|found us heading north of Anchorage, through the town of|
|Palmer and then some 60 miles north of that. We followed the|
|Matanuska River to its source, past still ice-locked lakes,|
|up winding roads, and across a huge valley, to the base of|
|the Matanuska Glacier.|
|I took the picture used for the background in the above banner|
across the valley from the glacier !
The Matanuska Glacier
|Once there, we hiked up over a low rise and then down to the|
|valley floor, where the glacier melt started the river. Even|
|though we were standing on a huge field of ice, with icy water|
|swiftly rushing past us, I was not cold. The dry air of Alaska's|
|glacier fields seems to just drain the cold right along with|
|moisture from the air. On our way down, we saw where moose|
|had eaten newly budding tender branches & bush shoots to|
ground........moose are on my list, more on that later.
Slammin' on the brakes !
|We hiked back up to the car, got back to the highway, then|
|drove another mile north, for lunch. (I need to get the names|
all these neat places we stopped at to eat!)
The trail down to the glacier...
Ice-locked lake, fed by the Matanuska River.
|found us heading back down the mountain, to Wasilla,|
|home to my web partner, and the Iditarod Trail Headquarters|
|and Museum. Mark had told me it wouldn't take 15 minutes|
see the entire museum, and he was very close !
I guess I was just expecting for Doug Swingley, (this year's
|race winner) to walk up, introduce himself & offer to take me|
sled dog ride, LOL*
|From there, it was back to Mark's house, and a tour of his|
|grounds. On the walk back to his garden, we noticed several|
|piles of moose sh....cr.....err, droppings. HE claims to have|
|moose in his own backyard ! More on moose later......grrrrrr..|
critters are on my list !
|Mother dug up a baggie from the car, and asked Mark to|
|gather her some sh.....err, droppings. For a souvenir? to|
|spray paint gold for Christmas decorations? Not sure, but|
|that baggie of sh.....err, droppings graced the dash of the|
car for the rest of the trip, LOL*
|From Wasilla, it was on the road again, back through|
|Anchorage, and 40 more miles south, along the Turnagain|
|Arm and the tracks of the Alaska Railroad, to Girdwood and|
|Aleyska Ski Lodge & Resort.....in preparation for Tuesday's|
|cruise of Prince William Sound !|
Alaska Railroad tracks
|Aleyska -- View from our room|
us on our journey !
|By Day||By Location|
|Tuesday||Big Game Alaska|
|Thursday||Prince William Sound|
|Approximate Driving Distances|
|COOL Alaska links|
|The Matanuska Glacier|
|is the largest road-accessible glacier. Measuring roughly|
|27 miles long, and 4 miles wide, it is one of the very few in|
|Alaska that you can actually walk up to and hike on.|
|A young New Hampshire man fell to his death there last year.|
|It is presumed he fell down one of the many abyss' or|
|sinkholes there, as his body was never found.|
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