Day 26: Russell Island Passage to Bartlett Cove (Glacier Bay National Park)

June 22, 2022 Day 26: Russell Island Passage to Bartlett Cove Glacier Bay National Park 80 miles- 2104 total miles

The boat rocking did stop in the night. I don’t know when, I just know we aren’t rocking right now. No one got sick. 

After breakfast we decided to go back to Margerie Glacier and watch the glaciers some more. As we were coming into the glacier a giant cruise ship was coming out. The wake of the ship gave us quite a ride. It’s impressive how big the wake was. As we were coming to the glacier another cruise ship was watching the glacier and our dear friend St. Juvenaly was there watching the glacier. Sometime while we were there all the boats left and we were alone for a bit, as we were leaving a different UnCruise boat came in. 

We almost didn’t come back to Margerie Glacier today, but I am so glad we did. It was so interesting to see how much the face of the glacier changed from yesterday. It was completely different. 

There were a few places where we figured the ice  would fall soon and we were determined to watch them fall. Lillian especially wanted to see one specific part fall in. We decided we would stick around until that piece fell, or until 1:00 PM.

Today was even better watching the glacier fall. We saw some massive pieces fall into the water. Sadly, 1:00 PM rolled around and the piece Lillian really wanted to see never fell.

After watching the glacier we started making our way back to Bartlett Cove. We needed to get gas, and we were planning on getting dinner at the lodge. On the way back we passed Russell Island Passage, where we stayed last night. There, on the beach, was a beautiful bear. It was a really light bear with dark cinnamon arms. This has been my favorite bear encounter yet. This guy would use its huge paws to flip over rocks and get stuff from under the rocks. Its paws were huge and so powerful. We watched it for a bit and kept going. Just up the beach there were two more bears lounging around. 

We saw a lot of whales and the kids looked at a sea otter through the binoculars and saw it had a baby. They both loved that moment and I think it was a highlight for them. 

We got gas at Bartlett Cove, then went up for dinner at the lodge, we even got dessert.

Since it was late we decided to just anchor at Bartlett Cove. 

Bear Count: Today:3     Total:27

Ryan’s Thoughts: We saw glaciers, and whales, bears, and baby otters, it was awesome!

Lillian’s Thoughts: Today I will have lunch and then we went to the lodge and ate dinner and had a good dinner with dessert. Mmmm cheesecake mmmmm cookie mmmmm ice cream mmmmmm cobbler. I also saw a baby otter. 

Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier. There are so many shades of blue in Southeast Alaska
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
One of the cruise ships that was watching Margerie Glacier when we we got there.
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Margerie Glacier
Ryan’s soda with a bergie bit in it.
Lillian’s soda with a bergie bit in it.
This was my favorite bear encounter yet. It was such a pretty bear and it was so fun watching it flip these huge rocks over on the beach. Such big, powerful paws.
Picture of the St. Juvenaly that we radioed with to cancel our distress call the day before.

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