Glacier Hike

3 Jul

Wow. I’m not quite sue how to describe today’s adventure.

We trekked out to Mendenhall Glacier. That may not seem like a huge thing but it was a challenge. The hike was maybe 50% physical & 85% mental.

The trail stated out easy enough. A beautiful hike through the forest. But then it takes a turn. We went down stone faces & up stone faces. We traversed waterfalls & streams. Then you get to a clearing & it hits you – that’s a long way up & over.

This is the first of many rock faces we scaled to touch the glacier

This is the first of many rock faces we scaled to touch the glacier

It was physically taxing & mentally exhausting trying to keep G~ from going over the face of a cliff. E~ did very well. He lost his shoe but managed to keep it together while we dug it out of the muck. An hour after we climbed the face, we made it to the glacier. It’s an awe-inspiring sight. The color was so blue. The kids climbed into a hole made by a boulder or something.

Inside the glacier

Inside the glacier with Emma

After spending a bit of time at the face, we headed back up. We found a path back, had some lunch, changed our socks & started back down to the trail. G~ climbed every rock in sight & Emma swam in every glacial pond she could find, still begging for someone to throw her a tennis ball. Crazy kid. Crazy dog.

I am exhausted. My body aches, my neck is stiff & I have a bit of a headache. But it was an amazing feat & worth the effort.

For the numbers people, we hiked 6.5 miles & had an elevation change of 4000 ft. That doesn’t mean we climbed a 4000ft mountain, but that over the 6.5 miles, we went up (& down) 4000 ft worth of hills.

Scared. Exhilarated. It was quite a day!




One Response to “Glacier Hike”

  1. Kristi Leckband July 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Great description. I could feel the trepidation as you were watching G~ like a hawk; he’s quite brave, I’d say. You did a lot of walking. Way to go!

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