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Icefields Parkway - Pg. 3
Athabasca Glacier
August 27, 2003


On the Way (Canada)

Alaska at Last!

Tok to Valdez

  Mineral Creek
  Lu-Lu Belle Cruise

Russian River

  Misc. Pics

Whittier Road

Portage Glacier

Backyard Bear!

  Kenai Cruise

  Flightsee Denali

Denali Nat'l Park

Kluane Lake

Cassiar Hwy. Bear
  Highway Scenes

  Waterfall Road

Jasper Nat'l Park
  Maligne Lake

Icefields Parkway
  Athabasca Falls
  Athabasca Glacier
  Overnight at Glacier
  Lake Louis Road
  Lake Louise

Banff, Alberta

Johnston Canyon

Misc. Pics

Fireweed Pics

Skagway (side trip)
  White Pass RR
  Return Trip

Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip

Our first day on the Icefields Parkway ended after only 86 miles. We stopped to take in the Athabasca Glacier, one of the many glaciers fed by the Columbia Icefield. It's hard to find words to describe the enormity of this amazing thing. It's large enough to be seen from the International Space Station, and in places the ice is over 1,200 feet thick.

We took a tour on a SnoCoach, a gigantic bus with monster tires that treads over the ice and brings you onto the mouth of the Athabasca Glacier where it spills from the Icefield. We stood on the ice where it is as thick as the Eiffel Tower is tall.
I haven't been this excited since I had a bear in my back yard in Anchorage!
The guide said we were unusually lucky that day because for days and only 2 hours before, it was too foggy to see the beautiful surrounding mountains and too windy and cold to stand out there the 20 minutes you get to explore the glacier. We had sunshiny clear skies with no wind and were able to enjoy every vantage point of this fantastic wonder of the world.
That's icy water flowing slowly - the sound was unique and refreshing.
Me and Mom in front of a glacier waterfall
Next - Overnight stay at: Athabasca Glacier
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