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Posts tagged Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

The dog that saved me

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Root Glacier (Alaska)

Less than an hour before this photo taken, I came face to face with a bear on the trail to this glacier. Unlike other bears I have met in the wild, this one didn’t run the other way. Instead, it started up the trail toward me. I know, you’re supposed to “get big” when you are in a bear staredown, but my natural instinct was to back up. The dog in this photo was 50-100 feet behind me on the trail and decided to get between me and the bear. That scared the bear off, and so I’m still here to tell the story.

Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark – Wrangell

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Kennecott Mill Town (Alaska)

Flying out of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

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Wrangell Mountain Air

Today’s photo comes from our journey out of McCarthy. On the prior day, we flew into McCarthy on the plane out my window in this picture.

Eriophorum cottongrass

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West Kennecott Glacier Trail

We started watching “Edge of Alaska” a few nights ago. Wow! Highly recommended if you are going to McCarthy or have visited there before. We actually got to see one of Neil Darish’s outbursts while we there but didn’t know that he was sort of famous at the time.

100 years and counting

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Ma Johnson’s Hotel (McCarthy, Alaska)

Built 100 years before this photo was taken, Ma Johnson’s Hotel is where we stayed last month for a night. Interesting, to say the least.

I’m currently reading Cold Mountain Path, a book I highly recommend BEFORE (or during) a trip to McCarthy or Cordova.

Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains

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Looking north from the air between Chitina and McCarthy, Alaska–East Blackburn Mountain in the distance.