Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Swimming in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

I think I’m going to title my first book, ‘From One Disaster to Another’.

I got back, safe and sound, from my most recent trip to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, but somewhat earlier than planned. I’ll tell it to you over a few posts, starting here.

I flew from Anchorage to Yakutat, a small town down on the coast, in northern South East Alaska. I was aiming to go from there to Icy Bay, an inlet on the Gulf of Alaska, and one of the few areas where the park touches the coast. I’d heard bits and pieces about the bay over the years, but knew very little about it. Everyone who’d been simply said ‘Oh, you GOTTA go to Icy Bay’. I’ve always been one to do as I was told, so, in time, I headed for Icy Bay.

So I arrive in Icy Bay. I go paddling, hiking, swimming, and generally have a good ole time. There’s not much that beats being in a place like Icy Bay. I’d have to agree with the recommendation above – you do gotta go to Icy Bay. And how can you go to a place called ‘Icy Bay” and not swim in the bay? So here’s a couple of images of me swimming in Icy Bay.
Swimming in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.
Truth be told, it wasn’t really that cold.

Swimming in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Swimming with icebergs in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Swimming among icebergs in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.
Stay tuned. It gets better.

Cheers

Carl

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11 thoughts on “Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

  1. Beth Lunsford

    Man, it sure LOOKS cold! Are you a member of the POLAR BEAR CLUB??? I hope you do write a book eventually. I’d be the first to buy it!! Stay safe as always!! Looking forward to more on your trip.

  2. Beth Lunsford

    Carl, sometimes I wonder about your sanity!! But you sure are loads of fun & surprises!!

  3. Ron Niebrugge

    “And how can you go to a place called β€˜Icy Bay” and not swim in the bay?”

    You know, I find it pretty easy to not swim in a place like this!

    The funny thing is, when you mentioned on the phone that you went swimming in Icy Bay, my first thought was that you fell in! Didn’t think you would do it on purpose. You are crazy man! And that is coming from someone who has swam in the Copper River!

    Ron

  4. Carl Donohue

    Hey Folks,

    Thanks for the comments. Beth, I actually am a member of the Polar Bear Club – and I’ll be doing my re-certification in a coupla weeks. πŸ™‚

    Ron, you mean ‘fell in’ like out of my boat? Like, my boat flipped and I swam? Dude, that just ain’t gunna happen. πŸ™‚ You swam in the Copper River? Now THAT is crazy. Totally crazy.

    I think M got it right – WAY too much fun. πŸ™‚

    Cheers

    Carl

  5. Carl Donohue

    Hey Mark,

    Ya know what the funniest part about this is? I had to shoot these using the timer on my camera – which means after each shot I’d have to swim back to shore, get out, check the photo, reset it up and shoot again, jump back in, etc. Tons o’ fun!

    Cheers

    Carl

    PS – the 2nd funny part was when I was done swimming, clambered onto the shore and lay on a rock like a bike fat lizard soaking up the sun trying to get warm again. πŸ™‚

  6. Carl Donohue

    Hey Mark,

    Uuuhhmmm .. no, I don’t – I was too cold to worry about taking photos .. and if I did, I’d probably not post them – after swimming in Icy Bay, one is not exactly at their most photogenic, if ya know what I mean. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Cheers

    Carl

  7. Beth Lunsford

    Hey Carl, all I can do is laugh! You are loads of fun & surprises!! I would have liked the lizard photo!LOL.

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