Glorious blue sky this a.m.! Wow! A great way to wake up! The fall colours were outstanding & highlighted the blue sky with the snow-capped Mt. Sanford peeking over the horizon.
Just north of Twin Lakes, Mt. Sanford again
rose from the horizon but with clouds moving in.
Do not plan a hike to the mountain from Nabesna Road unless you are really keen on trudging 55 km (34 miles) through muskeg and over small mountains!
We did not setting any speed records, stopped often for pictures plus the road was still rough.
One tends to see odd things when taking time to move along the road. The sign below was at a roadside stop that was obviously popular despite the hike to the facilities!
Mt. Sanford kept showing up to the west.
We were really enjoying the start to today. Conditions were perfect for sightseeing.
Two hours after setting off from Twin Lakes the truck turned west on the paved surface of the Tok Cutoff. Lunch was at a large rest area by the Chistochina River. It was WINDY! The fifth wheel rocked while we munched.
We decided to head south to Valdez. We wanted to visit both McCarthy and Valdez. Approaching the Edgerton Highway junction, and seeing that blue overhead, the truck continued southward towards Valdez. Our last visit to Valdez had been in the pouring rain and we hoped to see it in clear skies!
There were rough spots on the Richardson Hwy, just as there are on most highways in the north.
Debated overnighting at the Squirrel Creek Recreation Site. It didn't appeal to us so carried on.
Worthington Glacier is beside the road, visible on the approach southbound. The glacier has receded a great deal from the first time I saw it as a kid. Back then it was almost to the road.
It is impressive to see. There is a rest area and visitor center at the foot of the glacier (we visited on our way out from Valdez). It is possible to hike to the toe of the glacier, with caution.
Below is Worthington Glacier as it appeared in September 1993.
Soon after the Worthington Glacier is the drive through Thompson
Then the descent starts towards Valdez.
Decided to pull into the Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site, 25 miles outside of Valdez rather than head into Valdez. This rec site has numerous campsites perched on the side of the mountain, nestled alongside Blueberry Lake.
The campground was about half full when we pulled in at 5:30 p.m. Most of the larger sites were occupied. We found one in which we fit that included a fire pit and a picnic bench that had an amazing view of the mountains.
This campground is squeezed onto the edge of the mountain. On its north side is the highway, on its east side is a hairpin turn on the highway and on its lower southside is the highway. Much lower!
I could not get over the stunning views as the sun set! A lovely spot to spend the night! Only $15 for the privilege too.