October 4 – December 28, 2019
We in Alaska live in an ancient setting. Most of us don’t often view it this way, but I see the evidence of age and movement whenever I see a living glacier.
Residents of the lower Kenai Peninsula are fortunate to have glaciers in our own front yard. Hop on a boat, and just a few miles away you can hike an easy trail that has been cleared of trees and brush that grew right on top of a glacial moraine that extends far out into Kachemak Bay.
As you climb the trail, notice the strange rocks and boulders strewn about the alpine landscape. You can touch the icebergs in Grewingk Lake and explore the glacier. Hike back down to the bay via the steep Saddle Trail. Step carefully on the slippery layers of soil and moss covering the path, which hide a melange of banded chert dating from the Jurassic period. Something big happened here a long time ago.
It is still happening. I think about this every time I visit a glacier.