Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence in Glacier

Our last trip to Alaska we landed in Anchorage. I had the warmest jacket in my possession. It was a synthetic suede coat with synthetic fur lining. When we went to the visitor information center to get maps and tour information, the tour guide said, “Are you from California?” It must be obvious that people from the sunshine State think Alaska is freezing cold.

We wanted to go to Denali National Park that has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America and the northernmost mountain. The train going to Denali was closed for the season. The train schedule is from May to September. We missed the tour season by one week.

We settled for visiting the glacier in Anchorage. It was my first time seeing the glacier. Regardless of what the local Alaskan said, my Californian skin surely felt the freezing cold in the area. It was such an awing experience to see the silence of the glacier.

Majestic glacier

Persistent body of ice

Spectacular sight

Silence is its sheer beauty

Please stay for thousands of years

Silent Alaska 1

Silent Alaska 3

Silent Alaska 4

Silent Alaska 5

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

94 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence in Glacier

  1. Anchorage is beautiful, the city right up against the mountains. My cousin lives there! I have gone a couple of years (three years) in late October for a festival she holds for her friends, a sort of early Thanksgiving. That time of year, the sun does not rise until about 9:30 am, and it sets about 5:00 pm. It’s very ghostly, but I like it because it’s so quiet, almost no tourists (too bleak?) and the hotel rates are super-low. fun post!

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    • We went in early October. We went on a raft ride. The guide said there was no sun in November in his town. All the people move elsewhere during that time, just leave one person to guard the town. I can’t imagine having 24-hour darkness. Then when we watch the nature video last night about Alaska, the most north part has 24-hour sunlight during summer? I remember hearing people wearing mask and do different thing to help them sleep. Wow, different kind of life.
      We are going back to Anchorage in mid-May and plan on going to Denali – that we missed last trip because the train stopped going after Labor Day.
      We’re going to Portland the day before Valentine’s Day!

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          • Great question, Miriam! You know, I was there with my son (who is gone now), and it was happened to be on his birthday, though we were there for a family wedding (June 24). I remember I hadn’t remembered to bring a birthday card in all the commotion, so I decided to write him a letter expressing my love for him and telling him how proud I was of him and how much I valued our mom-son relationship. I remember when I gave it to him and he read it, he was incredibly touched, and I was happy I had done that. We were sitting up late into the night, talking, on that night when the sun didn’t go down. In the living room of the rented house, I remember looking out toward the West about 11:00 at night, seeing the sun and sky become slightly more orange-y, and then not changing. It was temping not to go to bed, because you just don’t realize how late it is, the natural light signals are all off. But about midnight, as it showed no signs of getting even slightly dark, we went to bed, and the rental house had darkout curtains on the windows, so we were able to sleep. 🙂 Thanks for asking!

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            • Oh, good to hear that you had such intimate and precious moment with your son. I know you go see your granddaughter sometimes. Did you daughter-in-law remarried?
              I remember living in Portland, the houses have room-darkening blinds. They made the houses completely dark. The hotels in Las Vegas have those too with the never-off lights outside, the blinds are needed!

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              • That’s so funny about Las Vegas. Yes, those casinos have such bright lights!

                My DIL is in a relationship for 2 years now that she started in the year that my son died. To my knowledge they are not married but we don’t speak. She has been hateful toward me for over 2 years, since she moved in with the new partner, and she works actively to prevent me from learning her activities. It is very sad. Although she has caused me great pain, I actually feel sorry for her that she is in an emotional place where she feels she has to lash out at me every chance she can get. Recently a family member told me of a long rant on Facebook where she accused me of never asking for time to visit with my granddaughter, and of turning down her offers for visits. Which is puzzling and frustrating because I have begged for more time, and I am always refused. But then, her followers on Facebook all say, “oh, poor you, you’re so victimized” to her. And so she hears what she wants to hear. Sad that she has to live in that angry and victim place. It’s a horrible way to live. 🙂 Funny how I can be terribly hurt by her but also feel sorry for her. I’m trying just to live a good life (good in terms of decent and humane). And I am grateful for others’ support – thank you! 🙂

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                • We can’t help it if that’s the life she chose to live with no intention to resolve her feelings. She’ll have peace only when she wants to get in touch with her feelings and tries to understand and eventually forgive and accept herself and people involved. If she doesn’t take any step toward healing, she’ll be miserable the rest of her life. Getting into another relationship won’t heal automatically. The sad thing is that the child will suffer.
                  Don’t get discourage by that. Do your part to ask with no expectation. Do it for the sake of keeping the relationship with your granddaughter. Hopefully by the time she becomes adult, she will understand. I see many of the situations happened among friends. 🙂

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                  • Ah, yes, your words are very wise. Already her daughter, I think, understands that what the mother may think toward me is not necessarily reality. We don’t talk about it openly, of course, but my granddaughter does show affection and enthusiasm during my past two Christmas visits, and I do it mostly for her, so she’ll know she’s still part of our family for as long as she wants (my granddaughter). Thank you!

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  2. Amen-Amein Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua!! God Bless you Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Family members and Friends!!

    May our ONE TRUE GOD THE FATHER who art in Heaven Above Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  3. Sooo beautiful!! Your such a wonderful photographer Miriam! I know what you mean about the cold…here where I live when it’s cold, all use natives put jackets on. Tourists are walking around in shorts, especially the ‘snow birds’ hahaa.
    What a beautiful experience;)

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