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... Creek at the confluence of Glacier Creek. The water was moving quickly and violently underneath this bridge. Yep more pictures! Then we came to the Hand Tram which is a cage suspended across the creek and large deep gulch. The tram worked by pulling the cables attached to the cage on both sides of the gulch. It was a great upper body work out. Kevin and I helped pull the cables to move some people ...
July 28, 2014
Eight a.m., time to go panning for gold. We turned off of the Alyeska 'highway' onto a goat path of a road. Seriously, these people must have mechanics on retainer. The sign said it was three miles...of course we drove past it an extra mile because the sign didn't look like what we thought a gold mine sign should look like..ugh! We drove down an even smaller goat path...ummm, let's see, I can't think of what is smaller ...
... off of the mountain...not feeling 100% safe here with visions of mudslides and the Night of Terror campground we saw in Montana. We walked in the cold wetness to the Arbor Inn for fish dinner. The fish was good and we ran in to some folks who were also in the area on vacation. We compared notes of where we had been and what we had done so far. I had planned on walking around in the cute harbor shops but there weren't ...
Slow starting day, but we made it to breakfast by 10am at Silvertip Grill in Girdwood, a small place but very good service and good food. Dressed for hiking again, we headed back to Alyeska Resort to the start of the Winner Creek Trail. The trail starts behind the hotel like the one yesterday but this one stays lower on the mountain. It is 2.3 miles to Winner Creek Gorge and another 2/10 to a hand tram over the water. Part of the trail is used for the Iditarod race.
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... the weather for the barbecue, and the next day was hot and sunny along the Taylor Highway to Tok (rhymes with poke). We passed miles of dead trees and regenerating vegetation from the Taylor Complex fires of 2004, which burned 1.3 million acres. Alaska experiences fires every year but 2004 was exceptional with a total of 707 throughout the state and over 6 million acres of burn .