I decided to drag Daryl for an adventure out of the house yesterday. His truck has been shut down for a little over a month now, and the cabin fever that he is not used to having was taking a visible toll on him.
We didn’t do anything spectacular, like ice climbing or bear watching. For that matter, no fishing was involved either, unfortunately. FYI- You will never find me ice climbing. I will however, get pictures of those that do!
What we did do was just enjoy a spur of the moment short drive to Chitina, and each others company.
Jack didn’t complain either.
As we made it out of Kenny Lake and into the Chitina area, the winds started to pick up, but that’s nothing new, ha-ha. We knew the chance of rain was high when we left the house, but that is just part of it.
This is the time of year when everything is coming to life. Springtime in Alaska always seems to stall for a bit, and then all of a sudden, everything will be in full bloom.
Below is one view of the Copper River from the side of the road.
It’s strange to not have a lot of traffic this time of year. May is usually the month when the RV’s start trickling in, the highways are full, and you can spot license plates from all over. It seems as though for many, the travel plans for an Alaskan Adventure has been put on hold for a little bit.
What we have here is more like winter traffic, only it’s spring and you can see the double yellow.
Chitina is a cool little town. We have liked it ever since we moved here. There is a lot of history here that we will cover in a later post once everything is open again.
For now, we will just share some pictures with you guys!
We turned off to head towards O’Briens and stopped here at the lake for a couple of minutes. We were laughing and talking about the bear that had popped his head out of the trees last time we were down here. He had seen us and disappeared back into the trees as fast as he had come out, but the look on his face is what makes it so humorous.
We hopped back in the truck and went on down the narrow road. It is one of those times that I was grateful that there were only a few of us out. The stretch of the road right before you get to the creek is narrow with a rock wall on one side and a steep drop off to the other. You don’t have much room to move over and let someone else squeeze by.
Daryl got this video while trying to keep his balance on the rocks. If you look close into the distance, you can see the color change. This is where O’Brien Creek meets the Copper River meets the river.
In about a week, the Dipnetting season opens for Alaskan residents, and this place will be hopping with both locals and people from other parts of Alaska. The fish wheels will also be turning!
Last summer, planks were removed and replaced on the Kuskulana River bridge. We decided to go on down the road a little further to see if the pile of planks were still there. We didn’t think they would be, but we decided to go check anyway.
Sure enough, only the bad stuff was left that had not been picked through over the winter, but it was worth checking into!
Kuskulana River Bridge
This is one of the coolest bridges that I have ever been on. It scared me to death the first time we went over it our first year here.
The Kuskulana Bridge was built back in 1910. It was formerly a railroad bridge. This bridge is 525 feet long and 238 feet above the river.
Back to Downtown Chitina
We needed to head back home at this point. I looked at the time and realized that supper was close to being done in the slow cooker at the house.
Of course, we had to stop a couple more times. It’s just what we do!
I want to do a complete history of this entire area, and as I said at the beginning of this, as soon as everything is opened up again I am going to start from where we are and work my way out further.
This place was one of the first built in Chitina during the copper boom of the early 20th century. The last owners used it as an art gallery, Spirit Mountain Artworks, featuring around 100 artists from all over Alaska.
Today this place has a for sale sign in the window.
Well folks, that sums up this quick trip. We had to boogie home for supper!
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