One of my favorite places to visit here in Alaska is the Matanuska Glacier. This place is breathtaking. It makes me feel free and happy and alive and so small. I feel like I’m in another world. It’s hard to explain, but it’s amazing.
If you’re a local and have not been, go. At mile 101 of the Glenn Highway is the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site. This is a great place to stop and view the glacier from afar. You’re able to see how far back it goes (not entirely) and get an idea of just how large it is, 4 miles wide and 27 miles long. However, it does not offer direct access to the glacier. At mile 102 you will come to a road that will lead you to Glacier Park, which offers access to the glacier by foot.
Every time we visit, our hike out to the glacier is so different. It melts so much between visits, it’s shocking and a little eery. The girls really enjoyed this visit. Last time we were on the glacier Hazel was just a baby, so it was exciting to see her walk on it during this trip. Lillian had fun using her hiking poles and thought she was pretty cool every time someone passed us and mentioned them. Some of the pictures I took on this trip are some of my all time favorites. There’s one of Lillian crying that is classic. I can’t even remember what happened, that’s just our normal. There’s also one of Hazel being tossed in the air that I love. We did that last year with Lillian, so it’s fun to have one of each of them like that. And the one of them sitting together and smiling at the camera is priceless… because that never happens. ♥
This place is beautiful. I can’t wait for our next visit.