Discovering the “Alps of Oregon ” prt. 2 – Wallowa County, OR

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This is the second of a 2-part series covering our fabulous week in Wallowa County, OR.  You can check out part 1 here.

Day 4- Mountain High on the Wallowa Lake Tram

During our six+ years of travel, we’ve always tried to partake in activities that give us a unique perspective on the area we’re visiting.  One of those activities is riding trams to mountaintops where we can experience the majesty of the surrounding area.  We had an opportunity to do just that here in Joseph, as we rode the Wallowa Lake Tramway up to the 8,000′ peak of Mt. Howard.  It was a fourteen-minute trip up in what the operators claim is the steepest four-person gondola ride in North America. Continue reading

Lazy Days at Tolsona Wilderness -Glennallen

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Continuing east we headed out to the town of Glenn Allen, 187 miles from Anchorage. The drive along the Glenn Highway designated as a National Scenic Byway  is one of Alaska’s most beautiful, traversing a broad tundra and because of that we are reminded once again of frost heaves, damaged roads, dips… The road winds through gorgeous mountain ranges with spectacular scary drop offs. One of the most breathtaking sight is another glacier, the Matanuska Glacier. We even had a glimpse of the Wrangell Mountains as we arrived in Glenallen.

Glenn Highway

Wildflowers along the Glenn Highway

Chugach mountain ranges

Snack break facing the Chugach mountain ranges

Sheep Mountain,AK

Sheep Mountain

Matanuska Glacier

Glimpse of Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Rive

Matanuska River flows through the valleys

We spent our days at Tolsona wilderness catching our breath and taking a break  from all the fun activities that we had. This is our 47th day since we arrived in Alaska and time is moving so fast.  We played scrabble and had a camp fire for the first time in a long while.  We were able to finally enjoy the sun, which made its rare appearance once again.

Wrangell Mountains

Plaque about Wrangell Mountains

Mt Sanford on the left and Mt Drum on the right

Mt Sanford on the left and Mt Drum on the right

Mt Drum

Mt Drum as seen from the highway