Our bike ride took us along the Resurrection River, the result of glacier melt.
If Mendenhall Glacier, outside of Juneau, is a “drive-up” glacier, then Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward, is a “walk-up” glacier. We rented bikes and rode 12 miles out of Seward to the Kenai Fjords National Park visitors center. Then we hiked another six-tenths of a mile to overlook the foot of the glacier. I have never been this close to a glacier, and it was literally awesome.
the lower moraine field, with Exit Glacier in the background
There she is!
Don from Minnesota providing me with a stepping stone
Now I can cross the stream into the upper moraine field. Thanks, Don!
beautiful patterns in the silt
Don retrieving a growler from the stream
growler released back into the wild
the hike to the glacier–the people in the photo give you some perspective!
…and there’s the foot!