After the scorching heat in McCarthy, we were dying to get on the water. So we headed to Valdez for a sea kayaking tour (and a shower).
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A panoramic shot of Columbia Glacier and the ice bergs. Click on it to make it big and scroll around.
We had originally hoped to plan our own multi-day sea kayaking trip as part of our honeymoon, but because of all the other stuff we also wanted to do, planning never got off the ground. So instead we decided to go for a one-day guided tour of Columbia gl
Columbia Glacier with seven miles of icebergs in front of it. The icebergs prevent any boats from getting closer than this. The water is 1500 feet deep at the glacier face. The glacier is in 'catastrophic recession' receding almost 100 feet per day! T
...which means it is safe to paddle around them...
... and even through them. Well, this is not really safe but it was so perfect we had to give it a try anyway. We went through three times.
We wandered among the bergie-bits for a couple of hours looking for passage ways. There is so much ice that most passage ways don't go too far before you have to turn around.
This berg had an especially bright blue color.
Every once in a while we would hear a crash as the bergs would melt and break apart. At one point this piece of ice broke off from underwater and rose to the surface near us. We picked it up and tasted a few pieces of 10,000 year-old ice. Sure hope we
This bergie bit had escaped Columbia Bay and was headed out to sea.
The sea lions love to rest on the buoys. We also saw two pods of Orcas (Killer whales), seals, and maybe a Humpback (we aren't sure).
At lower tides, the small icebergs (bergie bits) within the the moraine are all resting on glacial rock sediment, which means that they are not floating and are in no danger of flipping over...