Day 6- Seward Exit Glacier National Park

June 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Finally a day to sleep in!!  After almost a week of getting up before 5am we were able to sleep in until after 8.  We decided to hike around Exit Glacier National Park today at our leisure instead of booking a tour.  Come to find out that a tour wasn't an option anyway due to the amount of snow that is still on the glacier. 

 

So, after a quick breakfast and a bus ride across town to get Jenny some Mucinex and cough medicine (maybe at some point on our honeymoon she won't be sick) we were off to the Glacier.  After a quick half mile hike towards the 'toe' of the glacier....

I know it's hard to show scale in a picture, but yes, the little dots down at the bottom of the glacier are people.  The water on the right of the picture is the start of a river formed by the glacier melting.  In the picture you can see the water feeding the river on the left hand side is from the snow melting, while the glacial melt is on the right hand side. 

Right behind here was a small little ice cave that Jenny caught me trying to get a picture of.  I really wanted to crawl into it, but all of those signs about 'ice falling' gave me other ideas...

Off to the side of the glacier was another glacial 'river' that had a waterfall further upstream.  Here's a picture of Jenny pretending not to be sick in front of it.  :)

Here's a few pictures of the view facing away from the glacier.


After that we decided to hike the half mile up to the side of the glacier to get a different view.  We had to move at a pretty good pace to make it back down for our 4pm shuttle back to downtown Seward.  The hike up was fairly steep and I think Jenny was regretting agreeing to the hike up still being sick, but by that time we were almost there...

 

Short and sweet today!  Tomorrow is CRUISE day!!!  We're checking out of our hotel and spending some time at the Alaska Sealife Center before heading down to the boat harbor to board our cruise. 


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