Up, up we go. Not just our latitude, but our sense of climbing into alpine regions, where the tree line, meadows, glaciers and mountain tops get closer and closer to sea level.
Around Ketchikan the passageways are mostly forested, with snow-capped mountains visible in the distance. In many ways it has a similar feel to the waters of coastal British Columbia. So does the weather too – a mix of mist and rain, with limited visibility, to clouds and sunshine, with spectacular views. By Petersburg the mountaintops were feeling much closer, and reminded us of travelling the Banff-Jasper Parkway. This was where we saw our first icebergs too, albeit just from shore. They came from the Le Conte Glacier, near the mouth of the Stikine River.
This section of our cruise culminated in our exploration of Tracy Arm, which is located about 50 miles south of Juneau. This long fjord twists and turns for 25 miles into the heart of the coastal mountains, ending not far from the border between the U.S. and Canada. After dodging numerous icebergs and bergie bits we achieved our destination, the face of the North Tracey Arm glacier where it reaches tidewater. We’re no strangers to many beautiful sites at home and around the world, however our cruise of Tracey Arm was truly breathtaking. It ranks among the best travel experiences we have ever had.
Hopefully our pictures will say more than our words…….
Our next post will cover the Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park to Juneau section of our cruise.