Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Down the Glenn Highway

We planned to stop at Tolsona Wilderness Campground, which is about 14 miles before the town of Glennallen. We will just stay one night before heading to Valdez. What a great drive there going back up the Sterling Highway and then east on the Glenn Highway. Almost all the highways are scenic byways as the views are so incredible.

As we leave the Sterling Highway at Palmer and turn onto the Glenn Highway, the road begins to wind through a mountain pass and climbs toward the Copper River Valley. As we get higher, the roads are very windy with drop offs. Not as bad as the highway on the northern California coast, but lots of wows at every turn.

We stop at a view stop that overlooks the Matanuska Glacier. It is 27 miles long and 2 to 4 miles wide. Big and Blue.

We arrived at the campground. I had read about this campground on someone's blog and then in the Church's Alaska Camping book. It is a commercial campground with electric and water but looks like a government one. All of the sites are on the Tolsona Creek. What an idyllic spot. We could have easily spent a week here. We were luck to have some nice sunny weather and enjoyed just sitting outside reading and listening to the sound of the water rush by.

Tomorrow we head to Valdez.

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