The Tale of a Traveler
It was August, but it was cold. I was leaning over the railing of the cruise ship as we slowly made our way through Glacier Bay on an Alaskan cruise with my husband and his parents. Ice blocks were bobbing around in the water and I could see my breath. A tiny drop of rain landed on my nose. Only a minute later, the flood gates opened up and it began to pour, but I didn’t care.
Equipped with raincoats, gloves, hats, and other items that you typically never wear in August in California, we stayed outside in the freezing rain. Rain makes me feel alive. I didn’t want to miss a second of it. We were cruising to a glacier. I had never seen a glacier in person before, so excited was an understatement. Most of the people were inside the ship drinking hot chocolate and coffee. I didn’t want to do that. My goal was to experience everything to it’s fullest.
We found a little spot on the very top deck, right behind a wind shield, where we could shimmy underneath the rope and watch the ship cruise through the bay. The glass blocked the wind and provided a bit of protection from the rain. It was absolutely stunning and, even though I was so cold that I was shaking, I refused to move from that spot for a good portion of the journey. I was at total and complete peace.
It took us about 45 minutes to get to the glacier from that point, because we were cruising at a glacial pace (teehee!). I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew was that I was excited to see my very first glacier. If you are ever on an Alaskan cruise, take the time to stand at the railing. Smell the fresh glacial air. Listen to the cracks as pieces of the glacier break off and fall into the freezing water. This was truly the highlight of the trip. Check out my photos from Glacier Bay below!