Hubbard Glacier

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Hubbard Glacier is located in eastern Alaska and part of Yukon, Canada. This was taken from a distance, but our ship took us closer. What’s really nice about cruise ships is that they turn the ship from side to side so everyone gets a good look. That doesn’t always happen, so we pretty much ran around the decks taking photos. πŸ™‚

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The glacier was named for Gardiner Hubbard, an American lawyer, financier, and philanthropist who was the first president of the National Geographic Society. He was also one of the founders of, and the first president of, the Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T).

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Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell taught deaf children? Hubbard’s daughter Mabel was one of his students and later became Bell’s wife.

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It takes about 400 years for ice to traverse the length of the glacier.

What was crazy to me was that one on side you had the glacier, and on the other side, this:

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and this:

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I was reminded of the Na’Pali Coast in Hawaii. Only it was a lot colder outside. We needed sweaters, jackets and jeans in the sunshine. In July.

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The water was glassy like this the whole time we were there.
Hubbard Glacier is next to a body of water called Disenchantment Bay. Alessandro Malaspina called it “Puerto del Desengano” in 1792 when he realized it wasn’t the entrance to the Northwest Passage. Talk about misnomer.

Later that night we saw a lot of scenes like these:

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Nothing but mountains, sea and sky. Occasionally another ship in the far distance. I loved every minute.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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11 Responses to Hubbard Glacier

  1. anroworld says:

    Breathtaking views! Place is amazing. I have never been on a ship cruise, I bet It’s fantastic!

  2. Caroline says:

    It’s so interesting to see that the two sides look so different.
    I bet it’s amazing to stand so close to the glaciers.

  3. Susan says:

    Wow – the water is so calm it looks like a huge lake !

  4. DimitriosFan says:

    Great Post and pictures! Alaska is and always was one of my dream places! Hope I’ll make it there soon.

  5. So amazing and beautiful! Very interesting facts too!

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