We enjoyed a great evening and slept well even though it rained through the night.
Continuing south along the Nabesna Road the road surface became rough gravel. We meandered slowly along. We weren't in a hurry, so no worries. A grader was maintaining the road and there were numerous hunters out as well.
There are numerous places to pull-off on the way towards Twin Lakes. The ranger at the park entrance had told us the campground at Twin Lakes was closed as it was under construction. So we stopped to check out a roadside camping spot by the lake.
A park employee stopped and told us to go to the campground and enjoy its amenities. We explained that we'd been told there was no camping there. He advised that the campground was incomplete but no construction was ongoing. He reiterated that we should park there. So we left our roadside spot and pulled into the Twin Lakes recreation site. Found a good spot to leave the fifth wheel, packed a lunch, and headed out with the truck.
The skies were sunny with big cloud banks moving through. It made for interesting lighting.
The colours on the mountains were striking. And the rocky edges were interesting!
The mountain below was an amazing red colour. It seemed to be the rock rather than the fauna.
Despite the odd lighting, I was loving the photo opportunities through this area!
Towards the end of the road, the skies clouded over.
We passed by numerous homes, a B&B, and a handful of bush planes. Then reached a sign indicating the road to the historical mine was private with no trespassing. We turned around.
Driving back through "town", I took
pictures of the planes from the truck window. I knew my
former-Alaska-pilot friend Joe would appreciate the diversion from the scenery usually displayed here! Joe provided the info about each of these aircraft -- an interesting mix!
See the airfield on Google Maps at N62 23.878 W142 59.709.
Back near where the State road maintenance ended, there was a lovely spot for our lunch break!
The peaks surrounding our rest spot were amazing! Even with the misty haze that had settled in, the craggy features created a great lunchroom!
Then back on the road headed north to return to our campsite at Twin Lakes.
The blue skies returned and the fall colours were highlighted brilliantly.
Nabesna Road is dirt in some places and gravel in others.
South of the Sportsman Lodge, a creek runs across the road. The roadbed was soft but passable when we were there. I was glad we were not towing the trailer!
Back at the Twin Lakes recreation site we settled in for the evening.
The parks official who told us we could overnight at the campground came back to let us know he was closing the gate. The decision had been made to close the campground. There was concern that ATV/quad riders would tear up the new gravel base in the campground and destroy the work already completed. We offered to leave but he said we were okay and asked that we let ourselves out in the morning and replace the gate when we left. So we had our own little private campground!
Steve, of course, went fishing with the kayak. By 9:30 p.m. he hadn't returned so I headed to the lake to check. Took my camera with me as there was still some light in the sky.
Steve caught some grayling. I continued to take pictures of the setting sun.
The sun hit the tree tops and mountains, giving both red highlights. With creative use of ISO640 and 1/80 second shutter speed, I was able to capture a fair bit of detail.
We had a very nice evening. The area was peaceful.