Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm. June 20, 2011
27 June 2011 | posted at Juneau
Photo: Dawes Glacier
A large chunk of ice let loose from the face of the glacier with a roar, setting up a series of waves and sending Osprey rolling. To the sound of cracking ice was added the constant roar of waterfalls and the drip and clink of ice on water.
From our location a quarter mile off the face of Dawes Glacier, all we could see were blue and white turrets rising straight up out of the water. In fact from the water the glacier looked almost small, a cozy little glacier. But we knew the glacier was a lot more than its face. Motoring around the final turn before the glacier, we’d been greeted with the site of the huge ice-river sweeping down from mountains far above.
That morning as we ate breakfast, we had listened to cruise ships and other marine traffic on the VHF radio. A constant stream of boats and ships seemed to be heading up Tracy Arm to Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Slow-going boats like ours could get to the Sawyer Glaciers and back in an easy day while a trip to Dawes required either a very long day or an overnight stop somewhere. Perhaps that’s why we had a whole glacier to ourselves. It was worth it.