Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Hello from a primitive campsite ten miles northwest of Nabesna, in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska!

I finally saw the Aurora Borealis!!!

Start time: 0800

Start odometer: 14401

Weather: Beautiful day, 36 F.

 

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Where the pavement ends east of Chitina.

The Copper River, with the Wrangell Mountains behind.

This is the road heading back to Chitina.

Just beyond this cut in the rocks is the town of Chitina.  This was originally a train pass.  It is single lane, so I awaited a fuel truck to pass through.

This beautiful pond was in Chitina.

Abandoned building in town.

 

I decided to head back into Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve and drive the McCarthy Road a short distance towards Kennecott.  The original railroad ties can be seen!

This was an interesting road to drive!

One final view of the Copper River.

Tom's Saloon, where I ate the previous night.

Another spectacular view of the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains.

Looking north as the Alyeska Pipeline heads underground.

The Copper Center Roadhouse.

More beautiful views along the road.

So this car near a rest stop.

This sign explains The Alaska Road Commission.

This the the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve Slana  Ranger Station on Nabesna Road.

This was where a road off of Nabesna Road ended.

A bridge along Nabesna Road near a few campsites.

Part of the mud path on the road.

Nabesna Road.

 

Routes traveled today: AK 10 - AK 4

Hotel: Camping inside the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, near Nabesna, Alaska -

(I had already stowed my tent.  It was positioned where the darker square surrounded by frost shows in the picture.)

 

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