Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

When I saw Carrieanna’s photos of Tracy Arm Fjord (from her 2013 Alaskan cruise), I remember thinking “Oh, that’s pretty scenery.” It looked like a nice location, but I did not feel deeply moved.

That all changed when I saw Tracy Arm Fjord for myself in May.

The words that best describe my experience are: Awe-inspiring, spiritual, reverence. Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM The cruise ship entered the Fjord early in the morning (6:00 a.m.) and soon the occasional chunk of blue glacial ice floated by. Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM And then another, and another …

Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM The Fjord is about 30 miles long, and as we sailed deeper into the passage we were surrounded by steep, cloud-topped mountains … Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM … and pieces of ice ranging in size from smallish to hundreds of feet long (and who knows how much larger below the water’s surface). Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM In the public areas and on the ship’s TV channel Alaskan wildlife and nature specialist Brent Nixon could be heard narrating this part of the journey, in a voice quietly appropriate to the beauty and grandeur of the surroundings. Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM

Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | black bear | ©2016 ImagesByRJM

Mama bear and her cub

Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM I, of course, spent most of my time as close to the front of the ship as possible, looking ahead and watching the scenery with awe, snapping photos and listening to the quiet. Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM I suspect my photos may elicit the same sort of response in you: “Oh, that’s pretty scenery.” To truly appreciate Tracy Arm Fjord, you must go there.

Do it. You won’t be sorry. I promise.

Tracy Arm Fjord | Alaska | glacier | travel | nature | Alaskan cruise | May 2016 | Brent Nixon | glacial ice | ©2016 ImagesByRJM

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