Back to the Ice Age: Sea Kayaking Glacier Bay

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By Michael Lanza

The water of Johns Hopkins Inlet lies flat, perfectly reflecting the first patches of blue sky we’ve seen since arriving in Glacier Bay yesterday morning. I rest my paddle across the kayak and listen. A barely audible moan of wind floats down from high in the mountains, then fades away. A bald eagle screeches, briefly piercing the quiet; but as soon as the sound passes, the silence that returns seems as deep as the sea we’re floating on.

On the second afternoon of a five-day sea kayaking trip, 55 miles up this Southeast Alaska fjord where cliffs shoot straight up out of the sea and razor peaks smothered in ice and snow rise thousands of feet overhead, I’m taking a moment to enjoy a rare pleasure: listening to the cacophony of nothing.

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9 Responses to Back to the Ice Age: Sea Kayaking Glacier Bay

  1. Shane   |  December 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Absolutely love this post and the exceptional photography within it. I spent four years in Alaska, though it wasn’t in the SE, I was up in the Interior in Fairbanks. Loved every minute of it and traveled to see other parts of the state every chance I got. Kayaking out by the glaciers was about the only thing I didn’t manage to do – but there’s not question my old home is an incredible place to find all kinds of outdoor adventures. Thanks for sharing and getting the memories going!

    • MichaelALanza   |  January 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks, Shane, I can’t wait to get back to Alaska. Keep in touch.

  2. Kelly from Portland, OR   |  June 5, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Your post is really helpful. My family is planning a trip in August with our two kids, ages 12 and 9. Did you bring your own tents, sleeping bags, etc?

  3. Jeff | Planet Bell   |  March 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the informative post! The photos are absolutely spectacular. I will have to add this to my life’s to do list.

    • michaellanza   |  March 2, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Hi Jeff, thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoyed this story. I highly recommend this trip.

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  5. kthwilson   |  July 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    This looks like a really awesome trip, thanks for sharing! I’m currently planning an unguided trip for next summer, should be a blast!

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Glacier Bay is a magnificent place.

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