Visit to glacier begins with wildlife encounter

Tree trunks that La Perouse Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ran over at the time of the Civil War. 

LA PEROUSE GLACIER — During our first lunch at a blue-gravel campsite near this Alaska glacier named after a French explorer, scientist Ben Gaglioti and I had a visitor.

As we sat on bleached slabs of wood, I held in my left hand a rectangular cracker with peanut butter smeared on top. 

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