McCarthy to Anchorage

August 26, 2013
We left McCarthy fairly early Saturday morning. Drove back McCarthy road toward Chitna.

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The Only Bear We Saw! WHEW!!!


Both Carol and I figured out how to take panoramic shots with our cameras, phones ect.
We stopped a lot, the day was partly sunny. That equals great=pictures of mountains, valleys, rivers and such.
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On way to Chitna, Ak

We finally arrive just before Chitna, to see on the rivers edge Fish Wheels. Wow, Carol and I drove down to see the wheel working. The fishermen were delighted by our questions. They walked both Carol and I out onto the wet, slightly bobbing fish wheel. It was catching the last of the fish for the season.
I was crazy scared to go out, but went anyway. (My life insurance was paid up). So did Carol. What a thrill. The men explained how the wheel worked and the seasons of fish and types. Thank you!!!

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On way to Glenn Allen, Ak


Off again, past Chitna, Copper Center and on the road north to Glenn Allan. To swing around come back east past Eureka, Ak. (Just a restaurant town). Yes, we ate there. Great food and the best man cave in the world!!!!
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Miles and miles of straight road. Near Eureka,Ak


The Man Cave in Eureka, Ak.
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Kids Beware! They fine you here.


moose, elk and other horns. Birds, Bears and Cats. Oh, my.
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Man cave, one wall

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Skins and Cats


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Ducks flying in.


This place was amazing. Beautiful mounts were everywhere.
Did I mention the food was good and a gas station too!
No time to sit around. Still 5 hours more or less to Anchorage. In Alaska you loose all sense of time. You wake crazy early and seems like bed time is far far away.
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Fall is coming. The trees are fewer and Scruffier here.


Off we went to find Matanuska Glacier. So we could walk on Glacier.
A hour or so past Eureka, we stopped at Mattanuska Glacier. Wow, we walked down onto the glacier and I found a piece of ice. Clear as glass. No impurities. Cold too.
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Matamuska Glacier valley


All day Carol and I were grateful we brought winter jackets. It was in the low 50′s and in the 30′s down on the glacier.
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Edge of Matanuska Glacier


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Carol at Glaciet


I collected a bit of glacier sand for the kids and slipped my precious glacier ice into a small ziploc and pocketed both little bags. Rock collection finds..
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Margaret at Matanuska Glacier


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The Ice......


As we were driving back to the highway from the glacier trip…the sun was low and blinding me…. I stopped the car and waited 30 minutes for the sun to go behind the mountain ridge. I was driving up hill on a one lane path with no guard rails around the mountain. With cliff drop off to the left, prudent I guess.
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Stressfull driving, up and down to the Glacier


We got back on the highway heading east then south towards Palmer.
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Beautiful


It was dark when we stopped for dinner in Palmer. This was one of the few times we ate at a chain restaurant. The state fair was in full session, carnival rides and loud speakers. We watched from our window seat, a little worn out.
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Dinner was nice. Still over and hour until we would reach Anchorage.
To much light in sky to see northern lights, but it was mighty dark for our ride back.

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  1. You are truly blessed. I drove the McCarthy road for the first time in 95…had a flat and when done changing the tire a BIG black bear was sleeping in front of my truck…Oh and in the flat tire was a railroad spike…Great souvenir.

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