Wrangell-St. Elian National Park and Preserve
Trip Start May 06, 2010
137Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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I eventually got moving and walked over to McCarthy and caught a shuttle to Kennicott. I wandered around town a while, went to the Visitor Center and asked about what I could do in town. I then went to the office of the company that offers tours of the old copper mill and signed up for a 1:30 tour.
The tours go through town where you're told about some of the historic buildings down on the main "street", which used to be where the railroad tracks were located in the mining days. Then you wind your way up the hill to the top of the milling plant, which at 14 stories is the tallest wooden structure in the US. We wound our way down through the mill following the path of the ore from where it first arrived in little cars coming down the hill from the mines to where the bags of processed ore was loaded onto the railroad cars.
After the milling plant tour I caught a shuttle back to McCarthy and went to the McCarthy museum. I got kicked out of there at 5:00. Since it was such a great day, I decided I should go on a flight-seeing tour. There are two flight-seeing operators in McCarthy. I walked into one of them at random. They had room on a 90 minute tour leaving at 6:00. That sounded good so I signed up.
It was really gorgeous flying around all the glaciated peaks in the park. They don't have the tallest mountain on the continent like Denali National Park but they do have a lot of large peaks including the second tallest in the country.
After my flight I wandered over to the Blackburn Music Festival, which happened to be going on while I was there. While I was walking there a car beeped a couple hundred yards behind me. I turned around to see what they were beeping at and discovered there was a black bear between me and the car. It's amazing how they can sneak up on you.
The Festival wasn't too exciting so I wandered back to my hotel before I had to make the walk in the dark again.