Back Again To The Ice Caves (Part 2)

30 08 2010

Once we made it down to the glacier, it did not disappoint.  There was one distinct cave down there that you could walk all the way through.  This was the first time I’ve been down where you could start at one end and actually exit from the other.  We spent about an hour down at the glacier wondering around and taking photos.

Hopefully you can get a feel for the cave from these two photos…

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The ice inside the cave is such a clear blue color, but the top looks all white with brown dirt throughout.  The ice looks like scales to me…

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Here’s Emily and me at the opening…

This shot is from the inside of the cave through a hole on the edge of the top…

Inside ice up close…

You can see the water drops coming down in this one with Emily.  You get pretty wet walking through as the ice drips…

This was the part of the entrance we stayed away from, as this rock sat perilously on the ice.  I would bet that if we went back again this week, this rock would have fallen…

Emily is touching the glacier…

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This is Eric and Emily walking through the cave on our way back…

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Here’s an action shot of Emily climbing down the rocks on our way back to the car…

And finally, this is a shot from close to sea level to show what our hike entailed.  We ended up hiking all the way to the top of this hill, which was exhausting.

All in all, an excellent afternoon of hiking.  You have to love the ice caves.

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Intermission Video

30 08 2010

This is a short video of Emily’s first look at the main cave we saw…





Back Again To The Ice Caves (Part 1)

30 08 2010

Unlike the horror movie series “Saw,” our trips to the ice caves have not gotten worse over time.  The plot always changes, as the ice is always shifting around.  And the people always change, as this time it was my sister Emily, along with Eric and Lisa (and Ali).  I am going to post these photos in two parts because there were a bunch taken.  And I think they are looked pretty sweet, so I did not cut all that many from the blog.

The hike is certainly a more strenuous way to get to the ice caves that kayaking is.  Our legs are still a little sore today.  There’s a lot of climbing, maneuvering around awkward rocks, and some flat stretches.  It took us about 90 minutes to actually get to the caves.   Here are a few shots from our first water break…

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We made it from around that water down below all the way up to this point.  It was a solid bit of climbing…

I will have to give credit here where it’s due.  Michele is the first one of us to take the three photos like below, zooming in a little each time.  I think it gives a great perspective on the size of the Mendenhall Glacier.  This is Emily on a rock about 40 feet from me…

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And here’s Eric and Lisa and Ali in what I thought turned out to be a pretty cool photo…

The glacier…

This waterfall was a lot smaller on our first trip tot he ice caves 3 years ago…

The piece of ice in front is one of the longest icebergs I have ever seen…

That’s Eric there below the rock face.  Instead of going over it, we decided to go around…

We treated ourselves to some Budweiser 55 when we got close…

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People build these little rock formations as sign to show which way is the right route.  Usually you make them tall enough to be seen from a distance…

There’s the crevasse…

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I will put part 2 of the adventure up shortly.  While the hike there produced some good shots, the caves themselves were pretty darn impressive.





Odds And Ends

27 08 2010

I was going through some photos last night and realized I had some pretty decent ones that I have not posted yet.  So, to end the week, here are a bunch of random photos I have from the past couple weeks.

Of course, I have to start with a sunset…

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I took this one of a float plane landing  from in front our our place…

Here are a couple of the flume from a lunch time walk with Barkley…

I like this one because the waterfall you can see way up at the top of the mountain runs down to be the water you see at the bottom of the photo where I was walking…

One day this week out Thane Road the water was a great color of blue-green…

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Salmon in Sheep Creek…

These salmon are swimming side by side with fallen brothers…

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Another sunset…

This one is of Barkley out at Eagle Beach on Sunday…

And of course an eagle at Eagle Beach…

I was able to walk far enough out on the beach thanks to a low tide that I was able to see Eagle Glacier behind the mountains…





Finally, High Tide

26 08 2010

You may recall that watercraft purchase I mentioned a few weeks back.  If not, you can check here.  Well, I finally got the high tide I was hoping for.  It was a big one earlier today!  A big one.  And that was just what I needed to get that baby in the water and see how she handles.  I’m still trying to come up with a name, seeing as F/V Abundance is already taken.

Here’s a photo from shortly after I got started on getting her in the water…

Now here’s where I need some input from any boaters out there.  Based on this next photo, do you think I will need more than just a bucket for bailing to keep this gal afloat?

While I was at it, I did manage to take a few other photos of a really nice day in Juneau.  Enjoy…

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Now This Is A Yacht

23 08 2010

I saw this sweet yacht yesterday in the Gastineau Channel with a helicopter parked on the back.  This morning, it was down closer to our place… and the helicopter was taking off!  What luck!  Here are a few quick shots…

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And now it’s in the air!





Give Him The Gold

18 08 2010

As I mentioned in the previous post, I took Barkley out to Twin Lakes on Sunday afternoon.  It was quite warm out, and I even ventured into the water for a bit.  But the highlight was Barkley training for the duathlon event at the next Dog Olympics.  I assume the duathlon consists of swimming the dog paddle, then the high jump.  If not, we’re in trouble!

Up first, I threw his beloved tennis ball a little ways out in the lake.  Normally, you cannot force him into the water.  He knows how to swim, we think he’s just not a fan of the water temp.  But when his tennis ball was on the line, he threw caution to the wind…

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And he’s made it back to land!

I gave him a short rest in between the water and land events…

Now, on to the high jump!

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