And an old Copper Mine, which we are going to see, instead of driving the long terrible 62 mile dirt road we take a shuttle, this was our co-pilot March a really cute lovable dog.
But there is a lot to see along the way and when you get to the Mine there is also a Glacier. However the glacier is so covered in gravel near the mine that you don't even realized it is there.
There is tons of abandoned machinery left over from the mine.
It is the worlds tallest free standing structure, here you see it rise up the hillside. We at a tour that starts with a hike to the top and then goes down through the mine back to the street level.
Most dangerous part was the low clearance on the stairways.
Working in the mine sucked, so they had terrible turnover, which you might imagine since they worked year round even in 40 below temperatures.
The mine had a company town around it and also a second town the spring up next door where they could gamble, drink and what not.
Both towns are still there and have a kind of surreal vibe. Full of backpackers and hikers.
Because we had a tight schedule for our bus we only got to see the mine town, the other town is only 5 or 6 buildings but they were probably interesting and it would have been cool to have a beer there like the miners used to.
Our campground is right down the road from the airport and the river, so Maxwell gets a lot of walks to the river so we can try to see tiny planes landing and taking off. This is a backcountry outfit so they fly people into various places inside the Wrangell Park. Inside the park there are a bunch of cabins that you either trek to or get dropped off at by planes.
At the river are tons of fish wheels, which spin and scoop up Salmon. I watched a lot of them but never saw a fish get scooped up. Alaskan's are allow 500 fish a year.
He tells us all about the wheels and he gets more salmon than he needs or can really process. He lives a subsistence life where most of his food comes from fishing and hunting and the occasional long drive to Costco.
He is a nice guy and explains if we hangout near the wheels or the dip netters someone will probably just give us a Salmon or we might find someone who has a commercial license to sell us one.