Category: Alaska

Introduction to McCarthy and Kennecott

  The remote mining town of Kennecott and its supporting outpost McCarthy have their roots in the early 1900’s, long before the Wrangell St. Elias National Park was established in 1980.   In 1899 two prospectors bushwhacked their way into the Kennicott Glacier Valley and discovered what was then the richest copper deposit in the Read More …

Destination Alaska

In a month and a half I am flying up to Alaska to work for a bush plane company operating out of Wrangel St. Elias National Park and Preserve (map / wiki).   When I visited Wrangel St. Elias National Park last year it made a lasting impression on me.

Alaska – Miscelaneous

Alaska is a unique place. Massive industry interests in petroleum, mining, timber, and fishing are juxtaposed against environmental conservation.   The time-honored Alaskan tradition of self-sufficiency is juxtaposed against cities and communities which clearly owe their success to tourism.  

People I met in Alaska: Cheney

. David Cheney: The Medicine Man . I picked up Cheney on my way out of Haines heading north back towards Anchorage. I figured I could use a bit of company, and I expected a bit of entertainment.   Cheney introduced himself as Cheney The Medicine Man. He had half a dozen necklaces with dangling wire wrapped Read More …

People I met in Alaska: Chris

  Cool Hand Chris   I met Chris early on in my travels through Alaska (August 4th). I was driving Highway 2 towards Tok when I came to a section of alternating one-way traffic for some road construction up ahead. Chris was manning the Stop/Slow sign, and during my ~12 minute wait we got to Read More …

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (NP #29), Alaska

8/6/15   It’s no coincidence that the largest national park in the US resides in her largest state.   At over 20,000 square miles Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve (map / wiki) occupies an area greater than the state of Vermont. It’s unique from other parks I’ve visited for a few reasons.

Ferry Ride to Alaska (State #47)

Deciding to take the ferry up to Alaska was a serious commitment for two reasons.   It’s expensive ($833 for my car and $369 for my personal ticket) and it’s definitive. I had to commit to being in a certain place on a certain date from four months in advance, and that was tough to do.