August 10, 2007 – Travel to Hope

In our travels today, we crossed the Kenai Mountains and stopped at Summit Lake – what a view:
We arrived at the end of the road again and are staying at the Porcupine Campground – part of the Chugach National Forest. Here is our site (can you believe $5.50 and night):

The view behind our motorhome:

The white on Andy’s head is our nets – the black flies are terrible but they do disappear after the sun goes behind the mountains (around 7 PM) – Sunset is not until around 10:30 PM.

When we pulled into the campground a black bear crossed the road in front of us (too fast for pictures – sorry!). We found out later that he is the resident black bear and just loves the berries that are nearby.

After we set up we went to the small town of Hope. To us, this is exactly what we pictured an old Alaskan town. Actually this town reminds me more of Northern Exposure than any other town we have seen.

Some of the buildings:

We spent some time in the museum. It was a really neat place and we met the campground hosts who volunteer there. What a nice chat.

We had lunch at the Seaview Café and Bar. This is one of the original buildings in the town (over 100 years old) and has survived the weather and the earthquake. It is on the right in this picture.

Hope sits at the intersection of Resurrection Creek (lots of fishing) and Turnagain Arm (lots of mudflats and great tides). We drove around for a good place to view the bore tide that is to happen tomorrow (see tomorrow’s blog).

A view of Turnagain Arm;

On the lower part of the mountain is the Seward Highway that we took a few weeks again.

And another great campfire night!!!

I will leave you with a picture of Andy’s new girlfriend - :-)

Miles Traveled: 53
Routes Traveled:
Alaska: AK-1 (Sterling Highway); AK-9 (Seward Highway); Hope Highway

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