This morning was Glacier Day! I woke up a little before 5am to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It was super cold outside today, so I had to bundle up tight. The apricot skies glowed in contrast to the stark blue ice floating below us. The immense pressure the glacial ice is under is what gives it that bright blue color. We were still far from the glacier when I started to hear the crushing sounds of calving. It kind of sounds like thunder, but it’s actually the sound of glaciers disappearing and the world dying.
Eventually we made it to the glacier, which was both impressive and a little depressing to see. The thing is huge and super cool looking, but I know the not long ago it was much bigger and probably even cooler looking. We saw another glacier, the Mendenhall Glacier, once we hit land. They built the visitor center right by the edge of the glacier, but now it’s about a half mile hike to get to a spot where you can see it off in the distance. There’s a massive waterfall next to it too, which you can go right up to. We took some pics by it, including one of my brother trying to catch Pokèmons.
When we finished there, we got on a large boat for our “official” whale watching tour. This one guarantees that you’ll see whales, which is a little crazy to me. Luckily, we did run into a pod of orcas, including a little baby, though none of them breached for my camera. We then came across about 15 humpbacks feeding together. They would take turns popping out of the water, about six at a time. That was pretty great, but I felt bad because there were like 12 boats following them around with tourists hanging out, yelling and pointing and taking iPhone pictures with flash. Awful.
That boat trip ended at a secluded lodge on an island, where they fed us fresh salmon. I ate AND liked salmon! That was a first for me. Our bus driver dropped us off in downtown Juneau, where we goofed off for a little bit and headed back to the ship. Kitty had to buy a knee brace; she’s been having a rough time getting around with one of her knees this whole trip, and the amount of walking we’re doing every day can’t be good for it.