Thursday, July 15, 2010

Skies and other sights along the Richardson Highway over Thompson Pass

The Milepost told us that this lake is used in the winter time for races when the ice is thick and solid.  The racers are in teams, one drives a snowmobile and the other skis behind and they get going up to 80 or 90 mph!  There is no limit to man's creativity for winter entertainment in Alaska.

It was just beginning to melt when we arrived during the first week of June.

Here's a little frontier-style church that is currently in use.

The door is decorated with this beautiful stained glass peacock.  The interior is very rustic.

The great thing about heading south was driving out of the smoke and heat of the interior and getting back to where it was cooler in temperatures.

The mountains were still covered in snow.

We stopped to visit Washington Glacier but the path was not clear, it was still covered in snow as well.  Plus it was really cold.  Not to mention we had already seen many glaciers.

There was a fox just outside of the parking lot who managed to catch lunch.

Thompson Pass (2678' elevation) was socked in with clouds.

Looks cold, doesn't it?

Like winter in June, but oh so spectacular.  We agreed with everyone who told us that we should see Thompson Pass, it's breathtaking.

We had planned on camping in the Blueberry Lake Campground, but guess what?  The road was covered in snow so we had to resort to plan B, continue on in to Valdez (pronounced Val-deez).

Sky Watch Friday is filled with fascinating skies from around the world.  Go see what's there!


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow-----I'm going to put Thompson Pass on my list of things we have to see! Looks like winter is still there!!!!!

Interesting little church.... I've seen stained glass windows before but never a peacock!!!!

People who live in Alaska love it there --even in winter... I love winter also--but I'd probably freeze to death up there.


Barb said...

Loran - You've shown us some spectacular sights! That fox was just waiting for you to snap his pic.

George said...

The scenery is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Indrani said...

Wow! Fantastic captures of wild life.

Gaelyn said...

I'm still loving everything about this trip. Thompson Pass looks cool, which would feel pretty good right now, but not for long. The fox shot is awesome. What had it found for lunch?

Lorac said...

This looks like a great trip and oneI have wanted to do for a long time! Maybe in the future. That is a well fed looking fox. Sure is plump! The mountains are stunning.

Michele J said...

Beautiful photos. I miss the snow and am looking forward to its return to the rocky mountains. I love the shot of the fox with the dinner.

Jenn Jilks said...

Fabulous shots. Thank you for sharing them. Thank you for visiting my sky !

Larry D said...

Super series, happy SWF!

Janie said...

I love the little church. And the fox photos are great!
Hope you were warmer than you look in that photo.