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time running backwardsKaren and Lee Duquette
took a helicopter ride from Juneau
to go dog sledding on The Norris Glacier in Alaska
May 26, 2004

Karen Duquette in flight gear
dogsled adventure article
The helicopter
Juneau Icefield is a spectacular expanse of mountains and glaciation, which an be up to 2,000 feet thick. It is the source of all the glaciers in the area, including Mendenhall, Taku, Eagle, Herbert, the Norris Glacier and 37 other glaciers within a 1,500 square mile. Almost 3/4 of all the fresh water in Alaska is stored as glacial ice.
Karen Duquette viewing Taku Glacier Taku Glacier
Below: Views from the helicopter
view from the helicopter view from the helicopter
view from the helicopter view from the helicopter
view from the helicopter view from the helicopter
another hilicopter Hole-in the-Wall Glacier.
The Grandeur of Glaciers: Glacier ice often appears blue to the eye because it absorbs all the colors of the spectrum except blue, which is scattered back.
Below is the Hole-in the-Wall Glacier.
Hole-in the-Wall Glacier. Hole-in the-Wall Glacier.
Hole-in the-Wall Glacier.
Below: A little bit of rain
A little bit of rain A little bit of rain
The helicopter arrived at The Norris Glacier - one-fourth mile up, with 15-20 feet of snow on top of the glacier. The only way to reach this glacier is by helicopter.
helicopter arrived at The Norris Glacier helicopter arrived at The Norris Glacier
Lee and Karen Duquette on Norris Glacier
200 dogs are on the North Glacier. The seats were removed from the helicopter and 20 dogs were flown in at a time. There are 8 to 9 dogs on a team with 10 teams running on this date. There are two sled behind each team of dogs, The Muster drives the front sled, The dogs are fed 3 times a day with 10,000 calories per day and they burn the calories off. Some of these dogs compete in the famous Iditarod races.
Lee and Karen petting Cheese
Below: Lee Duquette and Black Toe, the biggest dog on the glacier
Lee Duquette gets a kis from Black Toe Black Toe, the biggest dog on the glacier
  Karen and Mr. T who has been a lead dog in the Iditarod
Lee Duquette and the sled dogs Karen Duquette and the sled dogs
sled dog huts sled dog huts
sled dog huts and the sled dogs
Below: A small partial view of the massive glacier.
Lee Duquette filming the massive glacier massive glacier
Ready to do some dog sledding with Matt the Musher
Lee Duquette and sled dogs Karen Duquette ant Matt
Lee and Karen Duquette ready to do dog sledding
Bellow: Photos taken by Karen Duquette while dog sledding.
sled dogs dog sledding
If you are not the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
dog sledding on the glacier dog sledding on the glacier

a boat tour to the Sawyer Glacier

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