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Tracy Arm
Alaska Cruise on the Baranof Dream

Cody on deck of Baranof DreamCody on deck of Baranof Dream (Sandra Woerner)
I got up at 6:30 and went to the lounge where Lamech, our fabulous baker, had put out eight different kinds of doughnuts. I ate a coconut and half a maple and bacon(very different) one. For breakfast, I tried the lox and bagel (salmon , cream cheese and capers), but I am not overly fond of salmon for breakfast. As backup, in case I did not like the lox and bagel, I ordered a buttermilk pancake with Sitka Spruce syrup and bacon. We were divided into groups to go in the dib( outboard-driven inflatable pontoon vessel) so we could get closer to the glacier and wildlife. Sixteen of us suited up in our Wellies and rain gear as it was quite cold. Once, we had our like jackets on, we looked like were were from another planet. Tracy Arm, one of the lesser know, has a very unique beauty. It is crammed into a space averaging just a mile wide. This glacial fjord is 32 miles long with mountain walls rising up 4000 feet. Hundreds of seals were lying on the floating chunks of ice. The faces of the baby seals elicited many oohs and ahhs. The ice that had broken off from the glacier was a beautiful blue hue. We saw Sawyer Glacier and well as several waterfalls. I felt like my mouth was constantly open as I was mesmerized by the sights and sounds. Here is some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. There are no words to describe the blue color of that ice We saw a small calving off South Sawyer Glacier which was quite a treat to see. After yet another delicious lunch, Aspen napped and I laid own when the boat started to violently rock. As I opened the door to my cabin, I was thrown across the hallway. a huge calving of Sawyer Glacier sent waves our way. Things started crashing in the bar and kitchen and the crew were desperately trying to hold the glass ware in the galley and bottles in the bar area from falling. Amazingly enough, only one bottle of wine was broken in the lounge. For dinner, we had baked potato soup(the best) fennel salad and Rocky Road cheese cake(oh my goodness!)We docked at Hobart Bay and a group of us went for a short hike. This would be the only night we were docked and not sailing. The bugs were very bad there, but we sprayed ourselves good with bug spray. We saw a Blue Heron. I have to say, I missed sleeping while sailing and it was not quite as cool.

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