Wrangelling Over Our Itinerary
Alaska Adventure, Days 3 & 4: Wrangell, AK
When we were planning our Alaska itinerary, we had to be a bit less flexible than we typically like to be, especially in the southeast, because of the modes of transportation available. Towns in this area are located on islands, and there are no bridges between them. The only means for getting from one to another—unless you're on a cruise—is by air or the inter-island ferry. Since the ferry wasn't offering daily service and our schedule didn't mesh with its route plan, we were left with Alaska Airlines. Of necessity, each of the small towns in the southeast area has several daily flights in and out.
|Wrangell's cozy airport|
|Wrangell's main street|
Upon our inquiry, the agent informed us kindly that no, we were not permitted to drive this pristine vehicle on forest service roads, leaving us a total of about 15 miles on the island where we could explore. Our temptation to tour the unpaved roads anyway was restrained by the agent's story of sending a tow truck on multiple occasions to rescue cars with not one but two tires flattened by the extreme conditions on the forest roads.
By the time we loaded our bags into what we were assured was the only car available, we were both hungry but decided to make the tourist information center our first stop before seeking lunch. Now that Anan was off the table, we had questions about what else we could see and do, and the TI was the place to find answers. Or so we thought.
|Wrangell Museum in the Nolan Center|
|Nobody home at the museum|
Frustrated and hungrier yet, we consulted Yelp to find a local place for lunch. After Yelp basically shrugged, we settled on Diamond C and soon wished we hadn't. The vast majority of the offerings were fried, but there was a veggie burger on the menu. When I learned upon inquiry that the "special sauce" which made the burger so appealing (according to the server) was made in house with mayo, catsup and pickle relish, I asked for the burger plain. Apparently the person preparing this gourmet concoction considered my request the height of bad judgment and generously slathered on the sauce anyway.
From lunch, we drove to the Alaska Sourdough Inn and checked in before going to City Market, one of two local grocers. As the only guests on site at the inn, we were treated to the oversized Harding River Suite with its gigantic bathroom complete with a four-person jacuzzi tub. To ensure we didn't accidentally take our room keys with us or lose them in the Clarence Strait, each key was equipped with a fishing bobber. Bobbers bulging in our pockets, we sought out the grocery store and stocked up on enough food to keep us out of Diamond C and its compatriots for another four meals.
|Up the Mount Dewey Trail|
|Warning: Letterbox hidden under top step|
|View from top of Mount Dewey|
|Clan house on Shakes Island|
|Shoemaker Bay Harbor|
|Heading south on the Zimovia Highway|
|Our persistent little guide|
Regretting that we missed Sitka, we will depart from Wrangell tomorrow on an Alaska Airlines flight through Petersburg to Juneau.
WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER & THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER, 2016
More Photos from Wrangell
|Float planes at the downtown harbor looked like toys.|
|Got potholes? At the parking lot for the Shoemaker Bay Harbor...yes!|
|View from the ferry terminal where we found the long lost letterbox|