Time: 3:51 am, and the sun is just starting to peek through the curtain. I had no idea the sun was going to rise so early. I didn’t want to wake Kristina, so I quietly opened the balcony door. What greeted me took my breath away. I don’t know when I have seen anything so splendid. It was a world of blues, purples, and mist. The ship was passing through the Tracy Arm Fjord of Alaska’s Inland Passage, one of the most pristine environments seen on our voyage. Tracy Arm is a 30-mile glacial ford that reaches deep into the Coast Mountains and deep into our glacial past. It was a trip back in time to the Pleistocene ice age. I didn’t want to take my eyes off the majestic view, but I just had to grab my camera.
I wrapped up in a blanket and settled into the chair, never wanting this morning to end. Even though it was so early, I didn’t feel the least bit tired. I felt invigorated, with my mind wandering to every possible subject. I thought about family, friends, the past, the future, and what I was going to do in the next stage of my life. I had only been cancer-free for six weeks at this time, but felt like I could now live forever. I thanked God for my second chance at life and pondered for another two hours. I have never felt so peaceful.
Look closely at the center of this photo. The translucent-looking straight-lined object is an iceberg. It looked like a mirror and not quite real.