Columbia Glacier cruise

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Cruised out to the Columbia Glacier ice fields not far from Valdez, Alaska, and glimpsed chunks of calves ice so blue, they looked like trapped sky.

Saw bald eagles perched on treetops, mountain goats stepping gingerly along narrow cliffside ledges, stellar sea lions sunning on south-facing shores, even a humpback whale casually surfacing along a stretch of coastline probably feasting on salmon fry. The standout, though, was having my Titanic moment and leaning over the railing of the ship’s prow to watch Dall’s porpoises surf the bow wave. So amazing and joyful to see their fins pierce the surface with a whistle as they played in the wake.

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