Taku and Tracy Arm

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.

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Debarking at Taku. You can see the height of the tides on the posts.
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Piles and machinery from the cannery, closed fifty years ago.
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Anemones at low tide
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Luna on the mud flats

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.

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The Alaskan Dream is a catamaran
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South Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm. The boat in the picture is about the same size as the Dream.
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Harbor seal mother and pup on the ice
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Arctic terns
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A group heads out in the DIB
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Ice sculpture
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Iron oxides make some of the rock walls look like paintings
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Leaving Tracy Arm

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2 thoughts on “Taku and Tracy Arm

  1. Thanks for the strong photos and the interesting text. I am always surprised at how much Luna has grown every time I see another photo of her. She’s a beautiful girl.

  2. Great pictures and narration! Tracy Arm is where Fitz and I went in early September a few years ago (awesome calving) and I with the grandkids in early June (couldn’t get that big ship very far in but still beautiful)

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