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Friday, September 26, 2008

Our trip to Alaska, part 3

Continuing with a few pix from our vacation in July.

Part 2 is here and Part 1 is here.


DAY 11:

On the McCarthy Road--
The fishcamp and fishwheels on
the Copper River near Chitina, Alaska
.
This is how the natives have caught fish for generations.


A fishwheel, powered by the running river,
scoops unsuspecting salmon from the opaque,
glacial-silt-laden water



The Kuskulana River Bridge, Mile 16
(a former railroad trestle)
along
the 60-mile gravel road to McCarthy

in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Some people have been known
to bungee-jump off this bridge
.




Looking down at the ghost mining town
of Kennecott, Alaska
and the glaciers
and mountains behind it
. We were lucky
enough to spend two nights here, on
Silkstocking Row.




The power plant (with smokestacks) and
the old copper
concentrating mill in Kennecott
(tallest wooden structure on the continent).
The Kennecott mill went out of business in 1938
and Kennecott instantly became a ghost town.



DAY 12:





Going off to hike atop the Root Glacier
near Kennecott, Alaska


Atop the Root Glacier


Stopping for a snack and a view


Beware of the crevasse moulin!


To be continued.

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