May 6, 2016
I like the way this photo helps communicate just a small portion of the vast Mendenhall Glacier. It was an amazing experience just to see the glacier, and to experience a dog sled ride on top of it. It's hard to imagine the dedication of the young people that live up there for 9 months of each year and work hard to train the dogs in preparation for the grueling races. It is evident that they love what they do, so they are happy and are apparently used to the conditions. We talked to several about the experience. They don't have running water and the small buildings that they live in are heated by propane. The helicopters that ferry the tourists to and from the glacier are used by them to go into town every other day or two in order to shower and buy supplies, then return.
We were there in mid-July, and it was freezing cold.
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin
Have a great day!