MAT-SU, Alaska — The Matanuska Glacier is one of the oldest accessible glacial formations accessible in the United States. Located just 2 hours by car, northeast of Anchorage, it is one of Alaska’s most visited natural treasures.
The magnificent river of ice is not only filled with some of the most beautiful views and scenery, it is also full of surprises. Surprises that Channel 2 Photojournalist Sean Wilson and I discovered during our recent “up-close and personal” Matanuska glacier adventure.
We began our exploration by taking a three-hour trek with our guide, Alyssa Hartson. Hartson was very informative, describing the glacier and its ever-changing features. Our first surprise came when we learned that Matanuska Glacier has it’s own boardwalk. It’s actually a man-made path put into place to allow tourists to walk over the glacial mud, without getting stuck.
The thixotropic mud, which is similar to quick sand, definitely got our adventure off on a shaky foot. Who knew dirt could be so much fun!