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Norwegian Sun Enters Glacier Bay


Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

The glaciers of Alaska are incredible sights.  And the glacier you’ll get closest to on any cruise is Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  As you approach Margerie Glacier you’ll be greeted by myriad waterfalls cascading into the bay.

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Waterfalls in Glacier Bay

Early in the season you’ll also see unmelted snowfields flowing down vegetation-covered bedrock and exposed granite.  These photos were taken very early in the cruise season, on June 4 of this year.

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Approaching Margerie Glacier

Early in the morning the Norwegian Sun picked up several National Park Rangers at the Glacier Bay Lodge Visitor Center and proceeded for several hours up the Tarr Inlet to arrive at Margerie Glacier.

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay — Margerie Glacier

Marjorie Glacier is 21 miles/34 kilometers long, 350 feet/110 meters thick, and 1 mile/1.6 kilometers wide.  It’s also a very active glacier if you want to see ice calving from its face into the water.  Have your camera ready, because you’ll see the ice breaking off several seconds before the cracking sound reaches your ears.  You’ll have to be quick!

Glacier Bay

Ice crashing off Margerie Glacier

Looking at the layers of ancient ice is looking back millennia in time.  And remember, there’s still 100 feet/30 meters of ice below the surface of the water.

Centuries on Layered Glacial Ice

Centuries on Layered Glacial Ice

Click on any image below to bring up today’s slide show gallery:

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Fun Photo Friday — Alaskan Glacier Preview


Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be showing you scenes of Alaskan Glaciers, including Portage Glacier, Hubbard Glacier, Margerie Glacier, and Mendenhall Glacier.  Below is a preview of some of the more stunning images from this trip.  Click on any image to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show.

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Skipping Ahead — Anchorage, Glacier Brewhouse, and the Road to Talkeetna


Road to Talkeetna

Road to Talkeetna

Starting next week we’ll be taking a look at the glaciers of Alaska, including some stunning video of gigantic chunks of ice calving off glacier walls and crashing into the chilled Alaskan waters below.  But first I’m going to skip ahead a bit to our trip after we departed the Norwegian Sun.

Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage

I’ve done blog posts on Anchorage before, as you can see here (link to: Anchorage).  As such, I’m going concentrate instead on our favorite Anchorage eating establishment, Glacier Brewhouse, which I’ll review toward the end.  Before that, I’m going to briefly share some sights we encountered on the road toward Talkeetna, which we took on our way the Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for a quick look at Denali (formerly Mount McKinley).  Ursula has been desperate to see Denali every trip we take to Alaska, and we’ve been thwarted each and every time save for a brief glimpse of the 20,308-foot/6,190-meter mountain.  Alas, this trip was no better.  Denali remained hidden to us for our entire stay at the resort.

Here are a couple of views along the way, along with the photo at the top of this post:

Road to Talkeetna

Road to Talkeetna

Here you can see the devastation that resulted from the massive 2015 “Sockeye” wildfire north of Anchorage:

Road to Talkeetna

Road to Talkeetna

Now for a tasty treat.  I’ve reviewed Glacier Brewhouse before, and we dined there twice again this trip.  The first time was with our friends Lisa and Al Fittipaldi.  The second was after we went separate ways (they to Wrangell–St. Elias, and we to our failed attempt at seeing Denali).  Upon our return from the Princess Wilderness Lodge and before our red-eye flight back to the Lower 48, we stopped once again.

Glacier Brewhouse

Glacier Brewhouse

 

Glacier Brewhouse

Glacier Brewhouse

The Glacier Brewhouse is a charming, yet very large establishment.  If it lacks anything it would be intimacy and quiet, because the Brewhouse gets extremely crowded and a bit noisy.

Glacier Brewhouse

Glacier Brewhouse

Expect a wait unless you have reservations.  To reduce the wait, make sure you arrive before 5:00 P.M.

Glacier Brewhouse — brewery behind the glass

Glacier Brewhouse — brewery behind the glass

Glacier Brewhouse

Glacier Brewhouse

Glacier Brewhouse brew not only their own beers, but also brew house-made root beer and cream soda.

House-brewed Root Beer (also cream soda)

House-brewed Root Beer (also cream soda)

No trip to this establishment is complete without at least a taste of their incredible Alaskan seafood chowder, which can be had by the cup or in a dinner-sized bowl.  It is, quite simply, the best seafood chowder I’ve had anywhere.

Alaskan Seafood Chowder — Alaskan seafood, roasted corn, shaved fennel, sweet red peppers, crisp bacon, creamy crab broth, splash of dry sherry

On this trip Ursula was tasty for something light in preparation for our night flight.  She chose the Brewhouse Blue salad.

Brewhouse Blue salad — Seasonal mixed greens, red flame grapes, caramelized pecans, blue cheese crumbl

Brewhouse Blue salad — Seasonal mixed greens, red flame grapes, caramelized pecans, blue cheese crumbles

I, on the other hand, am a sucker for their artisan pizzas.

Zoe’s spicy coppa and pepperoni, Italian and Andouille sausage, crisp bacon and fresh mozzarella with house made marinara

Zoe’s spicy coppa and pepperoni, Italian and Andouille
sausage, crisp bacon and fresh mozzarella with house made
marinara

On your way out take a look behind the counter:

Pizza Oven at Glacier Brewhouse

Pizza Oven at Glacier Brewhouse

Awaiting delivery at the Glacier Brewhouse

Awaiting delivery at the Glacier Brewhouse

Next week begins:  The Glaciers of Alaska

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