Rich and Cindy Ackman Alaska Trip 2018 travel blog

Getting ready to take off

Shoup Glacier from about 20 miles away

An alpine lake in the Glacier Fields

Face of Columbia Glacier 300' tall

Cindy and Leigh our pilot

Standing next to a beached iceberg

Do you think Leigh likes her job?????

A big chunk just fell off. Remember that this ice is 300'...

Don't know why the US Forest Service was there, but they didn't...

Blue Ice

Mountain Goats

What a view

Another great view

Landed on Shoup Glacier for a glass of fresh water

Fresh water pool. The ice here is 1800' thick

Shoup Glacier2

Imagine how deep these crevices are

We call this Lake Florida

Circle rainbow



If you are ever in Valdez, you have to take this 2 hour and 20 minute helicopter tour with VS Helicptor. They could not have done anything better. Leigh, was our pilot and guide for the tour. We felt very safe and secure with her as she is the Chief Pilot and also is a Search and Rescue Pilot. Her knowledge of the glaciers is unsurpassed. Our flight was super smooth and the scenery is such that you could not possibly imagine. Experiencing the glaciers by helicopter is by far the best way to see them.

We flew around what seemed to be a hundred glaciers and then landed on the beach about 1/2 mile away from the face of Columbia Glacier. This is the second largest and also one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. We were able to hear the ice crack and saw 3 large chunks of ice fall off the face of the glacier. About 13,000,000 tons of ice break off the face of the glacier each day. The deep blue color of the glacier is caused by compaction of the snow pack. The face of this glacier is about 300' high and it is an estimated 1800' thick with 1500' being below water level.

We then flew over and landed on Shoup Glacier where we enjoyed a cold glass of glacier water.

It's the first time we ever stood on top of 1800' of ice.

As I have said before, the scale of these glaciers is impossible to show in pictures.

So, if you ever come to Alaska, make this your #1 stop. You won't regret it.

Leigh, thanks for making this day so special.

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