Day 26 – Maclaren River Lodge to Chugiak, AK

Day 26 – Maclaren River Lodge to Chugiak, AK     09/15/10     Mileage: 253 

Just in case you didn’t know, it’s much easier to get out of bed in a warm hotel room than it is to get out of a warm sleeping bag in an ice cold tent. Dori and I met for breakfast and had some funny conversations with the local hunters, in particular one who went by the nickname Bing. Out on the road, we met up with him and he showed us how to spot moose and caribou….which is much harder than it seems. I’ve been getting a real education on hunting and fishing up here! We passed more stunning vistas of the ever present Alaska Range to the north of the road.  

Alaska Range

 

Dori looking for caribou

 

View from the Denali Highway...

 

Still more Alaska Range...

 

At the end of the Denali Highway, we turned south on the Richardson Highway…Dori to catch the road to Tok, me to catch the road down toward Scott’s house in Chugiak….just north of Anchorage. The scenery did not let up the entire way down to Chugiak, with towering mountains, fast flowing rivers and glaciers…including one that came within a half mile of the road.  

Wrangell Mountains along Rt 1

 

I think this is a "beaver"(?) plane...landing just 10 feet from the road!

 

The Chugach Range

 

Glacier in the Chugach Range...very close to the road!

 

Glacier in the Chugach Range...

 

 Tomorrow will be running errands in Anchorage before setting off for the Kenai Peninsula on Friday.

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5 Responses to Day 26 – Maclaren River Lodge to Chugiak, AK

  1. Nancy says:

    You know how eager I am to get my pilots license….I am still reading that book….perhaps I could start with that Beaver plane. 🙂 But I know not many people would consider a flight with me.

    I think we should call this Lenny’s Docudrama….

    As I said before…be safe but have fun! And please try and get home for some late spring turns…if you can 🙂

    Thanks again for enriching my life everyday with this journey 🙂

  2. jarla says:

    Hi Lenny,

    A couple of years ago I bicycled in Alaska, took the same 12 hour bus tour of Denali, and traveled many of the same roads you have been on. I have enjoyed seeing it all over again.

  3. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Finally, Lenny, a place I’ve been…yay! Hope you’re get a lot more beautiful weather.

  4. James says:

    It’s a Piper Supercub.

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