Yukon and Alaska 2016 travel blog

Owl in the tree

Metanuska Glacier

July 18th

Not long after leaving in the morning we see another moose crossing the hwy in front of us. Now I am getting worried about hitting a moose on the hwy and sure enough later in the day we heard a report of exactly that happening. Also saw a Golden Eagle at very close range as it rose up from the brush beside the hwy and took off with something in its mouth. A very spectacular sight. This section of hwy was in terrible shape…worse than yesterday if that is possible. Tried to take some pictures to show how much the road had heaved in some places. Made it as far as Glennallan, Alaska and the Dry Creek Camp ground. As soon as we drove in we spotted 2 owls in a tree so close we could touch it. Pictures turned out well! So far with few exceptions we have been very disappointed with the campsites in Alaska. Most of the sites are $20 and are not well maintained, no firewood provided and toilets are in less than ideal conditions. We do enjoy the privacy though.

July 19th

The drive from Glennallan to Eagle River is much more interesting drive with Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range in sight almost the whole way. Road is considerably better. Saw the Tazlina glacier and stopped at the Matanuska glacier for lunch and a longer look. Narrow and windy road following the Matanuska River into Palmer Alaska and from there to the Eagle River Campground was a two lane divided highway that looked exactly like the hwy from Hope to Vancouver. As we drive we hear news reports of the Seward hwy being closed due to fire in the area. If all is clear on the 21st we will head into the Kenai Peninsula. WE have now put almost 5,500 kms on Morris this trip.

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