Sunday, July 8, 2012
Matanuska Glacier Hike
You can pay $20 per person to drive up it. But we opted to pay $50 each and get a 3 hour guided tour of the glacier. It included equipment which was good as you really needed crampons to explore the ice.
Josh our goofy guide likes to have us pick up big rocks and drop them down the Mulans. When you do this you realize it is hard hard ice and not snow down there. The rocks bounce and make cool noises until finally hitting the water at the bottom.
Often there are under ice lakes or stream under the glaciers.
And we even got a bunch of sun here and there while we hiked the glacier.
We probably hiked about a total of 3 or more miles.
That is all ice even the gravel looking stuff, it is just covered with gravel the glacier rips apart as it flows down the mountain.
Did I mention the poor college kid is living in a tent here and has no car. So he basically doesn't get to see much of Alaska while he is here. Our guide at another park had a similar problem.
We hung our around this big lake for a while and Reen played in the mud which she was obsessed with. She also got to bring home some glacier water.