WOOHOO DEERS AND BEARS OH MY!??!?!?!

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WATER

NOT TO BE MISSED............



Portage Glacier
is a glacier on the Kenai Peninsula of the U.S. state of Alaska and is included within the Chugach National Forest. It is located south of Portage Lake and 6 km (4 mi) west of Whittier.

 

Portage Glacier was a local name first recorded in 1898 by Thomas Corwin Mendenhall of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, so called because it is on a portage route between Prince William Sound and Turnagain Arm.

 

Portage Glacier may be hard to see but it's much easier to see where it has been. In the last few years the glacier face has begun retreating from the lake it created. A small section in the center has exposed bedrock but much of the glacier face is still in the water and extends down more than 100 feet into Portage Lake.

DEEP
  Portage Glacier is still considered a valley glacier. Nearby are several "hanging glaciers," that is glaciers that come part way down a mountainside. Glaciers that reach the sea are called tidewater glaciers and glaciers that end in lakes are also called -- yes, freshwater glaciers.

 

Iceberg in Portage LakeThe first stop at Portage Glacier should be the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, which contains a number of exhibits as well as a highly recommended film about glaciers: "Voices From the Ice."

 

A walk along the shore of the lake to see icebergs up close may be the next stop. To see the glacier though, it's necessary to drive further along the lake to a sightseeing boat dock and buy a ticket for a cruise through the lake that takes visitors close to the glacier face. The boat may bump along through patches of icebergs but, unlike Titanic, it can handle them.

 

A parking lot about halfway between the Visitors Center and the boat dock is at the head of a trail leading to another glacier, Byron Glacier. A healthy hike takes visitors to a glacier they can climb on.



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WATER
WATER
DEEP
DEEP
OOOOOO
OOOOOO
CLOUDS
CLOUDS
STREAK
STREAK
FAVE
FAVE
OTHER FAVE
OTHER FAVE
LOVELY
LOVELY
DIRRTY ICE
DIRRTY ICE
MELTING
MELTING
ICY
ICY
:D
:D
BLUE ICE
BLUE ICE
AMAZING
AMAZING
WOW
WOW
RAY
RAY
SAIL
SAIL
CRUISE
CRUISE
LEAN
LEAN
PEACE
PEACE
STILL
STILL
THUMBS
THUMBS
FINGER
FINGER
NIBBLES
NIBBLES
GIMME
GIMME
FOOD
FOOD
HUNGRY
HUNGRY
MUNCHING
MUNCHING
EATING
EATING
BLACK BEAR
BLACK BEAR
AWWW
AWWW
ANTLERS
ANTLERS
REINDEER SAUSAGE
REINDEER SAUSAGE
CITY TOUR
CITY TOUR
COLD
COLD
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