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A Beautiful Alaskan/Canadian Vacation

August 10th, 2009

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When we’re not working at Lion Brand, many of us are lucky enough to take beautiful vacations. This summer I went on a unique trip around Vancouver, Canada and various cities in Alaska. The weather there was actually much warmer and sunnier than New York City at the time! I did visit one very cold spot, though — the Mendenhall Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska!

Jess on the Mendenhall Glacier

Before leaving New York, I knit up a pair of Fetching gloves in LB Collection Superwash Merino (click here for my project page on Ravelry). While it was around 80 degrees each day in Juneau, it was only about 30 degrees on the 12-mile-long glacier. After taking a group helicopter ride to the glacier, our tour guide gave us a brief history of the ice, including how old the glacier is, how underground (or under-ice) rivers are formed, and how quickly the ice is moving downstream. We were even able to drink from one of the glacier’s many streams.

Fetching gloves

It was a fantastic vacation, full of beautiful scenery, plenty of whales, and lots of delicious food.

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