Day two’s goals in Alaska were solely focused on standing on a glacier. It was windy and overcast with skies that couldn’t decide if it wanted to rain or snow. October is not known for cooperative weather, but seasons changing meant I could see fall foliage along side a chance to catch the aurora borealis (northern lights).
Shortly after breakfast, my phone rang with the news I had been hoping for. The message was simple, “get here now, we have a small window to make this happen!”
Standing on a Glacier
75 minutes later, I was standing on a glacier at the Lake George National Natural Landmark. The landmark is some 700′ thick which is continually in motion doing glacier-like-things…
The flight seeing company, Alpine Air was excellent and accommodating. The only “gotcha” I found is that the flight seeing tour has a two person minimum. It was just me, so I had to pay for both seats – but they made it up by giving me some extra time slipping and sliding around this amazing sheet of ice. Additionally, the pilot was awesome and flew around the glacier and showed me other features and areas that most don’t see.
Visiting Alaska during the warmer months would make rational sense. I [personally] couldn’t imagine living or traveling there with extremely short days and the bitter cold of winter. Overall, I was very impressed with Alaska; Everywhere you look, there was natural beauty and untouched landscapes – a photographer’s dream.
That evening, I journeyed back to the Anchorage airport and sat in the Alaska Airlines Board Room replaying the amazing things I was able to see while I was here for just a few short days. I grabbed the red-eye home and landed shortly after 6:00am back on the east coast.
Just enough time to drive home, shower and go to work… Definitely looking forward to returning to Alaska soon!