Kenny Lake to Tok

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2009

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Tok RV Village

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Monday, August 17, 2009

We left Kenny Lake this morning.  We decided not to install the tow car shield because the car was so dirty that we did not want the cover abrading the dirt on the paint.  We also planned on stopping at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Slana Ranger Station to drive Nebesna Road back into the north part of the park.

We retraced our path north to Glennallen (Glenn Highway and road from Anchorage) where we made a grocery stop.  From Glennallen you travel northeast on the Tok Cutoff, kind of an extension of the Glenn Highway. At Tok you then turn east on the Alaska Highway.

We arrived at the ranger station a little before lunch, unhitched, and turned the coach around at the dead end. We visited with the ranger for a while checking on the status of Nebesna Road.  We knew there were some stream fords to cross and wanted to be sure that our Ford Explorer could handle them.  The ranger also told us where along the road to watch for eagles, bears, beavers, and moose.  He also suggested that the clouds were beginning to break, so we should get a good view of the mountains. (Because of the clouds we had yet to see a really good view of the mountains of this mountainous park.) We got our passport stamp and returned to the coach for lunch before traveling Nebesna Road..

We set out on the 40 mile road, of which only the first 4 miles are paved. The first of the stream fords does not occur until mile 29.  Due to snowmelt and /or glacial runoff, stream fords can get much deeper as the day progresses.  Well, we did see the beaver lodge, but no other wildlife.  The clouds parted a little, but we did not get really good views of the mountains.  The drive was an adventure, and the road much better than the more heavily travelled McCarthy Road in the southern part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

We got into Tok in time to have dinner at Fast Eddy’s Restaurant (a favorite on the Alaska Highway).  We also discovered all of the tar on the back of the coach and front of the car. We used Bug-Off to remove the tar on the coach, but the car will have to wait until morning.

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