Spike & Kay's RV Adventures travel blog

Portage glacier

Alyeska Resort

Hiking near the campground

Middle glacier near our campground


7-26-2013 Today we traveled just a bit up the road to look at the Portage Glacier and the Lake below it. Spike had been here years ago and said it has receded a lot. You can take a tour boat out to the glacier for $33 each, but we didn't as it was clear outside and you could see the glacier easily.

Then we were off to Alyeska ski area to see how that has changed over the years. It used to be a very small ski area with just a couple of small chair lifts, and now it has a huge five star Hotel, a tram, and all the trimmings connected to it. It is the biggest ski area in Alaska which receives 650 inches of snow a year!

We decided to take a side trip up the road to the Crow creek mine, not much to see, as there was a tour bus there clogging things up. So we continued up a dirt road, which paralleled a canyon, just to see what was up there. We must have drove about 5 miles in and found about 10 houses of various shapes and sizes “ living off the grid” as they say. Looks like someone had abandoned a mining operation up there. The road ended with a lovely hiking trail that went up into the mountain meadows.

On our way back we stopped to get ice cream cone at Girdwood. An ice cream store off the main road here offers lots of different flavors to choose from. Plus there was a bakery that had cinnamon rolls! Among other yummy things!

7-27-2013 Last night it rained off and on all night, and it was easy to fall asleep to the rain drumming on the roof. It is a bit overcast this morning but I think that is just the way the mornings are around here. Cloudy in the morning but by lunchtime you have sunshine.

Today we took a hike on one of the many nice paths at our campground. We walked down to the spawning creeks and ponds looking for spawning salmon. None here yet, I guess we are a little bit early. We did see evidence of a bear and decided to be a bit more noisy as we hiked. We don't want anymore bear encounters. We walked quite a ways on the really nice gravel path, and were circling back to our campground when we found a narrow path in the brush. We decided to take it to see if we could get over to the "Middle" glacier that we can see from our campsite. (I guess you truely haven't hiked in Alaska until you have bushwacked through the brush). Anyway we made it over there without to many scratches, and it was totally worth it. We saw the bottom of the glacier, plus small waterfalls and a grove of wildflowers. And we even found our way back out of there!



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