3 July, 2000
Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
Hello from Alaska! What an incredibly beautiful state this is. It was very interesting to peek through the clouds on the flight up here and catch glimpses of the state. I could see that most of what was below me was very wild and remote country. Viewing glaciers from above was a special treat and a taste of whatís to come. Justin Pierce arrived as schedule to pick me up in Anchorage for the trip out to the Matanuska Glacier. Justin is one of several geology students who will be in camp and working on the glacier. A brief stop at a grocery store was in order to get myself somewhat setup with food supplies. It seems as if I had endless questions for Justin but he was very happy to cover everything I brought up. After about a two hour drive from Anchorage we finally neared the glacier. There were several stunning views from the road as we approached and I was immediately struck by its size and beauty.
After getting into camp I was introduced to Ben Cashman who is another geology student conducting research here and Josh Lawson who is a local high school student working in the camp as an assistant for the summer. After getting my gear set up and organized I was given a quick tour of the immediate camp area. Soon it was time for dinner and it was decided to head to a local eatery up the road a bit. On the return trip we drove high up a gravel road on the north side where there were some spectacular views of the glacier. Unfortunately I did not have my camera at the time but we will head back up there another day. Tomorrow Iíll go back to Anchorage again with Justin to pick up my partner Ben Burnette who is yet another of the geology students from Lehigh University. I'm very anxious to meet him and get started with our dye tracing project. Till then.....
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