This one is from my journey aboard Discovery in Prince William Sound 2008. I traveled with that small ship again (can you see the boat?) this year and the painting hangs in pride of place on the ship in the lounge.
This is Surprise Glacier. A number of these glaciers we kayaked up to within half a mile and watched the calving. Awesome experience!!

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Comment by Lorna Allan on October 6, 2010 at 7:58
That was a good story too Ro. Sometimes there is no other explanation but that there are angels around us. Its happened to me too many times - even on that same journey.. not on that boat but at other times and places.
Go well my friend
Comment by Roena King on October 6, 2010 at 4:11
Oh my, what an exciting story. I was sitting on the edge of my seat getting closer to the computer screen so as not to miss a word or skip a line. My heart was beating! Oh, yes, yes, yes. I am a believer and this is not the first account that someone's life was saved doing some impossible feat to get to safety. Our daughter was near crushed while training race horses, there was a fall, and she jumped backwards off of the horse up in the air backwards about 4 feet and landed safely. It was an impossible position for a human to do that. /// My own experience was when I was in the 2nd grade. All my cousins and I were taking turn riding a pony. Finaly my turn came, I was on the pony, my aunt called that Peter Pan just came on TV, everyone left me. Bad pony that would bite you if you tried to get off! Pony went over to knee deep grass and started to eat. It would do nothing but eat. If I tried to get off it tried to bite me. I just remember praying to God. All of a sudden the pony left the tall grass, walked over to the front porch, and just stood there for me to get off! Angels are watching over us! Thank goodness. Ro
Comment by Lorna Allan on October 5, 2010 at 20:10
Haha...actually Ro, it did happen! And was the largest calving the owner of the boat or the guide had seen ever. It went on for two hours and there was me, the newbie to kayaking stuck out in my kayak. Only one other Kayaker was still not aboard the boat but he was very experienced. We were given safety briefing and I did all that I could with that, lining my kayak up to face the rolling waves that just kept coming and coming. It went on for two hours, just huge ice falls and the continuous waves. I put the paddle across my legs and held it with my elbows while grabbing my camera from its plastic bag between my legs and kept my finger on the button, wish it had been a video at that stage. My brain was saying "Wow!! Wow!' It was an amazing experience albeit very dangerous.
When it all slowed down I found I was between what looked like two huge icebergs. This was a 'no no' as they protrude out under the water. I now believe it was one iceberg with a hollow between because the bottom of the kayak was scraping on the ice beneath the water. I could see it. No one could get to me and so I thought very carefully how I was going to get out of this, couldnt paddle nor push off the icebergs as either could turn me over and you can be dead in 30 seconds. I gently touched each side, very gently one side then the other till I manouvered my way out. Then it was paddle hard back to the boat to load via a skiff, the speed being of the essence as the icebergs were in danger of damaging the gearing on the boat. I couldnt get alongside because of the ice building up between. A moment in time is still missing as somehow all I remember is the words in my head...the rope on the back and your camera - then suddenly I was in the zodiac. Totally weird! I havent figured, neither have others there, how that last part happened, especially to stand up suddenly in a kayak while grabbing a rope from behind you, a camera and jumping with both across a gap of about four foot of water and into a rubber sided zodiac. An angel was on my shoulder that day. (O:
Sorry to blather on...(O:
Comment by Roena King on October 5, 2010 at 17:26
Two times in my life I heard a tree break. Once in the pine woods a limb broke - such a loud crack - then it came crashing down. Thank goodness across the stream from me. The other was a huge pecan tree. We heard a loud noise - crack - so strange as the top of the tree leaves began to shake - then the tree just fell over. It broke off about 3 feet above the ground and came crashing down. Again, thank goodness it was falling away from me. This is not to compare with a glacier cracking - I would have been concerned that a huge sheet of ice would have fallen into the water causing a tidal wave coming right at me in my tinsy, tiny kayak! Ro
Comment by Lorna Allan on October 5, 2010 at 13:17
Hi Ro, dont is the most natural and beautiful color on earth and even as a word it means a lot. (O:

Oh and imagine being in a kayak even closer and looking up, experiencing the profound silence and yet there is sound...especially when the glacier is moving a cracking further back beyond the face and that is like a cannon going off.
Thank you for your kind words.
Comment by Roena King on October 5, 2010 at 12:55
Oh Lorna this is just beautiful. Talk about feeling small while standing on the stern and looking up. Truly a memory and trip of a lifetime. I would love to experience something like that. I am just green with envy! LOL Ro


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