Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Day 47 - Travel to Tok, AK
It was overcast and misty when we left Valdez; but the visibility dropped to about 40 yards as we crossed over Thompson Pass. As soon as we crossed over Thompson Pass and drove into the valley, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day for driving.
We stopped at Willow Lake and took these pictures. That is Fireweed in the foreground.
We stopped at the Wrangell-St. Elias visitor center. This park is incredible. It is the largest U.S. National Park with 13.2 million acres. It equals six Yellowstones with peaks upon peaks and glaciers after glaciers. Follow any braided river or stream to its source and you will find either a receding or advancing glacier. Due to the very limited access into the park, very few people get to enjoy its vastness. Those who do, get a chance to see what the world may have looked like during the ice age; it is that remote and unblemished by human touch.
We walked along the paths at the visitor center and saw an abundance of these Soapberrys. They are edible, but extremely bitter berries and have been used in native medicines. These are Prickly Rose. Five pink petals and prickly stems make this shrub easy to identify. The red fruits or "hips" are renowned for their nutritional content. Three rose hips may contain more vitamin C than one orange.
A view looking out over the Tok River. I thought this made an interesting picture with the Fireweed growing around a damaged guard rail.
One minute before this picture was taken there was a mother moose with two calves eating by the side of this lake. By the time I stopped and ran back, she was gone. This is a pretty little pond next to where I stopped to see the moose.
We arrived at Tok RV Village this afternoon and had our driver's talk at 5:00 PM. Eight of us walked over to Fast Eddy's Restaurant for dinner. Left to right: Charlie Marecle, Minnie Proctor, Loren Mulkins, Susan Shallbetter, Cathy Mulkins and Ann & Ed Rzepka. Bill Shallbetter is behind the camera.
Day 48 - Travel to Destruction Bay

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