The cloudy weather has been sucking the color out of my pictures the last few weeks. It was refreshing to get this splash of color first thing this morning as we were on our way to board for our cruise. Looks like these folks are getting ready for a kayak outing.
The cruise left at 10:00 a.m. There were only 47 of us today, which is about half capacity, so plenty of elbow room.
Rain was in the forecast again, so we expected it to be cloudy and damp. It did stay cloudy all day and there was some rain, but nothing serious. Temps felt like they were around 45 degrees but the boat was heated and we were very comfortable inside.
Bald eagles are frequently seen here.
Our destination was to visit the Meares Glacier. Along the way we encountered several icebergs. These came from the Columbia Glacier, which was not included in our tour as there wasn’t enough time in the day to visit both glaciers. But we did have to cruise through the glacial ice that had traveled several miles from it.
The Kodiak is a fishing vessel that was featured in several episodes of the reality show Deadliest Catch.
Then in the middle of no where we stopped to pick up a passenger. It seemed odd to pull along side this little boat out in the middle of the water. But it is not an uncommon thing for people who work out here, construction workers or for whatever reason, to be brought out here to the cruise route to hitch a ride out.
The wildlife was being shy today and we didn’t see a lot. But we did circle this raft of sea otters who were just chillin’ out and didn’t seem too worried about us.
Finally we reached the Meares Glacier. This is one of the only advancing tidewater glaciers in North America. Most other glaciers are shrinking. The captain brought the boat to within 1/4 mile and stayed there for about 45 minutes while we watched it calve. We could hear the crack and thunder and saw several large chunks break off and fall into the water.