Friday, August 19, 2011

Hubbard Glacier - Wrangell St. Elias National Park

We cruised into the Hubbard Glacier and Wrangell St. Elias National Park!  This is always such a neat experience as the ship goes really slow and we start to see the ice chunks in the water and then this huge glacier comes in to sight.  It is breath taking!  
Just a few facts:
The Hubbard Glacier is one of the largest and most active tidewater glaciers in North America.
Mt. St. Elias, at 18,008 feet, is the second highest peak in the United States.
Mt. Wrangell, at 14,163 feet, is one of the largest active volcanoes in North America.
This is how Cody watched for the glacier.  He kept saying "ice" when he'd see it.  My friend Teri was on the balcony next to us and kept singing "ice, ice, baby...too cold, too cold" to Cody and dancing.  He loved it and would repeat it and keep asking her to sing it "more".
And when he got bored with looking at the ice he'd play with his cars/trains.
The glaciers will calve off and fall into the water.  There is a load roaring sound as it breaks off and falls into the water and the whole ship will gasp and point when it happens. It's quite an experience.   

And it's always fun to see ocean creatures like this seal.
Another fun fact is one of Cody's middle names is Elias named after this mountain!

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