Daily Expedition Reports
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Andrew Peacock, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, September 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 03 Sep 2019

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Alaska

What a day it was in Glacier Bay National Park! Waking up at the face of Johns Hopkins Glacier, we are delighted by the sight and sound of this exquisite tidewater glacier. Harbor seals dot the bergy bits of ice around our vessel. Dramatic rocky cliffs of igneous and metamorphic rock tower above us, capped by peaks of white. From upper bay to lower, we are treated with a landscape that has undergone an ecological makeover, 250 years in the making. By the time we reach Bartlett Cove, we see a lush rainforest engulfing a rustic lodge and ranger station. Sea otters, sea lions, and sea birds are familiar companions, and we are treated to a coastline briming with coastal brown bears, and a tawny wolf.

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