Travel to Hope today was 2.5 hours traveling 129.1 miles.
As we left the Mat-Su Valley on the way to Anchorage, we passed the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge that supports migrating waterfowl and shorebirds as well as other wildlife such as Moose. The Knik River comes down from the Knik Glacier to the east and splits and branches as it approaches the Knik Arm, a 3 mile wide estuary that extends 40 miles southwest to the Cook Inlet.
Turnagain Arm was hazy and there was not as much snow low on the mountain peaks. It was still a lovely drive from Anchorage to Girdwood and then down onto the Kenai Peninsula. We had to travel up a couple of low pass summits and around a mountain to go north again towards the Turnagain Arm again as Hope is on the south shore of the Turnagain Arm.
Our campground was far from everything except the tiny town of Hope, which had been a gold rush town on the Turnagain Arm years before other places found gold. There was very little cell service, but I was able to call my mother when I had a few bars.
We all got ready to go to Portage Glacier Lake Cruise.