Originally Posted by Livia
We are getting a late start this summer (mid-June) so I don't know if we'll make it to Glacier Bay but I really want to. It looks amazing. Did you post pics anywhere you might share?
Thanks all for the welcome. I did of course post a few photos from the trip for our famillies back east. They can be found here...
We only went about half way up Glacier Bay and did not get into any icey waters. If you are anywhere in the area it is definitely worth the trip; though you do need to request entrance well in advance. Despite all the things we read about the potential for crowds at some of the anchorages it really wasn't that bad. In fact, except for the two nights we spent at Bartlett Cove, we spent the nights inside the park bounday anchored by ourselves.
Definitely pay attention to the tides though, you really don't want to be trying to go against the tide through the Sitakayday Narrows. Also, make sure your depth sounder is functioning well and turn on a warning when approaching the ends of inlets and arms. The charts are, in some cases, waaaaay off due to the silt buildup.
We saw quite a variety of creatures, but the one thing we never did see was a bear. We saw evidence of them, but they stayed well hidden. The breaching whales though... that is always fun to see. I just need to get better and faster with the long lens.
ps. Just read the story on the boat name, that is great! The route looks fun as well, so how did you grade the palm tree?