Tuesday 9th August. By Jodie.
We’ve finished 18 days of paddling in Glacier Bay National Park. For the first 12 of those days we didn’t speak to any other people. We’re waiting at the pickup beach for the tour boat to collect us. It arrives and we get on board. It’s Tuesday, the busiest day, and the boat is packed with hundreds of tourists on a day trip of Glacier Bay. The on board Park Ranger, today’s tour guide, quizzes us about our experience and then weaves our story into his narration over the boat’s PA system. He makes it sound adventurous and fascinating.
It’s a friendly crowd, and folks start to gather around us, eager for conversation. They have to wait a bit, as my mouth is fully occupied with devouring a ham and salad sandwich.
It’s an overwhelming reception, but a nice one. Before we know it, we’re back at Bartlett Cove. After explaining to the excited Parks staff again about the wolverine, whales and bears, we learn that the Lodge has a cancellation and we get a hotel room. Oh joy, a hot shower and beer are closer than we think.