Glacier Bay National Park

Jul 27, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today we sailed into Glacier Bay National Park. Early this morning we entered Glacier Bay and embarked with our ranger and cultural interpreter. The fog looked foreboding. It was only minutes after breakfast that our fears for an inclement day disappeared. We arrived at South Marble Island to the raucous calls of birds and the low roar of the Steller sea lions. From that moment on, our day was filled with wildlife and breathtaking views of scenery beyond description. Brown bears roamed the beaches while mountain goats, perched on precipitous ledges scanned the scenery below them. Mountains covered in snow fed glaciers carved rounded valleys with strong flowing streams. The glaciers reaching the sea topped off the day. Massive pieces of ice fell to the water in thundering crashes. These mountains of ice bobbed and rolled until a temporary equilibrium was reached, and most of them were hidden under the water. We learned the sounds of the glaciers, we learned the words of the Tlingit people, we heard the knowledge of the ranger and we experienced the power of wilderness.

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Marylou Blakeslee


For the past 20 years, Marylou Blakeslee has traveled the world sharing her love of wild places. She lectures on a number of topics from the bears and wolves of the Arctic, to the leopard seals and whales of the Antarctic, as well as the turtles and fishes of the Great Barrier Reef.

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