Word has gotten out that Tracey Arm rivals Glacier Bay for magnificent glaciers and stunning scenery.The ice walls calve and collapse into the ocean with a force that creates huge resounding waves.Waves which tinkle the neon blue icebergs like giant ice cubes mingling in a crystal glass.This solid granite canyon must have been created when the earth experienced an extreme upheaval and the rock cracked like a hard-boiled egg to expose wide white bands of contrasting colour that offset the milky green water.This is the ultimate in exterior design.
Tracey Arm is south of Juneau, Alaska by approximately 50 K.Icebergs ranging from barely noticeable (bergies) to spectacular glistening jewels guard the entrance to Tracy Arm.Navigation is difficult because the ice can obscure the range markers at the entrance, or solid blue crystals block the pathway, “Bergs of bergies” do not move readily.
At low tide the whole procedure becomes quite interesting as swirls and tidal rips develop in the sea and mountains of ice sway in the current and are intent on blocking your route…while we have had to do some tricky navigating to get inside, it is worth it.
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