Day 2: July 5th
a night a sleeping through bottle rockets shot all over the camping
ground (recently bulldozed to expose new sharp rocks) I drove through
town to get a few more shots. A Princess ship arrived in port during
the night and I wanted to capture more of the "beauty" of
The town is full of semi-abandoned vehicles, muldering
buildings and failing development ideas. The only thing the town seems
to have gained from the car tunnel is the ability to get out and a
huge parking lot for cruise and ferry passengers.
After leaving Whittier, I hiked a short trail because
bears had been seen there. Also, I visited the Portage Glacier visitor
center and the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center to watch a Princess
bus run off the road and Japanese tourist try to get moose to eat
popcorn. The day was pretty miserable so I decided to spend it panning
for gold in Hope. Once I got there there sun came out and the day
was beautiful. Only found some small pieces of flour gold though.Did
find the secret to finding better gold though. Simply break the law
and high bank. Others were finding quite a bit that way.
the way Tim, here is the rental car. A Ford Focus. It will just barely
carry our stuff so you may want to pack even lighter.
I will throw in the only picture I have taken of myselfe
too. I had one more but it made me look too fat.
I ended the day on the shores of Lake Kenai at the Quartz
Creek campground. Weather has been great for tent camping. Which is
nice, especially for the budget, not so good for the back.
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