I had my first visitor in Alaska at the end of August as my mom came to visit me. She couldn’t have picked a better time to come, we had the nicest couple of days weather-wise in a month and a half. Once it looked like the weather was going to be great we booked the 26 Glacier Cruise out of Whittier, AK and it did not disappoint. For those that care, the full size pictures look much, much better.
Whittier is accessible through the longest combined rail/road tunnel in North America. It was the longest road tunnel till Boston’s “Big Dig” opened at 3.5 miles.
As a testament to how good the weather was this day, here is 250m resolution satellite imagery on the day we were on Prince William Sound. I outlined the cruise path. Anchorage is the dot.
Glaciers here include from left to right: Barnard, Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Smith
Lots of pictures animated of Surprise Glacier calving, if only I could have pointed the camera in the right direction.