My boys and I – Will, Hickory and I, that is – just returned from a week-long road trip through Alaska’s interior.
Our travels took us along the Glenn Highway to Lake Louise, into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park along the Nabesna Road and then further into the Park via the McCarthy Road to McCarthy and Kennecott, two quirky towns perched on a glacier full of fascinating history. We finished our trip in Valdez where we took an incredible kayaking trip to the Columbia Glacier.
We weren’t sure how it would go traveling with our beloved dog. I mean, we love him but we can hardly expect the rest of Alaska to love (tolerate) him quite as much as we do.
As it turns out, Hickory is the consummate traveling companion. Quiet, contemplative – a true minimalist - he required few rest stops. He did, though, every once in a while, get a little tired of the car and decide that his journey was done for the day.
Refusing to get in the car at a rest area
I took over three hundred photos and it’s hard to pick just which snow-capped mountain peak is more beautiful than the next. But, I’ll do my best to whittle down my photos and write a recap of our trip in separate parts.
After departing Anchorage late last Saturday, we made our way to the Lake Louise Lodge for our first night’s stay. We dodged rain showers as we drove in and the skies parted just as we arrived at the lake.
Our little cabin (on the right)
The lodge was a little more jet-skis and big-game-on-the-walls than we anticipated, but the setting was hard to beat.
Sunset at 11:45pm
And it gave us just the rest we needed to set out for our next destination: the Nabesna Road of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.