Experience | Tracy Arm Fjord

Monday, August 13, 2018

"It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world."- Mary Oliver







Tracy Arm Fjord | I had never heard of a fjord until researching our Alaskan vacation. A fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by a glacier. We awoke on our third morning to find ourselves cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord, one of the most magnificent and breath-taking fjords of Alaska. Since it was late June, the bodies of land were scattered with beautiful and luscious greenery and trees. The rock appeared smooth and aged, as though the snow and ice had polished it over thousands of years. There were patches of snow and ice on the cliffs, as well as in the water. One of the most surprising aspects of Tracy Arm is that the temperature is rather mild, rather than super cold, which causes the fog to rise and settle among the mountains.

I was the first in my family to wake up on the morning of Tracy Arm. I went up to the deck at about 6 am while it was still cold and ate breakfast alone. It was difficult to find a table since many others were taking in the beauty and astonishing views. However, I eventually settled at a table with another lone breakfaster. The exquisiteness and natural refinement of the cliffs in which we were cruising though were magnificent and heart-stirring. My brain could not even begin to comprehend the magnitude and beauty of Tracy Arm, but I did my very best to take in and appreciate it as much as possible. 

In the few hours that we were in the presence of nature's true beauty and wonder, life felt both so much bigger than we can ever know but also so much simpler. Who are we and our problems compared to these cliffs and glaciers and sea green water and trees? We're not special, we are spectators of this elegant, illustrious sight. Although I am not a religious person, I would categorize my time in Tracy Arm as a religious experience and life-changing. It was one of two times during our Alaskan vacation where I felt a shift in my life and consciousness, as if I was one with nature and the Earth. In that moment, Alaska became my first true love and I wanted to escape into the mountains forever.

10/10

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