July 27, 2014
We left the trailer at the campground in Kenny Lake and headed for McCarthy with just the truck. McCarthy is at the end of a 60 mile stretch of dirt and gravel road. The first couple of miles were a little rough and we had to take it slow. Then the road improved a good bit and we were able to safely go 25-30 mph until about 5 miles from the destination. Then the road turned into a pot hole haven with numerous small pot holes all over the road. Down to about 10 mph in this stretch. Arrived at the destination just in time for the rain to start fairly steady. At the parking area you leave your vehicle and go across a pedestrian foot bridge to McCarthy. The hotel van picked us up and took us the 5 miles to the hotel in Kennicott. The hotel is a nice place with small rooms but great views of the surrounding mountains.
The rain quit about an hour after we arrived at the hotel. We decided to go on a tour of the Kennecott Mill and the surrounding buildings. The whole area is a national historic place run by the National Park Service. The mill is the place where the copper ore was extracted from the rock. At its peak in 1917 the Kennecott Mine accounted for 90% of all the copper produced in the United States. The tour kind of tired us out so we were ready for a relaxing evening. Had a really good dinner at the hotel and watched the sun set and the skies trying to clear. Hopefully tomorrow will be the really nice day the weatherman has predicted. Tomorrow morning we are scheduled to go on a glacier walk on Root Glacier.
July 28, 2014
Today we went on the glacier walk. It was just Dianna and I and the guide, a young girl attending the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. We were out there for 5 1/2 hours. It was a 1.5 mile walk from the hotel to the point where we got on the glacier. Equipped with our crampons and walking poles, off we went. The Root Glacier is fed by several other glaciers that originate in the mountains. We were on the ice for about 2 hours or so. The weather is clearing so maybe we will have nice evening views. Tomorrow we will head back to the trailer down the gravel road for one last time.
I attached a stock photo of the Kennecott Mill as I am not able to download my photos from the camera to the computer until we return to the trailer. Will post photos tomorrow.