Disappearing beauty of Mendenhall Ice Caves
In few places you can experience every stage of the water cycle at once. But there’s magic in the Mendenhall Ice Caves, where water runs over rocks under blue ceilings inside a partially hollow glacier.
The Mendenhall Glacier is a 12-mile-long glacier in the Mendenhall Valley, located only 12 miles from downtown Juneau in Southeast Alaska. Federally protected as part of the Mendenhall Galcier Recreation Area, a unit of the Tongass National Forest, the glacier originally had two names, Sitaantaagu (“Glacier Behind the Town”) and Aak’wtaaksit (“Glacier Behind the Little Lake”).
Fascinanting ice caves appeared during melting of glacier Mendenhall on Alaska. They are attraction for many tourists. The time of this beautiful place is, unfortunately, ticking. That’s the reason why the number of tourists grows from month to month.
During 2013., big oart of the glacier melted which caused growing trees on the bottom of the caves. Researches say that those are woods that have been kept under the ice for 1.000 years.
Walking through these caves, beside wonderful experience, broughts you a dose of risk because the ice is always melts and gushes. But that doesn’t keep tourists away from this place. People say it feels to be like in freezer and photographers say this place is like a heaven for them.
Maybe you are not a lover of the winter and cold, but if you get a chance to visit Mendenhall Ice Caves, do it. An amazing experience never killed anyone.