Trip Day 6 (cruise day 3) Mountains from the bedroom, Reid and Lamplugh Glaciers

Amazing to wake up and open the curtains to the most incredible view of still water and snow covered mountains.

Good morning Glacier National Park
Good morning Glacier Bay National Park

Playtime among the glaciers, with options to Kayak, do a small boat ride around the area or walks ranging from easy apart from the risks of boot sucking mud to what was described as a “scramble”. Apparently there is a syndrome that people suffer on these adventures called “FOMO” (fear of missing out), which I really appreciate given you could only choose two things to do and …. what if we missed out?  Of course, as we were to discover, the other group or individuals saw things we did not and vice versa (I still haven’t seen a wolf, and the camera was always pointing the wrong way when the whales or orca leapt from the water).

We were not alone in our enjoyment of the park – but there is a requirement to keep your distance from any other users of the park.

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We chose up first a walk along a beach next to the Reid Glacier, one of the numerous tidal glaciers that dot Glacier National Park.

Reid Glacier beach walk
Reid Glacier beach walk
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Reid Glacier
Reid Glacier

Most of the parks glaciers, including Reid, are sadly receding and, according to our guide, will no longer meet the sea this generation.  The implications of climate change are ever present in conversations around glaciers.

Back to the boat for yet another excellent lunch.

Safari Endeavour from a DIB
Safari Endeavour from a DIB (Demaree Inflatable Boat, made in Friendsville MD)

Next up a small boat tour.

DIB
DIB
Bosun
Bosun

After a little wandering along the cliff face, the guide, Bosun, took us to the Lamplugh Glacier. The tide being high he was able to move us close to the wall of the Glacier (but not too close given the potential to “calve”).

Lamplugh Glacier
Lamplugh Glacier

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Playtime over for the day, time for cookies, happy hour and more excellent dinner (any hope of losing weight from the unaccustomed activity shattered).

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