Sunday, August 23, 2009

8/20/2009 - Drive to McCarthy and Kennicott

We packed our lunch and headed out on a day trip on the McCarthy Road to see the old towns of McCarthy and Kennicott in Wrangell/St Elias National Park. It started out as a a clear day and we stopped at a viewpoint to get this photo of Mt Wrangell.
The McCarthy Road is on an old rail track. We are approaching the Kuskulana Bridge which we will be crossing.
This is the McCarthy Road Information Station.

Here is a view of Root Glacier.

Before you get to the town of McCarthy, there was a parking area where you pay $5.00 to park there for the day. When I went over to pay for our parking, the attendant asked me what we had in the back of the pickup. When I told him it was an ATV, he told me we could ride it here if we wanted to unload. That sounded better than $20.00 for the shuttle service and being on their schedule as to when we could leave. Here's Ken on the ATV with a view of Kennicott in the background.

This building is the Kennicott Glacier Lodge which now serves as a hotel and restaurant. It served as housing for the workers at the Kennicott Copper Mine when it was running.

This is another view of Kennicott.

This is one of many old buildings in McCarthy.

How about this airplane for a fixer upper?

The berries must be ripe if this bear scat is any indication!

As we headed back to the RV, we saw this moose at Two Mile Lake. Although we never saw any movement, it appears to be her calf to the right of her in the grass.

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