After a 3:00 a.m. stop in Juneau for restocking (I, for one, didn’t wake up) we docked at Taku, the site of a long abandoned salmon cannery. Piles of the building remained and a lot of rusted metal, making for interesting photos and exploration. The tide was out. Tides here vary by twenty-five feet, much more than tides in Santa Cruz which at their extremes only vary by five or six feet. Clams jetted water several feet in the air on the mud flats. After Luna got down and explored, captain Eric very kindly offered to throw her pants in with a load of his laundry.
On to Tracy Arm, a narrow glacial carved fjord with high granite walls, where we visited two tidal glaciers (Sawyer and South Sawyer) and saw a harbor seal rookery, mothers and new pups, on the ice in front of South Sawyer. A large flock of arctic terns flew around the cliffs and perched on the ice. We got to go out in smaller groups in the DIB, the inflatable zodiac style boat we towed behind, and get closer to the glaciers and the ice floes.