Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kenai Peninsula (Wasilla to Exit Glacier) ~Alaska Trip Day 35

After 11 days with friends, we left their hospitality and cruised down by the waterside, first stopping at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. A young couple took a cart ride behind a set of sled dogs as we held frisky puppies in their kennel. The film inside focused on the modern-day Iditarod competition with it's many vet checkpoints, cardiograms for the dogs, and safety precautions. It was disappointing to see the ideals of courage & bravery in survival taken from the original race, though it is still no small feat to accomplish.

We stopped in Anchorage for groceries and gas, then drove along the inlet waters of Turnagain Arm. There was a man flying a drone at Beluga Point. We skipped across the railroad tracks to check out the beach and sea; no whales today!

It was a beautiful drive between the water and mountains. Then we cut inland to cross the peninsula toward the town of Seward. At a rest area we hiked into a meadow up a small bluff, only to find someone else already there enjoying the quiet solitude.

The temperature started dropping as we neared Exit Glacier. It was a short breezy hike to view the receding mass of ice. We could have climbed to it if the water hadn't been flooding beneath the glacier into Resurrection River.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but Exit Glacier is over a mile wide!

The cold icy river flowing beneath the glacier.

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