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
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.
Wildflowers along the Glenn Highway
Snack break facing the Chugach mountain ranges
Glimpse of Matanuska Glacier
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.
Enjoying the fire and the sun
Black Spruce Taiga, stunted growth due to perma frost
River View site
Plaque about Wrangell Mountains
Mt Sanford on the left and Mt Drum on the right
Mt Drum as seen from the highway