Landing on a glacier

About a month ago I was lucky enough to hop on a little 10 passenger plane and take a flight seeing tour through the mountains and land on a glacier in the middle of them all. It was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing in my entire life. If you ever end up coming to Alaska, you must take this flight and see it for yourself. Sure, I took about a million pictures, but they are only the tiniest taste of what it’s like to see it with your own eyes.

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This is Mount McKinley from Talkeetna (about 60 miles away), the town where climbers who are going to take on the mountain check in with the park rangers and catch a flight out to the mountain. I took this picture from the park at the end of town that is right on the Talkeetna river right before I hopped on the plane.

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Here we are taking off. I chatted with the couple that was sitting in front of me for a while before we took off. They were from Australia and had been traveling around the world for the last 4 months with 2 more months to go before they headed home. I hope I have the time (and money) when I’m their age to be able to do that. Actually, I wish I had that at my age now, I don’t want to wait 30 more years to travel like that.

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We first flew over a ton of rivers that meandered though the wilderness. There were little cabin strewn about here and there that are only accessible by boat or ATV.

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In the background you can see how suddenly the lush green trees give way to snow covered mountains.

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And then, bam, mountains and snow galore.

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There’s McKinley through the window, much closer now.

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This is one of my favorite pictures that I took from the plane. All these pictures are straight from the camera by the way, although I really need to see what I can do in Photoshop to make it even cooler.

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A glacier cutting through the mountains with McKinley up at the top. 20,320 feet! Our plane couldn’t even fly that high because it wasn’t pressurized.

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One of the base camps for climbers. I think this one was at 11,000 ft.

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Next we landed on the Ruth Glacier. Notice the skis on the plane.

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Here we are walking around on the glacier in the middle of the mountains. It was breathtaking.

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The pilot was nice enough to take my picture. Since I was by myself. Although it looks freezing, it was actually like 60 some degrees up there.

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But, as you might know, I have to do the self portrait everywhere I go.

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Ok, time to get going.

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Flying back to Talkeetna along the glacier.

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This is just a taste of all the pictures I took. You can see all 111 of them on Flickr.

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~ by twentyfivetolife on June 27, 2009.

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