Alaska Day 17 - Visiting McCarthy, one more ride on McCarthy Road and on to Glacier View
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A new day, and unfortunately also the departure day. I wish we could have stayed here at least two more days! While we waited for the shuttle bus that would take us back to the pedestrian bridge we paid one last visit to the mighty mine ruins. Today it was EXACTLY 73 years ago that the mine closed and workers and families must have been moving out as well.
We brought our luggage to the car and walked back over the bridge. We still had not seen the hamlet of McCarthy. McCarthy had its most flourishing days when the Kennecott Mine was operating. Alcohol, gambling, and other forms of "entertainment" were not allowed in the mine village of Kennicott. So, miners came here to spend their money. The village had everything: bars, hotels, a gym, hardware stores, and a red light district.
Unfortunately the village had almost gone into hibernate because of the end of the season. The museum was closed and so were the few shops. So, after some quick pictures we walked back to the car and started rocking and shaking for 60 miles of McCarthy (dirt) Road, see two blogs back! At 11:10 AM we departed the River parking and at 4:17 PM we arrived in Chitina. 5 hours and 7 minutes. Still a long time for 96 km (60 miles). Of course we also stopped a few times for lunch, a bridge photos, for stunning views, and to take a picture of the carved rock near Chitina.
The asphalt of the Edgerton Highway felt like a liberation. After a snail's pace of 15 mile per hour it felt so good to drive 55 mph again. We also needed that increased speed, because we still had a journey of 224 km (139 miles) ahead to our last overnight location in the Final Frontier. We tracked back our way via the Edgerton and Richardson Highways to Glenallen where we joined the Glenn Highway (Route 1).
We had travelled on route 1 before from Anchorage to Seward and later from Seward to Palmer. So, we were now catching up with the last and most north eastern leg of the highway. This part was constructed in World War II together with the Alaska Highway, in order to connect Anchorage with the lower 48 states.
We reached the Sheep Mountain Lodge, our last night stay in Alaska around 7:00 PM. A nice place with many cabins offering great views on the surrounding Alps like mountains. Stephan discovered that the pure and smog less air of Alaska allowed us to make pictures of the full moon just using our zoom lenses. Since we had been in the car almost all day we also hiked a 3-km (2-mile) hike on the premises of the lodge.
More pictures below!