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Aug 13, 2016 - Small town fair and Yaks!

Last night the RV parked next to us was so close I could hear the people fart. Very unpleasant to have someone that close to us. In the morning they left to sightsee so I put out our awning and chairs so they couldn't pull so close to us when they got back. Started off the day at the Kenny Lake Fair, small town fair at it’s finest. Mostly local booths with services and crafts. The National Park service was there, the local fire protection, Smokey the Bear, 4 H and so on. Local teens provided the musical entertainment. And there was pie,...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Kenny Lake

The rain in Valdez was getting to us so we decided to move on. I decided on Kenny Lake as Church's said it was a good place to leave your RV if you wanted to drive to Kennicott/McCarthy which is deep into the Wrangell/St Elias NP. The campground here is a glorified parking lot if you want to use electricity and the dump. The people who pulled in next to us while we were out sight seeing pulled so close it was claustrophobic. We went on a ride after we set up camp, decided to take a look at the world famous Copper River. We were told that...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Day 36 Kenny Lake

Day 36 Kenny Lake RV Park. On the way there was a lot of smoke. We're told there were several fires in the region. We stopped at the ranger station again and Jessica turned in her Jr. ranger work book. The ranger talked to her and asked her some questions, then swore her in. We stayed at this campground before. It is unimpressive, but not crowded. Only 2 other campers... out of maybe 12 sites. Quiet. Drove down towards McCarthy... Crossed over to River to look at the fish wheels. There was a guy and his wife fishing and their battery died,...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 29, 2014 - Kenny Lake AK

Well we are back at the campground at Kenny Lake where we left the trailer for two days. We checked out of the Kennecott Lodge this morning and headed back down the gravel road to our home away from home. Having safely arrived at the campground the truck was glad to be back on a solid surface roadway. That should be the last of the dirt/gravel roads we will travel. Now it only has to haul the 8000 pound trailer around. We had a good time in Kennecott and have the sore muscles to prove it. Walking tours up and down 12 story buildings and 6...

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Jul 26, 2014 - Kenny Lake AK

This morning we hooked up, left Valdez, and drove back through the Chugach Mountains and across Thompson Pass to the little town of Chitina. We are here because this is a staging point for our two day trip to the Kennecott Copper Mine near McCarthy. It is at the end of a 60 mile dirt and gravel road that was placed over the old railroad bed that serviced the mine when it was in operation. We will leave the trailer at the campground and drive to McCarthy where we will stay at the Kennecott Glacier Lodge for two nights. The area is in...

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Aug 4, 2012 - To Grizzly Lake, Near Slana

8-4 To Grizzly Lake, Near Slana 48 Degrees, Cloudy, But No Rain Staying At Grizzly Lake Campground We had a nice drive this morning, moving north to drive the northern road of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park later this afternoon. The mountains to our right were out of the clouds, and we had good views of what we didn’t see yesterday in the park. Mt Sanford is the largest peak, and it was majestic and snow-covered. Many of the mountains were covered with a fresh dusting of white powder. We usually pick our campgrounds the night before,...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Into Wrangell-St. Elias

8-3 Into Wrangell-St. Elias 9 AM- 10:30 PM Gloomy, Drizzly, 49 Degrees, Later, Sunny! Today we spent the day driving into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and it was a full day! From our campground we drove 25 miles on the paved Edgerton Highway until it met the McCarthy Road, and drove the entire 62 mile length of the gravel road. The first thing we saw was what looked like funny bison. They were actually Yak from Tibet, and were being raised on a farm there as an alternative for beef. They are suited for a cold climate and do well...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Valdez To Kenny Lake

8-2 Valdez To Kenny Lake 49 Degrees and Raining, 88 miles Stayed At Kenny Lake Mercantile We had a short trip up the Richardson Highway this morning to our next stop at Kenny Lake. It is just a place to stay for our visit to Wrangle-St. Elias National Park. The park is our largest national park, larger than Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island combined. It is a wilderness area with little road access, only one road each in 2 different areas of the park. There are four major mountain ranges in the park, 75 named and even more unnamed...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Kenny Lake RV Park-McCarthy Rd

Kenny Lake RV Park. Awoke to bright sunshine – don’t know how long it had been up. Started off on our adventure to town of McCarthy. Along the way we saw a Tibetan Yak Farm. Got some good pictures. We were going to stop on the way back for a tour but it was about 8:00 whnet we went back by. Saw a mama moose and her 2 babies crossing the road. Had to slow down to let them go by. Then we hit the “the road”. What a drive!! It was 60 miles of potholes – some of them as big as craters. Much rougher than the Dempster Highway. It was built over an...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Kenny Lake (Wrangell-St.Elias Natl Park)

Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park. Small campground with 10 electric only sites. Quite level. The usual gravel site. Drove back over Thompson Pass. Good thing I got a couple pictures the other day. Today it was totally fogged in - really bad visibility. Rained from the time we packed up until we gain up again here. Then it quit. We did get to see some of the waterfalls before and after the pass. There are tons of waterfalls cascading down the mountains. Drove out to the town of Chitina where the McCarthy Road starts and talked to the...

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Jun 26, 2012 - draw a yellow line & call it a road

You read a lot of scary things about driving in Alaska and for the most part they are exaggerations and/or ancient history. But today we ran into a stretch of road repairs that left us coated in mud and shaken and stirred. It was so long we had to wait twenty minutes for the pilot car to lead us through the goo. But goo can be washed off and if you take these stretches slowly, the equipment comes through just fine - so far. We stopped at the visitor center for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in North America and...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Kenny Lake, AK - Heading Back North

(Ron Writing) We awoke to the sound of fog horns this morning; it was so foggy we couldn’t see the bay right behind our campsite. We decided we’d had enough of this cold damp cloudy weather so after breakfast we packed up and left the Allison Point Campground. We drove around the bay to the town of Valdez to get gas, propane, water, and groceries and also to do our laundry. By the time we finished our chores, the fog was gone and the there was some blue sky overhead. This was turning out to be the best weather we’ve seen in our 8 days in...

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