It was dark and gloomy when our ship pulled at the dock that morning. What a change of scenery from the sunny weather in Juneau the previous day! Trusting the weather will remain good, we had booked an adventurous day trip to Glacier Point.
In my previous posts I probably gave you the impression that Alaska is this beautiful, serene place where the sun shines peacefully over the snow capped mountains and blue glaciers melt slowly into crystal clear lakes. But there is a more dreadful face of this vast and wild territory shaped by the forces of nature. A face that most visitors to Alaska may see only briefly and from the shelter of a cruise ship, or a cozy hotel room. The Last Frontier can be a very inhospitable place at times and we had a little taste of it on our trip to the Glacier Point.
Day Trip to Glacier Point
The trip seemed very exciting and it had a little bit of everything: a 50 minute boat trip across the channel, a rain forest hike, and a scenic paddling journey that culminates with a face-to-face view of Davidson Glacier. It would have been a great itinerary for a sunny day, but the weather in Skagway didn’t seem too promising.