I really should have had a map of Alaska on my first Alaska post, but better late than never. So Eagle River is just north of Anchorage, which is on the center south side of the state. Anchorage is on the shore of Cook Inlet. Our river rafting adventure from the last post took place northeast of Anchorage, up the Glenn Highway on the Matanuska River.
For this next adventure, we traveled southeast, to Portage. One of my fixations as we visited Alaska was a moose sighting. I really felt that I would be a slacker if I didn't spy a moose. I mean...they were pooping and eating branches in our friends' driveway. Surely I would see one! And finally, I did.
Of course, the mountain (me) had to to to Mohammed (the moose), by way of visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Moose, bear, bison, porcupine, caribou, and much more. Highly recommend.
Next stop, an actual glacier that we actually touched, with our actual feet. We had a short hike to Portage Glacier, through the dreaded Alaska mosquitoes and flies. But well worth it.
Of course, the you can't actually see the girls' feet here. But you can see they were happy.
Next we headed north, visiting the Independence Mine Historical Site. On one hand, it was fascinating to see how industrious people can be, building this incredible infrastructure out of nothing in some pretty spare conditions. They did leave kind of a mess, though. Preserved so we can learn from it.
We also looked for Russia, but the curvature of the earth seemed to block that view.
We ended up in Willow, for a family get together and had fun singing along with John on the guitar. His family has a rich history of singing and playing, so it is always fun when the guitar comes out.
Of course, it was torture with views like this.