Swiming in glacial waters.

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Delynn Carol Mclellan de Zorrilla. (1937-1979)

For mother’s day, I’ll tell you a story. My parents were adventures, and they traversed the Chilkoot Pass. My mother, while packing, noticed mens’ list included a bathing suit captioned “if you are superman.” Her gear list didn’t have this opportunity. She packed her bikini and went swimming in front of all the men. She came out blue like superman. (EZM)

Chilkoot Pass is a high mountain pass through the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the U.S. state of Alaska and British Columbia, Canada. It is the highest point along the Chilkoot Trail that leads from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett Lake, British Columbia.

The Chilkoot Trail was designated a national historic site because of the role it played in the mass movement of people to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. It protects the historic gateway to the Yukon once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike gold rush prospectors.

Even though the weather is warm, glacier-fed water in nearby lakes and rivers, such as Lake Tapps, can be very, very cold. Just a few minutes in cold water makes it very difficult to swim or even to keep afloat. A thermal layer on the surface of the water can be deceiving.

WE&p by: EZorrilla.

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