Kenny Lake

Trip Start May 31, 2008
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Trip End Aug 28, 2008


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Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, August 1, 2008

As par for the course, we found clearing skies and no rain as we closed the trailer and said "Good-bye" to Valdez.  The nice weather did allow us to get some better pictures along the Richardson Highway, which has some very nice scenery.
Our drive was just about 100 miles so we were set up in the campground early, got some lunch and set off to visit the little town of Chitina.
This little town is at the edge of the Wrangall-St. Elias National Park.  There is very little there, but apparently a nice hotel since a tour bus was parked in front. 
Information from the campground indicated that we might find eagles along the Copper River where the Alaskans fish for salmon.  We saw a lot of fish wheels working, but no eagles.  It was an interesting sight to see the string of fish wheels lined up along the river. 
Back at the campground, we ate dinner and then headed into the woods nearby to find some diamond willow.  Diamond willow is used as decorative woodwork and can be very costly.  We were able to cut a couple of pieces that can be made into walking sticks when dried, sanded and shellacked. 
Tomorrow we are letting a van transport us over the 60+ miles of dirt road to McCarthy and the Kennicott Copper Mine.
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