I woke up early the first night of our Alaska cruise. It was light outside; I went up on deck to enjoy the wilderness and the quiet. From the photo capture time, at 4:32 am in July, Alaska has enough sunlight to see these mountains and a glacier.
At breakfast we got underway. By 8:00 we had crossed the inlet and were sailing up a fjord with steep sides.
After visiting Brooks Falls on our 2015 Alaska vacation, we flew to Juneau to meet the ship for an inside passage cruise. While in Juneau, we saw the Mendenhall Glacier. Shown above, the glacier has been receding since the mid-1700s; it receded from the near shore in the past 70 years.
Our return from Brooks Falls to Anchorage on our Alaska vacation turned out to be a real treat. After a float plane ride, our small plane flew up a glacier-carved valley surrounded by towering mountains with glaciers in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.