The next day we sailed to Bartlett Cove, where we spent most of the day visiting Glacier Bay National Park.
The first and longest part of the day we were aboard a boat operated by the park service; it was able to get very close to two immense glaciers.
In addition to our own naturalist guides, we benefitted by two park rangers and a Tlingit woman who provided education about glaciers, animals that we saw, and Tlingit culture.
We brought along box lunches prepared by our own ship's kitchen.
Several of our group were avid birders and they were tremendously excited to add new birds to their lists.
I liked this island with sea lions just heaped all over it. There were several islands like this.
|Sea otters, always a favorite.|
|We tried to be very quiet around the glaciers so that we could hear them "calve," the word used for icebergs breaking off.|
|We weren't the only people aboard the park service boat. At one point we stopped to pick up a group who had spent several days camping and kayaking in the park.|
|Mrs. Bear, up close and personal.|
After the boat trip, we had the opportunity to spent time at the Visitor's Center of Glacier Bay National Park. Of course I wanted to see the orientation film and of course it did not disappoint. We did a little shopping their bookstore, and soon it was time to return to Admiralty Dream -- it was almost Cookie Time!