the road to mccarthy

This past Labor Day weekend, we set off from Anchorage to visit two of Alaska's famed ghost towns, McCarthy and Kennecott, in Wrangell St-Elias National Park.   For non-natives of the 49th state, a 7 hr drive is nothing to be sneezed at - we would take Alaska Route 1 north (Glenn Highway) towards Glennallen, followed by the Richardson and Edgerton Highways to Chitina, before negotiating the last 60 miles along infamous McCarthy Road, an un-paved road we were warned could take 2 hours in itself, to our destination.  The drive, while long, was not as grueling as we had anticipated, and rather delivered paramount views of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Copper River that are second to none.