What can one say about Glacier Bay? This incredible wilderness of ice and mountains is not only one of Alaska’s premier natural attractions, but also a World Heritage Site. Happily, the sun made appearances in the morning and frequently during the day, while low-hanging clouds added to the park’s mystique. Moderate temperatures also brought most guests out on deck to witness the passing splendor and awesome rivers of blue ice. Fascinating explanations and commentary from a park ranger were broadcast throughout the ship, as is the norm for vessels visiting here.
Although the ship’s shore excursions departed as scheduled, an all-day drizzle put the damper on individual exploration of this most interesting town, as well as such sights as Historic Creek Street which are best explored on foot. Nevertheless, I braved the weather and wandered around the downtown area for a while, even though I had planned to take the public bus out to Totem Bight State Park, another attraction that I should surely visit again. Incidentally, I used to have a T-shirt that advertised the “Ketchikan Rain Festival…January 1 to December 31,” so today was not unique.