Having survived our train trip to Seward, now it's time to take the Hatcher Pass, which we checked out a few days ago. First, we take the Parks Highway to Willow, then the Hatcher Pass road, shown above.
I doubt if Teddy here will survive the winter, but currently he makes a distinctive marker for the driveway leading to his families house.
Since we started this road in the opposite direction from the other evening when we checked it out, it's a slow drive uphill. It doesn't seem to take long to find this mine, apparently still in use. Signs along the way warn of mining claims. We didn't bring a gold pan, so have no worries.
I took this picture to show the thick tundra. It is incredibly soft, like walking on 6 - 10 inches of foam rubber.
We hike all around this lake, and believe it or not, didn't get our feet wet!
This is the extent of the wildlife seen all along the pass road!
Now we're going toward the Glenn Highway on the way to Matanuska Glacier.
We're now at the Matanuska Glacier and enjoying the views. This is one of the few glaciers accessible by road.
I loved the story of the ice worm as told in Robert Service's Poem.
For the text: Ballad of the Ice Worm Cocktail
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