This communication, with only a few words and photographs, is completely inadequate to the task of sharing what I’ve been seeing. More will unfold with time and patience.
Among the highlights of today was visiting the toe of the Exit Glacier and experiencing first hand the impact of climate change. Several small signs on the way to the glacier mark the dates of where the edge of the ice had been previously. Since my birth, as an incomprehensibly immense volume of ice has melted, it has retreated nearly a half mile. I found it impossible to walk back down and not feel profoundly affected by the experience.
Later we looked across the Cook Inlet to see Mount Redoubt clear of clouds in gorgeous late afternoon sunlight. I could see steam coming from the north flank. Three more nearby, recently active volcanoes (Augustine, Iliamna and Spurr) have also each been visible over the past several days. My imagination is stretched far beyond my small backyard in Vermont by these sightings!