Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Anchorage to Talkeetna!
Mostly we did a lot of shopping for the next stint of our trip in Denali National Park. Our friend Paul did a cool boat trip to a glacier while we shopped.
Then we hit the road to Talkeetna. Here is my brother standing where you would see the mountain if it was out.
I did have a Elk burger but it wasn't giant. They had a good selection of beers too.
Still that is only a 5% view... many people never see more than this while travelling through Alaska.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Animal Park and Bore Tide
These animals are all rescues that for whatever reason probably wouldn't survive in the wild.
The size of the wave varies based on the height of the tide and the wind and we have bad timing as it won't be a very big one today.
A bunch of people are waiting to see it and there is a decent amount of camaraderie as we all joke about the Bore Tide.
When it is a good tide people surf it into the arm but today it is probably only about 6-8 inches high.
Too bad we were here a day or two later we could have seen a better example.
Below I put a video of a better Bore Tide in Turnagain Arm.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Crow Pass Hike
The trail was an out and back trail and the out portion was basically up up up and more up.
This is an ore crusher.
From here things got a little easier up to the pass.
It looks like it would be a great cabin. And there is plenty to explore up here.
That is Raven Glacier which was making the windy pass very very cold.
We had a quick snack and turned around.
The way down we took a slightly different trail which was less steep but had a lot of rock fields we had to cross which were a little hard on the feet.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Hope to Girdwood Day
The Quake destroyed a bunch of Hope and other things were moved to higher ground. All around town are heavy things too much trouble to move. I saw engine blocks, various machinery and this washing machine.
So close to so much outdoors fun and Anchorage makes Hope a weekend get-away for people form the city.
Also two old and very opinionated men who give us all some history lessons about Hope. They chastise my brother when he is only 1/2 paying attention to what they are saying.
Later they show some people around the buildings of the museum and we manage to avoid them.
There were at least 3 different color combinations of these interesting flowers.
We are parking for 2 nights at the resort for $10 a night. Dry camping but you can't beat the price and it is the only camping option that doesn't involve a 5 mile dirt road!
The resort is really fancy and I mean that by normal standards not just Alaska Fancy.
Tomorrow we will do a big hike, Sadly there are a few I'd like to do but we are running out of time for our one fixed date the reservation we have in Denali National Park.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Hope, AK and Gull Rock Hike
The town has a vibe that is homey and inviting. There isn't that much here besides a cafe and a couple art galleries and a gift shop. Sure there is a town library, a coffee cart and small museum too.
Our campground is that parking lot between the water and the cafe. It is a bit rough around the edges but better than the other campground we passed which was not downtown. By the way that Cafe IS downtown Hope!
The hike follows the water although is up pretty high on the bank.
We could have hiked down to the beach level but we were pretty tired already and the mud along the beach can be "Quick-mud" if you are there at the wrong time of day.
It is also Open Mic night and we have a few beers and listen to people sing.
A woman in her 70's got up and belted out a few tunes while she played guitar. I have a video I will have to put up.
These two were from Anchorage and were also camping at the Cafe. They were the best people to play all night!
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