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... or river craft. At the Visitor Center we watched the film and took a short hike. This VC and the views from the highway get three thumbs up and a black bear. We took a scenic drive and saw salmon fishermen and the Alaska Pipeline. Next move on the trip is to Anchorage.
All bit up in AK ...
... other services for travelers. Offices for the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Troopers, & the Dept. of Fish and Game are located here. Local businesses serve residents & tourism from the Glenn Highway traffic & there is a 24 hour medical care that provides urgent care.
Glennallen is one of the few communities in the region that was not built on the site of a native village. It has a population of 480 approximately.
During WW II the US built a ...
... far side of the Copper River. Mt. Sanford (16,237 feet) and Mt. Drum (12,010 feet) dominate this stretch of road, which we see just short before the rain starts in a stunning setting.
We still need to find a place for the night and have about 50 miles left to Glennallen.
As we pass lodges and cabins we stop but everything is booked. The B&B in Glennallen has a group of people which are gathering for ...
... t look much different than some of the roadhouses we passed on the way here but it opened at 5:30pm and we got right in for a good "roadhouse steak sandwich". So this day ended a little earlier and gave me time to catch up on the blog entries that I couldn't update since the Aurora-Express B&B didn't have any guest Internet connection and the one here at the Riverview B&B in Gakona seems to work pretty good.
... and a gravel one starts. As we had a rental we weren't supposed to go on gravel roads, but we carefully drove a little bit just to get over the bridge and back to say we'd been on the McCarthy Road (and therefore into the park), even if it was only a few feet! The views from the bridge were amazing. We then drove out of the park, stopping at the same field on the way as the buffalo were even closer to the road, then back onto the main highway, this time heading towards Valdez.