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Sep 19, 2018 - 12,000 Feet in the Air

Today we took off on another sunny day towards the mountains. We flew high above the mountain tops. The views were gorgeous! Breath taking! A bit chilly in the plane but there are no words to explain the views we had. So high up and so close to the mountains. An amazing experience. Steve said this was the first time he was able to fly that area as it is usually very windy! Lucky for us! We were in the Barnard Mountain range. We landed in an area over looking the Chitina River. We hiked taking our lunch with us. We stopped to eat at an area...

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Sep 18, 2018 - Yahtzee

Today is another beautiful day. A bit cloudy here but supposed to be sunny on the coast where we are headed. We are going to Icy Bay on the Pacific coast about an hour flight. Flying over miles and miles of glaciers We could see Logan Mountain, the biggest mountain in Alaska, and Mount Elias . We crossed over the Chitina River, the No Name Glacier across the Jeffries Glacier and Bagley Ice Field to get there. Steve flew us right next to the top edge of the glacier face and said our altitude was 400 feet. The glacier is as tall as a 40...

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Sep 17, 2018 - OMG!!!!

Coming up with a title for today was difficult as there are so many words to describe it but none will do it justice. Started out with tea and coffee to our cabin for 7:30 wake-up. Up to the main cabin at 8 for breakfast. So much food to choose from plus eggs (I am sure some of the 20 dozen) made to order! We are joined by everyone except , Don , the hunting guide. At 10 we are departing for our flight excursion. Steve will be our pilot guide. We have sunshine and 40 degrees! But I will have several layers when we head out. We sit behind...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Welcome to the Wilderness

Joe picked us for our Uber ride to the air taxi. While waiting we saw some hunters come back with two huge moose! Poor Bullwinkle and friend! We set off in an Air King C-90 with our pilot, Mike, to McCarthy. As we flew above the clouds we had some beautiful views of mountains. How would you feel if the pilot asks if you want him to take a photo of you while flying the plane? A little weird, but I guess that is what auto pilot is for! We were also transporting groceries to the lodge which included 20 dozen eggs, 10 dozen of which were...

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Jul 11, 2018 - Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Traveling to Chitina Alaska today to visit Wrangell-St Elias National Park for a couple of days. It is the largest national park. We did the long 85 mile drive to McCarthy and then a shuttle to Kennicott. We hiked out to Root Glacier after checking out the defunct mining town of Kennicott. Ate at The Potatoe Head restaurant in McCarthy which we highly recommend. Had the Salmon Roll and it was the best in the city.

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Jul 28, 2017 - Wrangell-St.Elias

Took a shuttle 60 miles on a gravel road to interior of park. Road was made on top of railroad. Took a tour of old copper mining operation that brought railroad here. Whole operation is right next to a glacier with a river running out of it. This is largest park--13 million acres!! Our shuttle driver was a person who has lived here all her life--shot her first caribou at age 9--a little local color. Onward to Anchorage

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Jul 27, 2017 - Valdez

Beautiful drive through the mountains to Valdez. Saw many waterfalls and our first glacier. Beautiful harbor at Valdez. Also fish hatchery where salmon were prevented from going upstream by a barrier so they would spawn right at the fishery in the water. Several seals were hanging around for dinner. Sometimes bears hang there but not today.

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Jul 26, 2016 - Prince Rupert BC to Wrangel AK

July 26, 2016 Packed up the rig and are ready to board the ferry. Despite all of the diesel trucks, we had to drive out of town to find our petrol. The widely trumpeted uniqueness of the Cow Bay area of Prince Rupert again was more for attracting tourists than satisfying certainly us. We found a cappuccino hut and sat for a cup of pretty good cup of coffee. Otherwise, there was not much worth seeing. We had hoped to have a seafood lunch before boarding the ferry but there really was not much of interest. Stopped at the Safeway where Bob...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Wrangell-St Elias National Park

We stopped near Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This is the largest national park in the US in size. But it is mostly viewed from a few rugged roads around the mountains. We saw several moose as we drove the Nabesna Road. The park has several high mountains, dormant volcanoes, and numerous glaciers. Several mountains in the Wrangell-St Elias park are over 15,000 feet high. The Nabsena Rd. access was originally built to support a gold mine. The other entry via Chitna and McCarthy was built to support the Kennicott Copper Mine. We visited...

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Aug 9, 2011 - Off the Beaten Path

Our adventure today took us off the beaten path into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, America’s Largest National Park at 13.2 million acres. This National Park didn’t become a park until 1980. So, unlike the parks in other parts of America, it’s not only the country’s largest, but one of the least known and developed. There is very little physical access to the park. There are only two roads into the park. We took the southern route, McCarthy Road, into the park on a long dirt/gravel road (60 miles) to Kennicott and McCarthy. Our first...

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Jul 25, 2010 - Jet boat trip in Wrangell

Today we took a great jet boat trip with Breakaway Adventures. Eric the boat owner has a 22 ft., 300 hp, diesel jet boat and he knows how to drive it to the max. This guy is quite the hot rod driver. We did donuts, jumped dead trees in the river, and used the boat to push icebergs out of the way. Check out the pictures. BTW we saw bald eagles and bears on the Stikine River today.

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Jun 14, 2010 - Wrangell-St.Elias National Park flight seeing

Wow the weather is giving us a break today and we headed off toward what is know as the McCarthy Road or AK highway 10, the only road into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Once you pass the town of Chitna and cross the Copper River Bridge the 59 ½ mile gravel road is made on an old railroad bed from the railroad that was built in 1908-1911 to carry ore from the Kennecott Copper Mine out of the mountains to the coast to be shipped to smelters. The history of the development of the mine and the area is fascinating and the National Park...

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