Greetings from Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, my husband and I kayaked and camped for 7 days in Glacier Bay AK. We kayaked up the Muir Inlet to Riggs Glacier. The first day we met choppy water, wind, and a contrary current forcing us to take refuge on a rocky beach for the rest of the day. Next morning, we set off for a magnificent day of kayaking. That day we saw humpback whales swimming up the inlet from us, a coastal brown bear, and rafts of ducks. Each day we experienced such wonders and wilderness. We saw no other people until our next to the last day. We were challenged by this trip, but it was the best trip we’ve taken.


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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