Have you caught your breath yet from the last post? I hope so! We’re resuming our wonderful helicopter trip of the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in British Columbia!
As we get closer to the rugged mountains, we see a stream that looks like flowing milk. This is a sure sign that a glacier is nearby because the stream has a high concentration of silt.
And the terrain shows evidence of a glacial retreat.
The pilot is aiming our whirlybird toward a gigantic glacier, winding an icy course through the mountain peaks!
We’re soon zooming right over the massive ice-pack, and marveling at its size and the number of cracks along the surface.
This is what it looks like straight down!
A fleeting look back reveals the expansive countryside we quickly traveled.
As we fly over the mountain range, we see more glaciers precariously hanging on to steep ridges.
At the foot of the glaciers are immense lakes that have a creamy blue-green hue. The unique color comes from rock flour suspended in the water and algae.
Along the way, we spy a bergy bit and a growler! Size determines the classification, with a growler being the smaller one and limited to about 3 feet visible over the water surface. Trapped air escapes from the melting ice and sometimes makes a growl like an animal!
Glaciers carve through the mountains, grinding up rocks, and depositing them as they continue their march.
Heading up a beautiful valley, and we see a patchwork of glacial streams that are trying to converge.
Further on, there is a rapids area surrounded by a thick forest of tall evergreen trees. The blue-green color from the glacial silt is still there!
Following along this watercourse, we soon realize that it turns into the Atnarko River! We’ll witness several grizzly bears fishing in this very spot over the next few days! Don’t you love the deep teal color in the middle of the river channel?
And when we see these large, rocky hills, we know that we are getting ready to touch down back at the lodge. Unfortunately, our aerial adventure is coming to an end!
We’re back, safe and sound, at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and the cabins!
Wasn’t that fun? I hope you enjoyed this journey! After seeing God’s glorious earth, we know that we’ll never be the same.