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. 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. And then another, and another …
The Fjord is about 30 miles long, and as we sailed deeper into the passage we were surrounded by steep, cloud-topped mountains … … 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). 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.
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. 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.