It was yet another stunningly beautiful day in Southeast Alaska, though today felt more like Alaska and a tad less tropical than previous days. Though the forecast called for rain, we felt only a few drops, and enjoyed the welcome cloud cover. After breakfast, we hopped into our expedition landing crafts and cruised the entrance of the inlet leading to LeConte Glacier. The glacier was too far away to see, but its presence was evident all around us in the form of floating ice: massive icebergs, huge bergy bits, lots of growlers, and plenty of brash (all technical terms for different sizes of ice chunks). This is a terrific area, with massive pieces of ice the size of multi-story mansions resting in the water. Most of the icebergs are a thrilling turquoise blue, almost seeming to glow from within. Looking up at the ice, we felt very small. A few bald eagles were spotted on trees and ice, as well as a few harbor seals. This is prime seal pupping season, and we are in the perfect spot to see them: harbor seals choose to give birth near glaciers because there is plenty of ice to rest upon and some protection from killer whales.