Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Last of Hubbard

This is the last run of the Coral Princess to Alaska this season and her last visit to the Hubbard Glacier. It was a spectacular day and there were several great calvings. A few minutes after I took this picture the forty foot pilot boat sailed within a hundred yards of the ice wall and I got a picture of it on my other camera. I will publish it when I get back home.
We are about a mile away but the perspective of the tiny boat so close to it is quite revealing.
Statistics are overwhelming. It is six miles wide at the water, 600 feet high and about 78 miles long. It is fed by eight different glaciers along its length. They call it the galloping glacier cause it moves five feet a day and is one of the largest tide water glaciers in the world. I can't tell you how incredible the sound is. It thunders like a Texas rain storm as it creaks along it's way.
I have to say I will miss it very much. I have taken for granted this biweekly meeting. And it is hard to say goodbye to my majestic friend with no solid plans to return soon. God's art work is extremely impressive. I am blessed with a profession that allows me to make a living while I experience such beauty. I must have done something very good in a former life to be treated to this one.
I have said it before but my favorite movie quote is from "Network News". John Hurt says to Albert Brooks, "What do you do when your life exceeds your dreams?" Albert Brooks responds, "You keep it to yourself. "
I guess I mucked that up already.
As you were,



Roomie said...

Mucked what up?..your secret is safe with us...always...we feel blessed to have shared these fabuloous natural wonders on your cruises with you these last weeks....hope all is well and we send our love to you.....what's next on your "adventure list?"
Carry on,

Roomie said...

Must proof my entries....or get Mandy to do it...she's a better eye for the mistakes....that's
Carry on...