Wrangell Mountains along the Copper River
The Wrangell Mountains along the Copper River
Geo: 62.3599, -140.87
The sky was bright blue and the sun was starting to warm up the day when we left Valdez at 7 in the morning. There was no traffic on the Richardson Hwy as we headed back to Glennallen along the Copper River. This time the skies were clear and we had our first look at the Wrangell Mountains in the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Mt. Wrangell was covered in clouds at the upper elevations, but Mt. Drum and Mt. Sanford were spectacular in the morning light. Unfortunately, the position of the sun made good photos impossible.
At Glennallen we picked up Hwy 1 again and proceeded along the Glenn Highway Tok Cutoff to Tok. The Wrangell Mountains stayed with us most of the way to Tok. Back in Tok again, we stopped for fuel and food, then headed east on the Alaska Hwy 2, back to the Yukon.
Dark clouds had been threatening us since we arrived in Tok. It wasn't until we started towards the border that we finally had some light sprinkles and endless mist. Crossing the Canadian Border, we had the pleasure of one more gauntlet of terrible roads, this time courtesy of
the Canadians. A light rain added to the fun, riding 15 miles in Adobe-colored muddy roads filled with potholes and loose gravel. After a few tense moments of doing the slip-and-slide we made it through, mud-sprinkled from our knees down.
Just after clearing the Canadian Customs Station in the Yukon, we checked into our nice little cabin at Buckshot Betty's in Beaver Creek. Tonight would be our last night in Canada as we head back into Alaska tomorrow to catch our ferry in Haines. Then it's a four-day no-frills cruise down to Bellingham, WA along the Inside Passage.
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