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A Very Rainy Drive to Chugach National Forest

Sunday, July 1, 2007

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Steady rain all morning and we are slow to pack up, but finally get on the road around 11am. After stopping at Fred Meyers for groceries, we drive out to Williwaw National Forest Campground in Chugach National Forest. The drive along Turnagain Arm would be more scenic if the rain would stop and the low clouds would lift. We make a few stops to look at the scenery and try to ignore the rain.
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After we set up the 5ver we take off for the Chugach USFS Visitor Center at Portage Glacier. When we were here 13 years ago there were lots of little icebergs in the lake and near the shore of the visitor center. However today there are very few icebergs. We learn that the glacier has receded so much that it is no longer 'over the lake' but is now at the edge of the lake, which has slowed it's withdraw.
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It is still raining very steady, but they have some excellent exhibits to look at inside.
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We also watch their 20 minute movie and their ranger talk on area wetlands. Hopefully tomorrow it will stop raining and we can come back and look at the lake and maybe hike back to the glacier. The Portage Glacier used to be visible from the visitors’ center, but it keeps receding and now can only be seen if you take a boat trip or hike out.

We broil our fresh sockeye salmon for dinner and spend the evening reading. It’s still raining and we have no electric, no internet, and no television.

Posted by jengelman 13:14 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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