Sally, Kelley, Norma, Sylvia, Kari, Paula - the sensational six. Our photo was taken by 3 goat hunters we met packing out their meat.
Our lunch spot at Eagle River
We did a loop. Here we are coming out the Dew Mound Trail. Note the orange marker on the tree in the lower left corner. We followed these markers to know we were still on the trail.
Sylvia had invited us to her "cabin" in Settler's Bay in Wasilla. We visualized a Forest Service type cabin. This beautiful home and its sensational occupant welcomed us.
Our second day was spent at the Independence Mine. I had never been there. Yep, it was raining. These are original buildings. The one behind us is newly painted. The one in the left back is the original paint - two coats of aluminum paint with "cheerful" red trim. The mine operated from 1938 through basically 1942 when gold mining was closed during WWII. The site is now an Alaska State Park.
We were able to walk up on the hill and see some of the cars used to take the ore out. They used an electric engine powered by batteries.
Beautiful fall colors. The rain stopped and the clouds lifted for a brief time. Time enough to take a picture.
The colors coming down from Hatcher Pass.
Third day. We are ready to hike the Upper South Fork Eagle River trail. Glad a picture was taken. Not sure I could remember the name. I can remember our names though: Kelley, Sally, Kari, Norma, Sylvia, Paula.
Our cheerful leader ..... Sylvia.
We drove to the trailhead in fog. Couldn't see the view at all. Then the clouds started to lift as we climbed higher and higher.
The sun came out and we started shedding layers. Kelley LOVES that sun!
Now this is more like it!
Our lunch spot. It really wasn't as dark as it looks. Yep, we are above tree line.
This is the stream we crossed. That milky water means it is glacier water.
Be sure and look up. You never know what you will see. That's Denali in the far distance. What a treat to see The Mountain when we didn't expect it.
Everything is still. Beautiful country waiting for winter.