While I visited the Mendenhall several times this winter, last week was my first trip to the traditional access point since last fall. I’ve been watching the west lateral edge of the glacier melt away and uncover some of my former favorite places. On this visit I was shocked to see that the terminus had receded past the stream that once ran through the ice cave featured in the bulk of my glacier photos. It was only a few years ago that it seamed unimaginable for that volume of ice to be lost. With the main attraction long gone, I had to travel further up the edge to find some small openings. Even with the extra leg work, I found nothing spectacular, but there’s no doubt I’ll continue to go back and keep trying.