Mendenhall Glacier from Mendenhall Lake

Today, we canoed on Mendenhall Lake to see some of the Mendenhall Glacier. Luckily, the excursion group had boots, raincoats and pants for us because it was raining! And not a little misty rain, it was raining hard. But, I stil had a blast. There was 7 of us in a canoe and the coupe in front of us were funny. Canoeing is hard work and they were saying they needed to read the fine print next time.

The glacier really has those colors in them, I would’ve thought someone was exaggerating if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. Our guide told us that the blue is from the pressure exerted on the ice. That blue ice is denser than regular ice.

Also, Mendenhall Lake was formed about 120 years before — from the glacier. However, since glaciers carry a lot of silt, the water in the lake can’t support life. No fish, no plants. The water is so dense that rain doesn’t seep in it just kind’ve floats on top. Needles to say, it was fascinating.

We did have a bit of luck. After we canoed by the lake and to some falls nearby, the rain stopped! We still had to canoe back…but it was nicer without all the rain!