Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Dog Sledding in Juneau
After that, we boarded our dog sled and began our trek around. We took turns both sitting and standing on the sled, and I have to say it was very cool.
Carrie drives the sled...
The REAL driver...
Once we returned back to the camp, we were able to play with the puppies. One tried to eat my nose, my ear and it became obvious why they said no earrings at the beginning of the trip.
Then it was time to go home. Again an amazing view and a close up of the ice that makes up the Mendenhall Glacier.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
With the change of captains, also came a change in approach to visiting the glacier. Our first time in, we came withing 1.5 nautical miles and then our closest approach was .75 nautical miles. You realize the immenseness of the ice mass. We were close enough to be able to hear the ice calve or break off into the ocean. Despite the fact that the ice was breaking off into the sea at a relatively consistant rate, we have been told by the naturalist that Glacier is actually growing.
I'm not sure that you can appreciate how large the glacier is until you actually get close to it. Even in the pictures, while you can tell it is big, you see in some of the last photos, that it really is quite a massive entity. I wish I would have paid more attention to the naturalists talks, as he gave statistical data which would have given more empahsis to the size ~ such as the average chunk of ice that calves is about the size of an automobile.
From a distance:
Closer to the ice:
The ice flow just in front of the Glaciers
And a wee iceburg