It feels as though our entire journey north has been leading up to us witnessing a glacier in all her glory. We’ve been learning to notice the signs of glaciers as we admire the stunning wilderness in the fjords we transit. We went up Tracy Arm today in hopes of seeing an active tidewater glacier. As we made our way farther and farther into the fjord, it became apparent that National Geographic Quest was completely surrounded. There was ice everywhere and of every size. Some pieces were small enough for a cocktail, and others were as large as skyscrapers. We embraced the ice and spent our morning cruising around the beautiful sculptures. Many intrepid explorers made a landing on the beach and even got a taste of some of the ancient ice. It seems the glacier was intent on giving us only a tease at her might, so we will rally north to Glacier Bay National Park in search of a closer look at a tidewater glacier tomorrow. Oh…and some very brave souls took the opportunity to polar plunge in the fjord!
National Geographic Quest
British Columbia, Canada
Another sunny morning greeted National Geographic Quest on our transit of the waters of British Columbia. The higher of the peaks surrounding us, still painted white with stubborn winter snowpack, reflected the sunshine as it grew brighter over the impressive, spruce-covered rock walls. As we navigated the glassy waters of Jervis Inlet on the way to our morning destination, our explorers filed into the dining room for an indulgent breakfast of banana chocolate chip pancakes. Zodiac tours departed from the ship’s fantail and headed through a bottleneck at the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet. On either side of us, towering rock faces were riddled with tall, spindly waterfalls, each more impressive than the last. Colorful male birds in peak breeding season flaunted their vibrant plumage. Among them were common mergansers, surf scoters, and Barrow’s goldeneyes. Harbor seals cautiously observed us from afar as we slowed to admire their cuteness. Once we reached the end of the fjord, we disembarked for a short hike to the raging Chatterbox Waterfall. With tons of native plant species in full bloom, the scents along the trail were fresh and floral. Back at the dock, tiny moon jellies and lion’s manes hovered a few meters beneath the chilly and productive spring waters. The jellies propelled themselves through the waters alongside juvenile fish and mussel-covered pylons. As we made our way back to the ship, we spotted more harbor seals and a playful river otter. Back on board, we set off down Jervis Inlet to the Salish Sea to continue our journey north. We made one pitstop before leaving the inlet, and we were all mesmerized by a 1,400-foot-high waterfall viewed from the bow of the ship. A fantastic day four of our voyage ended as we continued our journey north. Our hearts are full, and our sense of wonder is heightened and awaiting continued adventure as we roam the seas in search of more treasures of the Inside Passage.