129/376 - Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier
“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”     ~Chuck Palahniuk
The Mendenhall glacier in Juneau was my first glacier. It is part of the Tongass National  Forest (the largest National Forest in the US). Being able to just stand there and watch it was amazing. This picture makes it look much farther away that it was. We were RIGHT THERE. To our far right was a trail that led over to where the waterfall is on my picture. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to amble over there. This picture was taken from the visitor center. We eventually walked down to the area in the foreground and got an even closer view. Down there we could watch the glacier in relative quiet and listen to the birds as they flew around looking for food to give their babies. One hour on location just wasn't enough. If you want a more current view of this glacier try clicking on this link that takes you to a webcam view.

Whatever you may think is the cause, we saw many places on this trip where global warming is plainly evident. We received maps of northern waterways that were completely and solidly frozen over approximately 250 years ago and we were told that most glaciers are currently retreating. I'll be glad to show you what was given to me. I can understand (not support, but understand) that some people believe that global warming happens to be a climate trend and not caused by emissions and bad behavior on the part of mankind. But I firmly believe you are deluding yourself (and dangerously obstructionist) if you believe that global warming isn't happening.
/soapbox off

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