Now I know why everyone was so excited, the glacier was breathtaking. It didn’t hurt that we had another one of those rare Alaskan days, the sun was shinning and stayed out the entire time we were at Hubbard Glacier. The captain of our ship said we were able to get a quarter of a mile away from Hubbard. He has been a captain for 25 yrs and had never seen a perfect day like we had on July 5th.
This is some info that I found online about glaciers and glacier calving: It takes about 400 years for ice to traverse the length of the glacier, meaning that the ice at the foot of the glacier is about 400 years old. The glacier routinely calves off iceberg the size of a ten-story building. Where the glacier meets the shore, most of the ice is below the waterline, and newly calved icebergs can shoot up quite dramatically, so that ships must keep their distance from it as they ply their way up and down the coast.
Braden and Thomas really enjoyed the calving. I told Thomas that if he yelled really loud, he could break the ice. I love when God gives us those little things…so just as Thomas yelled Hubbard calved and Thomas got so excited.