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    We headed up on Deck early in the morning, a little after 5:00am, as the ship approached Glacier Bay national park. They said there would be a good whale watching opportunity as around 6:00am in Icy Strait.
    A ship ahead of us leading the way.
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    Most of my sightings were like this, ripples in the water..
    Or water spouts.. nothing too spectacular.
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    Signs up on deck since we were entering a national park with some rules.. thought the flash photography one was interesting..
    Guessing these were dolphins.
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    Really liked how the clouds framed these mountains.
    The park rangers making their way to us. They came from the visitor center in Bartlett Cove which is the Park Headquarters.
    This was just after 6:00am for those of you interested in time.
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    Looking toward Bartlett Cove
    A smaller boat behind us.. thinking it was a ferry maybe.
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    The mountains and clouds were great this morning to see.
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    Passed several smaller islands as we made our way into the park.
    The rangers set up an information area and posted a schedule for the visit of what we would be seeing and when.
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    There were bookmarks and park maps so we could track our course.
    And stamps so you can commemorate the occasion.
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    A map showing where we would be cruising.
    I would image this is not a high traffic visitor center with how remote it is.
    Back outside around 7:40am
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    I believe this is one of the Marble Islands (there was a north and south but not sure.. Or it could be Francis Island now that I am looking at the map..
    A frozen water flow/stream.
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    Looking off the back of the ship. No one out on deck and its about 8am.
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    Another boat in the park.
    A hanging glacier...
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    I believe this is the Reid Glacier
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    The ship ahead of us at this point took a right to head up the Tarr Inlet. We went left to the Johns Hopkins Inlet then we swapped positions later in the morning.
    More chunks of ice floating around as we went further into the park.
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    With this piece you can see how much more there is under the water. Almost all of its mass is submerged.
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    The lighting and reflection on this one were interesting.
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    Another hanging glacier.. not sure which one..
    The Johns Hopkins Glacier, around 9:40am
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    The ship has turned around and this is the Lamplugh Glacier coming into view I think.
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    A flock of birds flew by right along the water.
    The water color and stillness really jumped out.
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    As we made our way up the Tarr Inlet a brown bear was spotted.. it is to the left of the big rock, about center of the picture.
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    It continued on around the rock.
    A closer look.
    The Grand Pacific Glacier is to the left in this picture. Not as photogenic as the others.
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    A video clip of the Grand Pacific Glacier as we waited for the ship to turn so we could see the Margerie Glacier.
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    The Margerie Glacier coming into view as the ship spun around.
    Plenty of ice in the water now.
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    The Margerie Glacier calving
    These may jump around a bit.. I left my backup camera in the room and they took some pictures from there.. so here is one of what that side of the ship was seeing while I was looking at the glacier.
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    A great bird picture.
    Back to the glacier..
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    A video of the Margerie Glacier including some calving. Great to hear the reaction of those around. This was taken from our balcony so all those voices are others out on theirs. Note the clicking is my other camera going.. the thunder type sound is the ice.
    Thought this arch was interesting.
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    As we sat there you could see the cracks appear and enlarge in some areas.
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    Some birds just hanging out nearby.
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    Another video of the Margerie Glacier.
    While there a second boat pulled up.
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    To help with size.. here is looking toward the front of the ship. Those people are standing on deck 16.
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    Another calving sequence.
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    Another clip showing a wide shot of the area.
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    Here is that boat that was next to us as we started to pull away.
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    Heading out. To the left is Margerie Glacier straight back is the Grand Pacific Glacier (the black one).
    A wider picture.
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    Not many people out on this deck, this is the back of the ship.
    The small boat left the same time as us but stayed closer to shore and went into some of the other inlets.
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    I believe this is the Lamplugh Glacier as we head out.
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    The other ship is making its way out too now.
    A bird flying along side us.
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    The park ranger was giving a brief presentation in the theater. I watched on TV.
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    Decided to sit down for a while and watch the world pass by (it was about 2:30 in the afternoon now).
    An otter out in the water.
    And a sea lion came by.
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    The boat returned to pick up the park rangers as we reached Bartlett Cove around 3:00pm
    The rangers started pointing and looking off to the side..
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    A whale was putting on a show closer to shore.
    You could see it flipping its tale and splashing around.
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    The rangers heading back to their station.
    Stopped by to see what the dinner menu looked like.
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    A random bird floating in the water as we sailed by.
    Think it was a seal..
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    A water spout from a whale nearby.
    The whale.. well the tale of the whale.
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    A look at where we were around 4:00pm
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    A boat approaching us.
    They came to pick up the pilot that was onboard for the trip through the park and straits.
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    Tonight was smoke free night in the casino.. you could still smell it though.. they tried but it still smelled like smoke, especially to those of us from southern California where smoking is banned just about everywhere it stuck out.
    This evenings entertainment was a comedian.. Rollin Jay Moore.
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    Also tonight they did a new years eve celebration with a balloon drop at 10:30pm.
    One last look outside as it had turned cloudy and raining as we entered the gulf of Alaska. This was around 9:30pm and signaled time to rest my shutter finger before tomorrows trip to College Fjord.

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