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issue 08 february 2019

venture

a modern travel magazine

inside: alaska's top 5 glaciers / the secrets of arizona's grand

canyon / canoeing across lake ottawa


venture

editor in chief

creative director

managing editor

style editor

associate editor

assistant editor

editorial assistant

features editor

lara nesmith

pierre elzey

carlotta gatewood

danica carlos

margaret palmore

santiago brister

jennifer rencher

kimberly hatley

on the cover

Explorer Sarah Anderson canoes over Lake

Ottawa at sunrise. We got an anonymous tip

that the best time to try this is in the wee

hours of the morning. Whoever told us this,

thank you.

Photograph by Mark Lattice


Alaska's Top 5 glaciers and the

Exploring

view of an unpolluted starry

majestic

go under the surface and reveal the

We

and well-kept hidden secrets of

elusive

got up extra early to experience the

We

that is Lake Ottawa at sunrise.

wonder

friends at NASA give us a little insider

Our

on what the world looks like from

view

300-year old lighthouse on Wakama

The

is a testament to the hands of time.

Island

issue 08

contents

february 2019

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LOOKING FOR ALASKA

starry night.

34

LARGER THAN LIFE

Arizona's Grand Canyon.

36

OTTAWA O'CLOCK

Worth it? Definitely.

40

SATELLITE SKIES

above. Spoiler: it's amazing.

42

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Photos inside!

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are some glaciers you can

There

to, but very few that you can

drive

to. Just 15 miles from Seward

stroll

many cruises embark and

—where

Glacier is one of the

disembark—Exit

popular road-accessible

most

in the state. In fact, you can

glaciers

almost right up to the face of it

walk

30 minutes, by way of the Edge of

in

Glacier Trail.

the

Glacier is not huge, but it looks

Exit

up close, so it makes a great

big

for photos. It’s also a good

place

to learn about glacial

spot

since it’s receding quickly;

movement,

even a guide marking its

there's

photos of the week

P H O T O S B Y K I A S A M M O N

ice, ice baby

recession over the past 120 years.

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see the glacier, you can just take

To

of the pullouts all along the

one

—each with great photo ops

highway

you can drive near the glacier’s

—or

for up-close photos. One

edge

Access to the glacier is on

qualifier:

land, so there’s a $15 fee.

private

getting close isn’t enough, you can

If

join a guiding company for a

also

hike, ice climbing class or

glacier

trip (with the option of either

rafting

or whitewater routes). The

scenic

ice walls, deep blue holes

sheer

moulins) and creaking ice

(called

the very least, it’s a great excuse

At

drive the Glenn Highway. This road

to

gives you a feel for the colorful

trip

guides and backcountry

adventurers,

who live in these remote

Alaskans

of the state. It’s easy to

corners

a couple days out here, thanks

spend

the great lodges—not the big,

to

lodges, but intimate,

cruise-circuit

places that attract

family-run

likely seen those iconic glacier

You’ve

with hunks of ice crashing

images,

the ocean. But to experience

into

humbling sight in person, your

that

bet is to go to Prince William

best

Sound.

glaciers originate high in

Tidewater

mountains and cover dozens of

the

before plunging into the sea.

miles

90 minutes from Anchorage by

Only

or train, Prince William Sound has

car

tidewater glaciers than

more

on earth, and it’s one of

anywhere

easiest places to take a glacier

the

It’s also one of the most

cruise.

places: the glaciers aren’t

affordable

far away, and there are

terribly

companies to choose from.

multiple

Alaska has just one glacier

Southeast

by road, but it makes up

accessible

its novelty in being extremely

for

you can even take a cab

accessible:

tours take between four and

Most

hours, but there are two distinct

five

of cruises, and they offer

types

experiences: You’ll see

different

glaciers on the high-speed

more

as the Surprise

catamarans—such

in Harriman Fjord, which

Glacier

people think is the best calving

some

in the sound. The slower

glacier

boats, on the other hand,

cruising

more time at the glaciers they

spend

and those trips often include

visit,

Bay, where you can listen

Blackstone

the creaking and cracking ice

to

12 miles outside of Juneau,

Located

Glacier gets more than

Mendenhall

visitors each year. You can

400,000

there by taking a narrated bus

get

but you can also go on your

tour,

A taxi to the glacier costs $35

own:

way, while a shuttle bus is just $8

one

way. each

half-mile wide, the glacier feeds

A

Lake, which stays pretty

Mendenhall

While there are some

placid:

in the lake, the face ranges

icebergs

5 to 200 feet tall, so you can’t

from

booming calving action.

expect

can, however, do some good

You

There’s a Forest Service

exploring.

Center overlooking the lake

Visitor

glacier, which has a large aerial

and

of the icefield, an informational

map

and spotting scopes ($3).

video

Forest Service also maintains

The

trails. One of them is The Trail

several

Time, a ½-mile paved interpretive

of

with signs marking the glacier’s

walk,

The East Glacier Trail,

recession.

is a 3.5 mile loop with

meanwhile,

feet of elevation gain, which

500

you a good bird’s eye view of

gives

features

looking for

alaska

Being able to walk up to any glacier is a stunning experience, and this big boy is the biggest,

and perhaps most impressive roadside glacier, in part because you can easily touch it. Just a

2.5-hour drive from Anchorage, the Matanuska Glacier sits off the scenic but less-traveled

Glenn Highway. More than four miles wide at its terminus, Matanuska is so massive that the

water flowing out of its snout forms the roaring Matanuska River.

W O R D S B Y L A U R A P A L M E R

make it an unforgettable experience.

here pretty easily.

independent-minded travelers.

the ice.

while eating prime rib and king crab.

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