|Go To See Alaska
Part 1 - Glacier Bay National Park
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Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska as viewed from Sapphire Princess Cruise ship on
August 13, 2009. This beautiful glacier is about one mile wide. The wall of ice is about 250 feet high. The
glacier extends back 14 miles from the water.
霧， 交織在一起的一幅絕色美景， 雄偉壯觀，景緻具震攝人心的空
Zoom in for the awesome view of snow capped mountains and upper part of Margerie Glacier.
We toured Alaska for 14 days from August 8 to 22, 2009. The first 7 days were on the Sapphire
Princess cruising from Vancouver in Canada to Whittier near Anchorage in Alaska. At Whittier, we
rented a rental car and did our driving tour of Alaska for the remaining 7 days. (I made rental car
reservation couple months before this Alaska trip). Two additional days were used to fly from New
Jersey to Vancouver in Canada and from Anchorage in Alaska back to New Jersey.
Sapphire Princess is a large cruise ship with a capacity to carry 2,670 passengers plus 1,100 crew.
雪山藍天，巍峨偉麗， 冰川上豪邁氣派的雪峰， 峭直的石壁和插天石
Majestic mountains in Glacier Bay National Park
Many tourists on the deck of Sapphire Princess Cruise ship to enjoy the beautiful sceneries in Glacier Bay.
My camera can take not only still pictures but also movie with stereo sound. Therefore, I also took a movie clip
of large number of seabirds flying near this thrusting and turbulent water area at the base of Margerie Glacier.
This movie clip can be seen at the following YouTube website:
The voice in this movie clip is from a Ranger of Glacier Bay National Park explaining the reason for so many
seabirds flying at the base of Margerie Glacier.
The Sapphire Princess Cruise ship stayed at a close but safe distance from the Margerie Glacier and used its
side thrusters to turn and rotate the huge cruise ship gently and slowly so that tourists at various parts of the
cruise ship all have the opportunities to enjoy watching the beautiful Margerie Glacier. However, the powerful
side thrusters of the huge cruise ship also created substantial turbulent water around the cruise ship as seen
above. Such turbulent water also stirs up many small fish to the water surface near the cruise ship. These
surfaced fish again attracted many seabirds to fly near the cruise ship to catch fish. I took these two pictures
from the deck and over the guard rail of the cruise ship looking straight down.
Zoom in to see melted water of Margerie Glacier gushing out from under the glacier creating turbulent water
flow at the base of the glacier. Such turbulent water stirs up many small fish in the bay to the surface making
these fish easy targets for many seabirds to catch. Therefore, many seabirds are flying just above these
turbulent water area to catch fish as shown in the next picture and the movie clip in the following.
A bald eagle flying over Margerie Glacier
Again, I took a movie clip of these large number of seabirds flying near the Sapphire Princess cruise ship to
provide a more vivid exhibition of the large number of flying seabirds at the following YouTube website:
冰川溶化的雪水， 傾瀉而下， 氣勢非凡的的瀑布。
In addition to Margerie Glacier, there are other glaciers, such as Grand Pacific, Lamplugh, Johns
Hopkins and Reid Glaciers, in Glacier Bay National Park. This picture shows the glacier melted water
pouring out as the waterfalls at the base of Lamplugh Glacier.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Lamplugh glacier
However, Johns Hopkins Glacier and John Hopkins Inlet is closed to large vessel traffic for much of the
summer to protect seals giving birth on icebergs.
陽光藍天白雲, 崢嶸險峻的雪峰冰川, 壯觀的最美組合，觀賞冰川的
More views in Glacier Bay National Park
Boom, crack and splash from calving on Margerie Glacier, whoops and awes from tourists on the deck of
Sapphire Princess Cruise ship. Some cracks and booms are surprisingly loud yet you may see nothing or just a
few 'small' chucks falling. The loud boom may come not only from the splash of chunks of ice falling into water,
but also from explosion of highly compressed air trapped in the glacier for many thousands of years. First you
hear a large “CRAAAACK” coming from somewhere on the glacier. Seconds later you will see a chunk of ice,
sometimes large, sometimes small, falls from the glacier into the water. As the ice hits the water it sends out a
wave, based on the mass of the ice.
More views in Glacier Bay National Park
Another cruise ship in the Glacier Bay National Park
The bald eagle is a big bird with a wing span of 7 to 8 feet. The comparison here shows the immense size of
A pictures of me (Sing Lin) with my
camera and my monopod on the
deck of Sapphire Princess cruise
ship in Glacier Bay National Park -
This photo by May Lee
晨霧迷茫， 青山遮不住， 雲霧飄渺， 如詩如畫，有一種虛幻的柔美
感 ， 宛如仙境。
The route of our 7-day cruise on the Sapphire Princess from Vancouver in Canada to Whittier near
Anchorage in Alaska is represented by the red colored Northbound Voyage on this map.
The sequence of our 2-week Tour of Alaska is the Following:
One-week Alaska Cruise:
Vancouver in Canada, the starting point of 1-week Alaska Cruise --------> Ketchikan in Alaska (Misty Fjords
National Monument) --------> Juneau (Mendenhall Glacier, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, Gold Creek Salmon
Bake) ---------> Skagway (8-hour Excursion Land Tour into Yukon Territory in northwest Canada) -------->
Glacier Bay National Park --------> College Fjords --------> Whittier, the end point of our Alaska Cruise.
One-week driving tour of Alaska starts from Whittier as follows:
Whittier --------> Denali National Park --------> Fairbanks (Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge,
Georgeson Botanical Garden, Large Animal Research Station of the University of Alaska) ---------> Town of
North Pole --------> Scenic Richardson Highway going south --------> Boundary of Wrangell-St Elias National
Park ---------> Scenic Glen Highway going west ---------> Scenic Seward Highway going south -------->
Seward, (Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier) --------> Seward Highway going north to Tern Lake, then
Sterling Highway going west to Kenai, then south ---------> Homer --------> Sterling Highway going north to
Kenai, then east, to Tern Lake, then Seward Highway going north ---------> Alaska Wildlife Conservation
Center --------> Anchorage, the end point of our driving tour of Alaska