Greetings from Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

I’ve always been drawn to Alaska and in 1993 I had the opportunity to plan a kayak expedition for myself and my girlfriend in Glacier Bay. We had a fantastic time and I asked her to marry me in the wilderness. She said yes. Fast forward to 2015, and I was selected to be the Voices of the Wilderness artist in residence in the very park in which I got engaged! Glacier Bay has been a great inspiration for me in my life and art.

Sincerely,
Michael Boardman

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

This park on the coast of southeast Alaska offers snowy mountain peaks, narrow fjords, bays, harbors, scattered islands, a temperate rainforest of spruces and hemlocks, and numerous glaciers. Two hundred years ago, the area was covered by a glacier more than 4,000 feet thick that extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias Mountain Range. By the 20th century, it had drawn back 65 miles from the bay's mouth. This is the most rapid glacial retreat ever recorded. Today, icebergs continue to break off into the bay.

State(s): Alaska

Established: 1925

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