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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Jet Boat to Le Conte Glacier‏

May 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

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When Jeff, the captain of the Island Spirit, announced that Saturday’s activity out of Petersburg would be a jet boat ride, I decided to take it. But I didn’t expect much, because riding on a fast boat doesn’t excite me like nature does. Fortunately, we had both.

On the jet boat ride we went as fast as 48 mph — but only in the first few miles. Then we reached the ice flow from Le Conte Glacier. The glacier is a few miles southwest of Petersburg in the Stikine-Le Conte Wilderness in an arm of Alaska’s Inside Passage. There, we had to crawl along, often at no more than 1 mph.

When we came in view of the glacier, the ice was so thick that we could go no further.

The Le Conte Glacier and the Ice Flowing from It

The Le Conte Glacier and the Ice Flowing from It

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We passed much ice to get that far. The icebergs had their own individuality.

Ice

Ice

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We saw several bald eagles. I don’t remember how many — four or five. But for the first time in my life I saw two bald eagles together.

Bald Eagles on Ice

Bald Eagles on Ice

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After our journey to the Le Conte Glacier, we returned to the ship. After lunch, our journey took us north through the Frederick Sound. At 8 p.m. the sun was beginning to sink. But first it illuminated this mountain range to the west.

Mountain Peaks Between Sea and Clouds

Mountain Peaks Between Sea and Clouds

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The moral of this story is to take each opportunity that comes our way. Unless you try it, you’ll never know that a jet boat can reveal the hidden beauty of nature.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peppy // Jul 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for posting such breath-taking pictures. I especially liked the mountains between the clouds and the sea.

    I felt as though I were there.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Jul 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Dear Peppy,

    Thank you. That is also one of my favorite shots.

    David

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