We disembarked from the Norwegian Sun at Seward, Alaska, on Monday, June 6. Our good friends Al and Lisa Fittipaldi, Ursula, and I snagged our rather expensive rental and started the drive north along the Kenai Peninsula headed for Anchorage. But we had two stops to make along the way. One stop was a detour to Whittier — charming, but not worth an entire blog post. Before Whittier, however, we would stop at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center on Portage Lake in the Chugach National Forest. After a tour of the Visitor Center we continued on to catch the Portage Glacier cruise tour aboard MV Ptarmigan. It’s not exactly cheap, but the tour is worth the price of admission.
Along the way to the glacier MV Ptarmigan passes countless waterfalls descending into Portage Lake, one of which you can see above. The cruise boat also passes by some spectacular scenery and numerous small icebergs floating in a lake clouded by glacial silt, also known as rock flour. Aboard the cruise boat was a Park Ranger, who passed around samples of rock flour for tourists to feel.
Eventually we approached the Portage Glacier, getting very close to the face of the glacier.
We’ll continue our tour of Portage Glacier on Wednesday. Until then, below is today’s gallery: