Pictures from Cordova Alaska

  • Trip to Child's Glacier

    The road from Cordova to the airport is about twelve miles. Once it exits the mountains, its ruler straight for maybe eight miles. About quarter mile past the airport the pavement stops. From there, there is about thirty miles of crushed rock road leading out to Child's Glacier. The weather tears it up most every winter and it gets rebuilt from the ample supply of crushed rock.

    We took two trips out there, both on a Sunday afternoon. The first trip only made it a bit more than half way there. The snow was too deep and had not yet been plowed/removed. The following Sunday, we tried again and made it.

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    But before you start a possibly arduous journey, eat a decent meal. And a good mean should end with a good dessert. This is the dessert of the day from the Moose Caboose, the only diner at the airport.

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    Just in case you didn't get a good look at that hot crumb crust apple pie with with delicious creamy cold ice cream. Go ahead, click on the larger image and get a good look. (Got your tickets to Cordova? Remember, only at the Moose Caboose.)

    Here is a place holder waiting for pictures from other members of our expedition. Please send your pictures and a caption for each to webmail at bkelly dot ws. Let me ammend that: if you have some good pictures of glaciers or any other subject in alaska, that you took, send me a copy.

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    Our first look at Chile's glacier.

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    A closer look with a bit more detail. The amount of crushed rock on top of the glacier was surprising. The entire face of the glacier appears to be large chunks only partially fused together. We heard an ocassional crack, but no calving and nothing of significance fell from the face.

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    The first in a series of five pictures panning across the glacier.

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    Number Two

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    Number Three

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    Number Four

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    Number Five

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    Some blue ice can be seen on the face of the glacier. It appears that some small pieces have recently fallen. There was a steady stream of ice floating down the river. The river was about 100 yards wide and we estimate the flow here was about 3 to 5 miles per hour.

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    This appears to be all the members of our little expedition.

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    After taking the previous picture, I turned around and photographed the bank. Notice the complete lack of trees for maybe a hundred yards from where I stand, and even further from the edge of the water. When the glacier calves a large chunk, the waves will wash up well past the closest trees. These pictures were taken in middle spring. In late summer, this is clearly a dangerous place to stand.

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    This bridge is named the Million Dollar bridge. It was heavily damaged during a recent winter and several million dollars were required to fix it.

    Hopefully, some of my fellow travelers will send some pictures to add to this collection. Thats all for this trip, to this glacier, for now.

    July 2007