TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #60: The rain came through in torrential waves. Water was flowing off our hoodies as we took each paddle stroke. Even with a visor, my vision was constantly blurred by dripping and blowing rain. The tide had turned with us and was now outflowing, so in the most intense squalls, I would just lay forward on my kayak, protecting my face and neck opening and letting the storm pound down on my back while I drifted on the current. The rain was so intense it produced a “roar” of noise splashing off me, the surface of the water, and the rock... SO, in one of my “drifts” when the roar stopped abruptly, I looked up. A squall had passed, the rain stopped (briefly); and when my eyes cleared this appeared... WTF! We drifted past this entire wall “flowing in” to the glacial face and NEVER saw this! Now, going back out, THIS appeared out of the rain. Equally weird: WE COULD’T FIND ANY OF THE WALL FACES WE SHOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED FROM FLOATING IN!!! One of us proposed that perhaps the wall was actually morphing, at which point it seemed to me we should probably be headed back to camp before we had any further “discoveries” along that line of thought!
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