Dodging chunks of ice, paddleboarders soak up splendors of Glacier Bay for 4 days


The pair of Canadians was fortunate the weather they encountered was largely favorable, with stretches of flat seas and sunshine for half their four-day paddleboard trip.

A typical summer day in 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve might see cruise boats, kayakers and anglers on the water, hikers on shore, flightseers in the air.

And increasingly, paddleboarders paddling among ice floes.

Many Glacier Bay paddleboarders use rentals arranged by two of the four tour companies that ferry hundreds of thousands of visitors through the visually stunning national park. But late last month, a couple of visiting Canadian paddleboarders spent four days paddling 35 to 50 kilometers on a trip that may be unprecedented.

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