Cruise Day 2
03/19/2010 - 03/19/2010 45 °F
I was feeling much better than I had been in the previous days and had breakfast in the dining room. The excursion that day was to a glacier in the afternoon. After lunch I watched the scenery drift past from one of the lounges until it was time to get ready for the excursion. We took a detour down a channel to view a glacier from the ship, the next one we’d have to be tendered to see in zodiacs.
We set off in zodiacs from the ship in the main channel into a short fjord where the glacier met water. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
It was quite spectacular for the brilliant blue of the ice which denoted its age as being very old. Also spectacular was when seemingly tiny bits broke off clattering down the face in what looked like a cascade of ice cubes. The noise and splash created however clearly demonstrated that those “ice cubes” would probably shred and crush our zodiac if we were underneath them. Unfortunately the group in another zodiac began to yell in an attempt to get more ice to break off. I find that unfortunate for three reasons. 1. Yelling is obnoxious period. 2. I do not want to be watching a large chunk of a glacier break away from a tiny zodiac floating in the body of water the ice will be collapsing into, for obvious reasons. 3. Yes watching the ice break away is dramatic, but it’s also somewhat sad considering that this glacier, like all but a few of the rest of the glaciers in the world are retreating. Those small bits represent the disappearance of one of nature’s wonders. In the geological time scale the glaciers will return, but in the human time scale they’ll be gone for good.
At the farewell dinner a low grade sea sickness was returning. I commented on how amazed I was that no one else seemed to be affected by it. One of my table mates said she was wearing a patch behind her ear, another said he was taking pills for it. Oh so everyone else came prepared. I never really got to enjoy the top notch food on the cruise.