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Glacier Bay Podcasts: Early Exploration

Most people are captivated by the beauty and drama of Glacier Bay. Ranger Kevin Richards looks out and he sees the history of it. And for Richards, that history comes alive, as he walks in the steps of everyone from George Vancouver who discovered the Bay, or the Tlingit natives who have made the Bay their home for centuries. Hiking the ranges around Mt. Fairweather, which the native Tlingit called Tanaku (or Paddler’s Mountain) Richards sees lush green meadows and forests thanks to the hefty amount of rain the Bay gets every year. And it’s that weather and that rain that makes the Glaciers.

Richards reminds us that while people remember Captain Cook and George Vancouver voyages by the Bay, John Muir actually put the Bay “on the map.” Muir’s geologic study of Glacier Bay led him to the conclusion that Yosemite had a similar glacier at one time. The conclusion caused quite a controversy, but Muir’s conclusions were based on solid observations and sketches he made of the area and the scars which were strikingly similar to those in Yosemite. So when Driscoll explore the area and backpacks around the Bay he sees the sites that Muir sees, the scars Muir sketched, and the Bay’s history comes alive.

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Listeners can download all 16 of the Glacier Bay podcasts, or only a specific audio file, onto a personal iPod, MP3 or portable media player before embarking on a Holland America Line Alaska cruise to Glacier Bay. Preloaded podcasts on iPods also are available on board for checkout. To access the complete “Glacier Bay Ranger Podcast Anthology” click here.

Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, travel writers, broadcasters and regular contributors to the Holland America blog, worked with the National Park’s rangers, scientists and naturalists to allow you this rare insider’s view into the science and wild beauty of Glacier Bay National Park.

1 Comment
  • Marilyn Peterson

    Enjoyed our trip to Glacier Bay and it was a sunny day which we have beautiful pictures to remind us of her glory. Thanks Holland America for that trip.

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