We left Petersburg for the highlight of our trip, LeConte Glacier. It is truly a magical place, beautiful and pristine. As we traveled through LeConte Glacier, we saw blocks of ice that were sculpted into amazing shapes, sometimes looking like something familiar, like a seal. Sometimes the ice would be a shade of blue, and sometimes it would be a very deep blue, so beautiful that everyone had to take pictures. We saw many sheets of ice floating in the water and they were frequently full of seals, many with their young. It was incredible to see so many seals in this natural setting. We were told that orcas avoided going into glacial areas, so these areas become a safer area for seals to raise their young. Brenda navigated the boat up towards the main wall of the glacier but keeping far enough away to be safe from the waves that would result from a large block of ice breaking off into the water. We did see some large pieces break off and got to hear the thunder-like sound that was made.
All in all, LeConte was a trip that I will never forget. Brenda really was personable and professional. The pace of the trip was good and I felt like I got to spend enough time at the site. Brenda supplied ample information about all aspects of what we saw. I would recommend using Alaska Charters for tours out of Wrangell. Even though the trip is costly, I felt like I got my money’s worth and the memories and pictures are priceless.