Shortly after we awoke, we were asked if we felt the earthquake. Actually we slept right through what was measured as a 6.4 quake shortly before we woke up.
Debbie and I took an early walk from our campground to Duck Point, a small peninsula which protrudes into Valdez Port Sound.
Back at the campground, I decided I was the only one who had not washed their rig. No sooner had I started, than first Bob appeared with a hose and then David, our “leader” with a brush. I felt a bit like Tom Sawyer … but we got both our motor home and car cleaned (at least until we head back out on the road tomorrow).
Around 11AM, we left for a boat trip to the Columbia Glacier, the world’s largest tidewater glacier. The trip was a truly incredible experience. Again, pictures can’t do justice to what we saw.
The mountains at the head of the Columbia Glacier
While we did not see any calving from the face of the glacier as we’d seen at the Aialik Glacier we’d seen near Seward, the size and colors of the floating ice bergs were simply amazing. And, for the record, the color of the “blue” ice has not been manipulated in any way … it is the color we saw. This blue color results from the ice absorbing the other colors of light in the visible spectrum.
Harbor seals on Ice Bergs