Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tracy Arm Fjord

Good Morning!
Yep, my view this beautiful morning!

  We left Ketchikan (overnight cruise) and now we are on our way to Juneau, but before we get there we are taking a detour through the Tracy Arm Fjord.
A fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion

This shows you the detour we took to the South Sawyer Glacier. 
FYI You only see 1/8 of glaciers. 7/8 are under the water. 


 While sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord Brent Nixon narrated.  He quoted from his own personal journal, Jackson Browne and  John Muir. (naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914).  

 For this experience the ship had changed their fuel and even shut down their incinerators so that the ship could run dead quiet in some places. It was kind of magical.  

 “Keep close to nature’s heart and break clear away once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ― John Muir

“Our good ship also seemed like a thing of life, its great iron heart beating on through calm and storm, a truly noble spectacle. But think of the hearts of these whales, beating warm against the sea, day and night, through dark and light, on and on for centuries; how the red blood must rush and gurgle in and out, bucketfuls, barrelfuls at a beat!” 

   “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening - still all is Beauty!” ― John Muir 

  While sitting on my balcony alone looking at the beauty, listening to quotes over the speaker was emotional for me. Looking back it was a reverent time.   A couple of times Brent Nixon would tell us that he was going to sign off for a bit and wanted us to just enjoy silence.
 He wanted us all to drink it in. 

I have really enjoyed taking photos since moving to Canada, but after being one of the photographers for our stake's Moroni's Quest a few years ago and seeing emotions and vistas through a lens I have  loved taking pictures.  There is something about looking through a lens. You feel close up to the subject whatever it may be and see detail and beauty in a different way.  Hard to explain.  

 “As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can".”― John Muir

 “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life..."  John Muir

  “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” ― John Muir

 The dark spots are seals.  

 This was about as close as we could get.  We were told that sometimes cruise ships aren't able to get this close due to the weather but also, this is the end of the navigation map. The rest of the area to the glacier is uncharted territory as far as mapping goes. 

 “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” ― John Muir

 “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” ― John Muir

 “Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” ― John Muir

  “One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes...” ― John Muir

 “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ― John Muir

 “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains” ― John Muir

  “Maybe the most renewing thing is to be by myself up here, and to spend a few days just thinking. A friend of mine had a phrase for it. She said, ‘That’s called leaning up against the cheek of God.’  The natural beauty…”
Leaning against the cheek of God. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it did seem fitting for the way the sky held us, the tenderness of being here, the sense of nearness to what matters." - Jackson Browne
 “At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.” ― John Muir

Highlight of Day 4- Traveling through the Tracy Arm Fjord
Lowlight of Day 4- Seeing a person with a hotdog on their plate of food.  It was weird to me, but then I realized that there were a lot of foreigners on this cruise and that a hotdog was an all-American food. My bad. 


MLH said...


Jaime Lynne said...

We just returned from the same ship and itinerary you experienced. I was searching the web for some of the quotes i heard Mr. Nixon share during our journey into the Tracy Arm Fjord and came across your blog. Your photos, the quotations and your own words really inspired me. Thank you for sharing them.