Friday, September 7, 2012

Tracy Arm ~ from the upper deck

Tracy Arm Fjord is located in he Inside Passage, about 45 miles south of Juneau.

The surrounding mountains are about 7000 feet high...
and the trees along the shore are part of the Tongass National Forest...
which happens to be the largest national forest in the USA.
It also is the largest temperate rain forest in the world.

As we made our way into the fjord...
we were so thankful for the beautiful weather.
On bad weather days the cruise ships are unable to get near the glaciers...
and are often forced to
forgo this part of the journey.

We had clear unobstructed views from the top deck...


...of waterfalls

...and ice-bergs.


At the end of Tracy Arm are the twin glaciers...
North and South Sawyer.

Due to sediment from the glaciers...
both the ice and the water are glacial blue.

The seals each had their own little floaty...
next to the glacier. 

We never had to wait long to for the thundering crash of ice... huge chunks of the glacier broke into the sea.

The seals were unperturbed!

Other than the calving glacier...
all was quiet on Tracy Arm. 
To preserve the solitude and quiet of the marine wilderness...
even the cruise ship was 'almost silent'...
following local regulations.

Our day at sea ended as we made our way back up the fjord...
the same way we came in.

Next stop a  little further up the coast...

Is that 'pixie dust' scattered on the waves?
According to Disney...
it is!

Have a wonderful weekend...


  1. Pixie dust? Looks like diamonds on the water to me...

    What a unique journey within a journey. So glad that the weather was cooperative.

  2. Your photos wet my travel appetite.

  3. I think it is pixie dust! What glorious sights of God's amazing creations! Beautiful photos Judy! I can only imagine what it must be like in person...

  4. Catching up after a busy few days....

    My husband and I dream about going on an Alaskan Cruise like this, Judy! Maybe we will go for our 40 anniversary in a couple years.

    The blue glaciers and water is so beautiful!

  5. Oh, the beauty...look what I've missed. I'm hoping there will be some pixie dust left next year so that I can experience this in real life.

  6. Hi Judy, I really enjoyed all your posts about your Alaskan cruise. The photos of the scenery were beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful time with all your family. Blessings, Pamela

  7. The memories that you created for your family, will stay with them forever. I can't imgaine how fun it was for you and your husband to watch them enjoy the moments. Your photography is so impressive! It does look like diamonds on the last picture.

    Thank you for sharing it all with us. I am so enjoying every picture!

  8. The trip to Tracy Arm was the highlight of our cruise a number of years ago. Really stunning photos, Judy!

  9. You captured the beauty down to the pixie dust!
    I'm sure there were times you were in awe at the fact that
    you could cellebrate such a milestone with your family in
    this way!


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