Q. We have just returned from a trip to Alaska. How many glaciers are in Alaska? Thank you. -JoAnn
A. Prepare to be bowled over, JoAnn. There is estimated to be well over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska. 616 of them are officially named, but many thousands are unnamed. Malaspina Glacier, near Yakutat, is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
With all that ice, and the long cold winters, would you believe that we are the biggest consumer of ice cream of any state? We are! Seems like it would be more like piping hot bowls of chili, eh? I couldn’t believe it last fall when we took a trip to the lower 48 and went to Mt. Rushmore. My husband, Jim, was born nearby in Custer, S. Dakota. We decided to stop in Custer and have a tall ice cream cone in celebration of Jim’s birth there. Could we find a Dairy Queen? Of course. Guess what? It was closed up with a sign that said, ‘closed for the winter’. This was October 1st and it was about 80 degrees out! We were so amazed – and amused. On the coldest below zero day in Alaska you can pull in to a drive thru and get a tall cone.