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Jul 26, 2016 - Prince Rupert BC to Wrangel AK

July 26, 2016 Packed up the rig and are ready to board the ferry. Despite all of the diesel trucks, we had to drive out of town to find our petrol. The widely trumpeted uniqueness of the Cow Bay area of Prince Rupert again was more for attracting tourists than satisfying certainly us. We found a cappuccino hut and sat for a cup of pretty good cup of coffee. Otherwise, there was not much worth seeing. We had hoped to have a seafood lunch before boarding the ferry but there really was not much of interest. Stopped at the Safeway where Bob...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Wrangell-St Elias National Park

We stopped near Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This is the largest national park in the US in size. But it is mostly viewed from a few rugged roads around the mountains. We saw several moose as we drove the Nabesna Road. The park has several high mountains, dormant volcanoes, and numerous glaciers. Several mountains in the Wrangell-St Elias park are over 15,000 feet high. The Nabsena Rd. access was originally built to support a gold mine. The other entry via Chitna and McCarthy was built to support the Kennicott Copper Mine. We visited...

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Aug 9, 2011 - Off the Beaten Path

Our adventure today took us off the beaten path into Wrangell-St Elias National Park, America’s Largest National Park at 13.2 million acres. This National Park didn’t become a park until 1980. So, unlike the parks in other parts of America, it’s not only the country’s largest, but one of the least known and developed. There is very little physical access to the park. There are only two roads into the park. We took the southern route, McCarthy Road, into the park on a long dirt/gravel road (60 miles) to Kennicott and McCarthy. Our first...

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Jul 25, 2010 - Jet boat trip in Wrangell

Today we took a great jet boat trip with Breakaway Adventures. Eric the boat owner has a 22 ft., 300 hp, diesel jet boat and he knows how to drive it to the max. This guy is quite the hot rod driver. We did donuts, jumped dead trees in the river, and used the boat to push icebergs out of the way. Check out the pictures. BTW we saw bald eagles and bears on the Stikine River today.

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Jun 14, 2010 - Wrangell-St.Elias National Park flight seeing

Wow the weather is giving us a break today and we headed off toward what is know as the McCarthy Road or AK highway 10, the only road into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Once you pass the town of Chitna and cross the Copper River Bridge the 59 ½ mile gravel road is made on an old railroad bed from the railroad that was built in 1908-1911 to carry ore from the Kennecott Copper Mine out of the mountains to the coast to be shipped to smelters. The history of the development of the mine and the area is fascinating and the National Park...

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Aug 20, 2009 - Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

After a late start we made our way to the visitor centre for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This park is the largest U.S. national park and is six times the size of Yellowstone National Park. It is wilderness best accessed by air. There are only two unpaved roads that penetrate the park (both known to take at least one tire out if not two!) and very few developed trails. Four major mountain ranges meet in the park, which include nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States. The visitor centre was really the only means of getting...

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Sep 11, 2008 - Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the largest NP in the United States. It’s connected to Kluane on the Canadian side. It’s pretty much a wilderness park with very little in the way of facilities and visitor amenities….but it displays overwhelming views and terrain and provides an immenseness of solitude. Maybe we’ve spent too much time around the tourist trap part of Alaska and not enough in the wilderness which is what really endears us to this place. We seemed to get more relaxed as we entered the Wrangell, St. Elias area and it’s...

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Aug 19, 2008 - Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay

About 6 am this morning, I woke up and noticed the ship was rocking and rolling a little. We hadn't had any of that until then. It was nice to sleep by, but when I got up a little later, I had to get my "sea legs" on! We were out in the Gulf of Alaska which had some 10 foot waves going which isn't too big for a ship of this size. Today, we didn't stop in any port. We went further north/northwest to Yakutat Bay to see Hubbard Glacier which is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent. It is 76 miles long, with an open...

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Jun 30, 2008 - Nabasena & Glenallen

Nabasena is an old gold mining area about 48 miles located inside the Wrangell-St Elias National Park on the north side of the Wrangell Mountains. It is reached by a gravel road from the village of Slana (we planned the stop in Slana so we could visit Nabasena). We decided to make the drive the afternoon we arrived because the weather turned nice, partly cloudy and warm and the forecast was for continuing rainy weather. We'd gone about 8 miles when we encountered a cow moose with two young calves crossing the road. She was wary and they...

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Jun 19, 2008 - Wrangell St. Elias National Park

After leaving Tok, we headed west along the Glenn Highway towards Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. This park, which encompasses all the lands surrounding the Wrangell and St. Elias mountain chains, is the largest park (in terms of square miles) in the entire National Park System. However, the park is almost totally inaccessible--there are two rough roads which go a short distance into the park from two different points on the eastern side of the park. Otherwise, one really is limited to flying over the park for a birds-eye view. Our goal...

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May 31, 2008 - Start of the Land Package - Whittier To Copper River

This morning we dis-embarked from the Diamond Princess for the last time and officially started the Land Package of our trip. Off the ship and a short walk down the pier, up a ramp, across and down another pier and we boarded the Klondike Express. The Klondike was going to ferry us from Whittier across the Prince William Sound to Valdez. This will be about a 2 1/2 hour trip. From Valdez, we will board a motor coach and travel about 3 1/2 hours to the Copper River Wilderness Lodge owned by Princess Cruises. There, we will stay for two...

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Aug 22, 2007 - Valdez - Slana

Overnight it poured rain, and this morning the weather is worse than yesterday. If the weather had been better, we would have liked to take a boat ride to see the glaciers, but it is no use if you can't see anything. We took the family vote and decided to move on. We backtracked over the pass, and the weather improved the further away we went. We had decided to go to Slana, which is where the road goes into Wrangell- St. Elias park. Once we get back to Glenallen, we rejoin the Glenn Highway, and follow along the edge of Wrangell- St. Elias...

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