It was N I C E and even though chilly like a California winter, the laid back nature of the people around the Kenai and the incredibly beautiful landscapes and so few people and the plethora of food gathering opportunities made it so tempting just to forget about my job and not go back.
We started off in Anchorage after camping at Centennial Park campground. Not bad if you don't want to leave the city, but I wouldn't recommend it alone. It's creepy and apparently some scumbag teens beat a homeless man to death there about a month ago.
Anyway, we headed up the Seward Highway to the Glenn Highway where we headed east. It was a stormy day, so we didn't get much in the way of views.
Wrangell-St. Elias visitor's center. Very nice displays in 3-4 different buildings.
We arrived in Chitina late that afternoon and because it wasn't going to take that long to hike to where we would camp - and plenty of daylight left - we drove across the Copper River bridge towards McCarthy and turned off at the confluence where the Chitina River joins the Copper. Here's where the subsistence fisheries are.
Unfortunately, our salmon fishing wasn't a success. That night we had salmon for dinner, but that was the only one Tim caught. They just weren't running. Everyone else seemed to have the same problem. Except for this one woman who was chartered in across the river from where Tim ended up fishing at. She caught 17 - or so she said; you know how fishermen tell tales ;) She's a resident, so for her household she's allowed 25 or 30.
Next update I'll share more pics of the Copper River views.