, shaped and ground by the ice. In some places the water is over 1000 feet deep, and with mountains towering vertically above us you sense the awesome power of the glacier many thousands of years ago. We meet another small tour boat coming back (with cruise ship passengers), so we radio him to find out how far we are going to be able to go. He tells us forget about South Sawyer Glacier but we can get to North Glacier, with difficulty. We decide to get within sight of both, stop for some lunch and then head back. With our engine quiet now, we can hear the sounds of the ice breaking, water falling down the steep canyon walls and the young seal pups on the ice calling to their mothers. We are the only humans here for the time being. Our solitude is broken by the sound of another tour boat coming, time to head back. I steer while Jerry stays on the bow with a boat hook, trying to push the bergs as we plow through. It is a sight worth filming….. another tour boat passes us with the passengers madly clicking cameras and video!
Arv: Back at Holkam Bay
Time: 1645
We stopped to net some more glacier ice to enjoy Glenfiddich back at anchor.

2 comments:

sos said...

Oh, my you must have felt so funerable between those high mountains and must have gotten the feeling from the first people on earth who lived by them lonesome self. ( Scary )to me anyhow.
Were you not afraid your boat would get damaged from a hidden ice berg. Golly, your Dare devils doing that al by yourself.
But then again I am chicken under those cercumstances. I don't even dare going in a dingy on Oyster Bay. I hope that some smart passengers who took pictures from you and Jerry, while Jerry was pushing away the icebergs, got the name of your boat and somehow sends you a picture. That would be so cool. The weaher here has been not al to nice. Rain and chilly. The forecast for coming week promised the weather would now change to summer but we will have again rain next week. So both of you don't miss anything weather wise. Two day's ago they had snow on the mainland near the okanagon I think it was.
Take care and enjoy your trip.
Rita

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