Daily Expedition Reports
Chatham Strait & Kelp Bay

Brenda Tharp, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, July 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 30 Jul 2019

Chatham Strait & Kelp Bay

  • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird
  • Alaska

In the early morning, National Geographic Sea Bird cruised through Tracy Arm, picking her way through the ice falling off Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers until reaching Sawyer Island shortly after breakfast. A sunny day awaited as expedition landing crafts took off, heading toward South Sawyer Glacier. Harbor seals watched from the water as the small boats explored the area, taking in views of the glacier as well as the perfect reflections of mountains in the calm water. Looking up, instead of clouds we spotted goats balancing on the mountains, enjoying the vegetation that worked so hard to gain a foothold on the rock. After a chance to warm up from the katabatic winds over lunch, a few brave souls earned another hot chocolate when they jumped into the water in front of Sawyer Glacier while the cheers of onlookers on the bow matched the sound of the calving glacier.

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