Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tremors In The Night

We are camped near the Million Dollar Bridge in the Childs Glacier Recreation Area, a beautiful forested area in the Chugach National Forest.

                                     On one side is a long view of Miles Glacier.

On the other side is our camp, unique due to the thunderous ground tremors and roar of Childs Glacier as the ice continually moves, cracks and tumbles in awesome displays of calving ice into the turbulent Copper River only 1200 feet from our camp.

The 12 1/2 mile long glacier is 3 miles wide and 350 feet high at its very active face. Waves as high as 30 feet have crashed into the viewing area tossing car-sized iceburgs and migrating salmon high onto the beach.

The sharp, loud, cracking boom and shaking ground sounds and feels like dynamite blasting next to a rifle range in a thunder storm.

 The beauty all around us was ours as Kyle Bock, a young man on a bike trip from Fairbanks, was one of the only other campers here.

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