Alaska – College Fjord

We spent most of the day at sea travelling from Glacier Bay toward College Fjord.  We woke up this morning to the sounds of our ship’s fog horn along with 5 foot waves.  That’s enough wave action to make all the passengers walk like drunkards down the hallways.  There were white caps on the swimming pool.  The waves settled down after a couple hours, but the fog and clouds persisted.  We were scheduled to enter College Fjord about 6 PM.  As we entered the fjord, the fog lifted enough to give us hope of seeing the glaciers.

This is Bryn Mawr Glacier.  It is actually the confluence of two separate glaciers from further up the mountain.  The dark streak down the middle is debris carried by each glacier pushed to the middle of the resulting stream.

Bryn Mawr Glacier
Bryn Mawr Glacier

 

Bryn Mawr Glacier
Bryn Mawr Glacier

Harvard Glacier is at the end of one of the bays and is huge.  You can tell it is the confluence of multiple smaller glaciers by the dark stripes.

Harvard Glacier
Harvard Glacier

 

 

Bryn Mawr Glacier
Bryn Mawr Glacier

There are streams of water flowing down the face of the mountains.

Waterfall
Waterfall

There are MANY streams of water flowing down the mountain side.

Lots of Glacial Streams and Waterfalls
Lots of Glacial Streams and Waterfalls

 

This photo below of Harvard Glacier is a composite of 26 photos.  Click on the image and zoom in to see the details of the glacier.

 

There was a black bear along the shore.

Black Bear on Shore
Black Bear on Shore

 

 

Glacial Melt
Glacial Melt

Here you can see the two glaciers coming together.

Bryn Mawr Glacier
Bryn Mawr Glacier

 

Mountains in College Fjord
Mountains in College Fjord

 

Downer Glacier
Downer Glacier

This is another composite image showing four glaciers, from left to right, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Harvard, and Downer Glaciers.

Four Glaciers
Four Glaciers

 

Clouds in the Mountains
Clouds in the Mountains

This is another composite image below showing five glaciers, from left to right, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Harvard, and Downer Glaciers.

Five College Glaciers
Five College Glaciers

It was a spectacular way to end our cruise.  After 7 days, tomorrow morning we get off the ship and begin the land portion of our trip.

Mark

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