Tracy Arm Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area

May 23, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

The day dawned misty, wet, chilled and beautiful! We spent the morning making our way up Tracy Arm to the South Sawyer Glacier. Amazing scenery with high peaks and deep water in the narrow fjord, the water has that green tinge brought on by the glacial flour in the water. The amount of floating ice increased as we neared the glacier. We spotted a few harbor seals resting on the ice and some arctic terns.

We were stunned by the deep blue color of the glacier and learned from Flip Nicklin that bright sunlight makes the blue of the ice look much paler, so we were fortunate to be there on a misty day as the blue of the ice looked deeper and brighter.  Zodiac cruises were the activity of the day, and we went in two rounds for the better part of two hours each. We were treated to spectacular glacial sounds and calving activity. We got to see a “shooter” and many cascades of ice going into the sea. By the time we returned to the ship, the whole face of the glacier had been changed, and there was a great deal more ice in the water. We saw many more harbor seals on our way out as well. It was a wonderful evening afterward, highlighted by a great team of naturalists playing the “Liars Club.” Another remarkable day aboard National Geographic Quest

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About the Author

Owen Walker

Cultural Specialist

Owen B Walker was born in Moab, Utah and raised in very rural North Idaho. He graduated high school in Palmer, Alaska, where Northwest Native Art first stirred his soul. After achieving a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Western Washington University, Owen focused on pre-historic peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest.  This interest and his 40 plus years of living and working in the rural Pacific Northwest awakened a spiritual connection, which he chooses to express thru Northwest Coast Native Art. 

About the Photographer

Eric Guth

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Eric began work with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2006 as a means to see the world, work with great photographers and engage his environmental studies degree beyond the classroom. His initial years with the company were spent working the waters of Southeast Alaska and Baja California. His move to the National Geographic Explorer in 2008 helped earn him the experience and knowledge needed to establish himself as a trusted boat handler, naturalist and respected photographer in nearly all the environments Lindblad-National Geographic travels.

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