Sunday, July 5, 2009

Misplaced Pictures from July 3rd Afternoon

Well, I really goofed and failed to post pictures of the afternoon of July 3rd as we drove from Valdez back to Glennallen. The kids had just asked me if they were going to get to climb a glacier today...and I said not until we get to Alberta, Canada. Then around the curve we see a sign that says "Worthington Glacier" and we could see it from the road. I don't know how we missed it the day before, but we drove into the parking lot and spoke to the attendant. She said we could walk up to the glacier from a viewing platform. She told us it has receded over 40 ft. each year and that the glacier used to be almost to the road when she first came to Alaska. She also said the glacier is growing in thickness every year at the rate of 28 more feet due to the snowfall build-up. It is over 6 miles long. I stayed at the viewing platform while Gil and Suzanne and Mitch took the trail up to the glacier. It took them about an hour to get there, and about a half hour to get down. It was exciting for the kids to see a glacier up close and touch the ice. We should get another chance to do that in Alberta next week. Sorry these are out of sequence. You can see July 4th pics next.

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