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Sled Dogs and Glaciers

Visiting some sled dogs and walking up to Exit Glacier

semi-overcast 68 °F

We had planned a surprise tour for the grandkids, a tour of Seavey’s, this is the company that runs in the Iditarod races, and wins.

We got to Seavey’s and sat thru the introduction then the kids started realizing what the morning was about; holding the puppies and riding in a cart being pulled by sled dogs.

The puppies are about 3-weeks old and little bundles of fur. The puppies snuggled up to each kid, Sequoia really wanted to get one, but, we bought a stuffed one instead. I told them to ask their parents for live dogs when they get home.

The rides are fun for us IMG_20160728_102800266.jpgIMG_201607..1010102_HDR.jpg but are actually training runs for the dogs. Experienced dogs are in the front and young dogs in the middle and rear. The experienced dogs bark to get going while the younger dogs look around. Our experienced dogs were part of the team that won this year’s Iditarod race.

From Seavey’s, we went to Exit Glacier, this is off the Harding Ice Field. The Bear Glacier that we saw from the boat is also off of the Harding Ice Field.
We hiked up to the ice field on one of our first trips to Alaska. When we came with the older grandkids there was 6’ of snow on the trail. This time, we decided that kids were not ready to hike this. They could have made it but the trail is steep and round-trip 8+ miles. We did not want to subject ourselves to this.

The glacier has receded quite a bit since we were here with the older grandkids, Dale is guessing 2-3 football field lengths. All of our glaciers are receding but to see the evidence is quite shocking. I will try to find a photo from our prior trip and post that with the current photo, side by side. Exit has receded to the extent that it is too far away to touch. I wonder what will be left for our great grandkids.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:21 Archived in USA Tagged nature travel alaska outdoors grandkids kenai rv_travel exit_glacier

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