Saturday, May 11, 2013

to Palmer, AK

5-11-2013 – Yesterday was a take it easy day in Tok.  Few campgrounds open. Plenty of snow. Just electric at site, but were able to dump and get water. to Palmer AK 001

Travels today: Tok Cutoff to Gatkona (Richardson Hwy) to Glennallen (Glenn Highway) to Palmer.  Road from Tok had lots of frost heaves – so just travel slow.  Roadside ponds are a flutter with ducks and occasional Trumpeter Swans.  Scenic views aboundto Palmer AK 015

Always on the look out for animals --- what a neat surprise.  Not one but two different herds of caribou running on the highway.

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At Eureka Summit area the bent snow poles help to guide the snow plows.

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And the snowy mountain peaks just get better and better.  One spectacular view after another.  So glad we came early to see these magnificent mountains covered in snow.

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Winter has stayed a bit longer, spring is on the way.  Everyone tells us this is such an unusual year.  By this time trees are leafed out and the waters flowing freely.  Of course we wish it were a bit warmer, but we are thoroughly enjoying the beauty of the season.  Plan to stay a week at the Palmer Elk’s Lodge --- what a grand view!

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5 comments:

Bill said...

We never got up to Alaska this early in the year, even when my sister lived there. It looks like we missed a lot of great scenery.

Steve said...

BRRRRRRRR !!!! Hope it is warmer next year.

Al and Sharon said...

We have been thinking about leaving early, like you have, for a 2014 trip. I think you have sold us on going early!

Thanks for the blog & info

Al and Sharon said...

We have been thinking about leaving early, like you have, for a 2014 trip. I think you have sold us on going early!

Thanks for the blog & info

Debbie Abernethy said...

Those snow plow markers are incredible. We never saw them. I thought it was a marker for an RV clearance (smile).