Our adventure began with
service in Juneau. We were anxious to arrive at the bustling
Juneau airport with enough time to get through Security and to the plane
(sarcasm is just one of my talents). We arrived, oh, at least an
hour and a half before our flight.
L.A.B. isn't "through Security". They don't even ask if you are
carrying anything you shouldn't be (yeh, like hijacking a 4-seater plane
would accomplish anything). They make you "check" your purse
(which consists of strapping it in behind the seat). They
But most significantly, it was suddenly obvious why these things are
called "air taxis".
Remember that I said we were early? When we arrived, the woman at
the counter asked us, "Are you ready to go? Do you just want to go
now?" Apparently schedules are just sort of a guideline - we were
ready, they were ready, so there was no reason to just sit around for an
hour and a half. How refreshing!
Glacier Bay is a national park. Bartlett Cove (the park's primary port of entry) is 65 miles west of
It was about a 20 minute flight to Gustavus (at 1200 feet altitude), and
then a ten mile drive from Gustavus to the lodge. There are no
roads to Glacier Bay, and the only road in the park is between Bartlett
Cove and Gustavus. Gustavus is accessible only by ferry or air taxi.
Glacier Bay National Park and
Preserve is a massive park. It commands 3.3 million acres of wilderness
that stretch northward from Alaska’s inside passage to the Alsek River.