This day we took a boat tour of Glacier Bay on the Good Ship St. Phillip (A "Jet Powered Catamaran", technically.) None of the wildlife photos really came out, but there were sea lions, eagles, mountain goats, whales, and lots of interesting birds including puffins.
August 21, 2013
Open Photo GalleryAfter we took a hike. (Where we met a small(ish) Black Bear also taking a hike)
The dock at Glacier Bay National Park
Alaska is beautiful.
Natural waterfall. St. Phillip was also dropping off and picking up teams of kayakers out for one- to two-week camping/kayaking expeditions.
Margerie Glacier. That's a fullsized cruise ship there, for contrast. It is nearly impossible to get a sense of scale of things in Alaska; things are so often much farther and much larger than they appear.
KERPLUNK! A future iceberg calves off of Margerie.
After the boat ride we hiked the Bartlett River trail. GO HOME TREE YOU'RE DRUNK.
I forget the name of this plant but it was vibrant! (PS it's "horsetail")
Pausing to reflect.
The temperate rainforest was so lovely.
Bartlett River -time for skinny dipping! I admired the planks-covered-with-netting they had out for some of the muddy parts of the trail.
Scalia is a disgusting troll, a "strict originalist" only when it's convenient to him and people like him. Disgraceful. (Another good view on this kind of strict constructionism )
Fun Quora about common knowledge at your place, astonishing everywhere else The Software Engineering one wasn't 100% right, but wasn't too far off.