We sat at Childs Glacier for a day and a half.
The glacier is at the end of the Copper River Highway, 50 miles from Cordova. Literally, the end of the road.
We think this road originally connected to McCarthy Alaska but now ends just after the ‘famous’ Million Dollar Bridge.
We have seen several glaciers on this trip and thus far, we have commented on how none of us ever really been able to appreciate a glacier.
Child’s glacier was different. It’s 400 yards across a river and spends about a mile of Riverbank.
It’s 300 feet tall and drops icebergs the size of two story houses into the river 20 to 50 times per day.
This ‘calving’ sounds like bombs being dropped and echoes throughout the Canyon.
It can be dangerous:
It was sunny and warm to which usually helps most things!
I think we could’ve sat here for a week. We were lucky enough to catch a HUGE calving moment where literally tons of ice off the central face of the glacier rumbled into the river.
That was approximately five 30 story
buildings falling into the river!!
The campground here is spectacular. It costs $25 but is totally worth it. All night we could hear the thunderous glacier dropping icebergs into the river. Very much a National Geographic moment.