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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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Jun 29, 2007 - Day 18: Super high mountains

Made up for our sleep deficit by staying in bed until nearly 8 this morning. Marilyn started the procedure of collapsing the trailer while Dave did post office, grocery and ATM errands. We pulled out about 10:30 on our way to Chitina near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. On the way we had some "Oh Wow" level views of Mt. Sanford (16,237 ft.) and Mt. Drum, although our pictures can't do them justice with mid-day sun and many white clouds competing with the snowfields. A late lunch was eaten while updating the trip journal...

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Sep 11, 2005 - Denali Highway

Tuesday 6th Sept Off on the dirt road we go, again. This time to Wrangell St Elias Nat Park. Stuffed around at the Nat Park HQ for a while and bought the inspiring video of the place. Just made you wanna get out and climb one of the mountains. We weren't quite that adventurous but had a great time just the same. Had a bit of trouble with the car on the way there.. One of the rear brake bleeder valves came loose. Edi was able to fit it too! All we had to do was borrow a wrench from a passer-by from Colarado. Damn nice chap. Lost about an...

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