LeConte Glacier to Petersburg

Jun 10, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

One never knows what you will find when approaching a fjord with active tidewater glaciers. This morning we made our way to the entrance of LeConte Bay with the LeConte Glacier at its head.

We dressed warmly for the misty morning cruise. Out on the Zodiacs, a caravan of extra-large icebergs was seen in span from one side of LaConte’s entrance to the other. These icebergs looked like a sculpture garden of blue modern art. The ice crystals allowed aquamarine blue and cobalt blue with touches of white to greet our eyes. Cameras shuttered and clicked as Zodiacs full of awe-struck guests cruised the myriad of shapes and forms.

We did our best to find the “best” one. Some jagged edges intrigued some while the glassy bubbles of ice captivated others. Soft, white clouds quietly flowed over mountain tops. The mist hung in valleys and delineated landforms hillside after hillside.

Once back aboard we learned about camera features the common smartphone has to offer with photo instructor Gemina Garland-Lewis leading the lesson. While beautiful, the icy ride was chilly, and our hot lunch was just the right touch before afternoon outings.

The fishing village of Petersburg was next on our itinerary. Some chose to learn about the various fishing boats and techniques used by the men of the sea. Others took a hike on Kupreanof Island to a muskeg. This wet bog walk followed a trail through verdant forests of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees.

A crab fest followed by a view of a slow-moving Humpback Whale rounded out the day. Those wanting more wildlife knowledge attended naturalist Rob Edwards’ after-dinner presentation on the history of scientific research and exploration in Southeast Alaska.

Before knowing, it was time to rest up for tomorrow’s delights.

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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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