For those of us who live and work out by the Matanuska Glacier, life doesn’t seem too much different since COVID-19 sent us all into lockdown. We already live sixty miles from Palmer (the nearest town with a grocery store), and on any given day we may only see a few people; those few people are community members who we know well.
I took a wonderful family on tour a few days ago, and the smiles on their faces as we trekked down the muddy hill towards the terminus was a sight to behold. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier group of people in my life. At one point, the mom looked at me with wide eyes and said, “This is the first time I’ve felt normal in months!” I began to laugh and then scanned the rest of the group to see the expressions on their faces– all smiles, wide eyes, and looks of absolute joy.
We don’t realize how constricting being confined to one space can be. As human beings we are meant to wonder and explore! We are not built to be sedentary. With this in mind, when you feel like you’re about to lose it (your mind, your sanity, etc), please know that we are a phone call or a text message away. You don’t have to make a reservation months in advance in order to come and appreciate the beauty of the Matanuska Glacier. Call the day before, or even the morning of! If we have guides on hand then we will accommodate you to the best of our ability.
The world may never be “normal” again, but with a little bit of fresh air and a killer view, maybe you can feel the way you remember feeling before the world changed. #glaciersmatter