August 14-15, 2018

Salmon Glacier is the largest road-accessible glacier in the world. The road to the glacier is 17 miles long and is mostly dirt, but the vistas it affords were so spectacular, we drove it twice. We crossed the Alaska-British Columbia border four times each way.

SO many beautiful scenes–we just kept taking pictures. Here’s Dave with fireweed and spruce.

Rocks along the road reminded us that the area was home to gold, silver, and copper mining.  One mine operated steadily from 1910 to 1953 and then sporadically after 1953.  Open-pit mining began in 1988.  Today, workers fly in from as far away as Newfoundland for three-week shifts.

We were impressed by the mineralization (the white stripes) in the rocks.

We think the bright colors in the soil are a mining by-product.

Following the Salmon River toward the Glacier

Walk-through entrance to a mine passage

Abandoned mining equipment

The open-pit mine

The drive-through entrance into the mine passage shows how small the door is.

A broader view of the mine area

Marmot at the side of the road

The Salmon River flows through the valley.

Summit Lake

Looking toward the ice field

Dave is getting closer to the glacier for a photo.

Stunning vistas were provided by the movement of clouds and sun.

Clouds in front of and behind a mountain

Clouds drifting between mountains

We loved the contrast of bright clouds with the mountains and foreground.

Every time we turned, the vista looked new.

Ice field

Zooming in on the glacier shows its rough surface.

In this photo, the glacier looks smooth–except for those big cracks.

Speaking of big cracks, crevasses like these form when the center of the glacier moves faster than the outer sections.

This detail of the glacier looks like mountain peaks.

The spruces were quite near to us and made an interesting contrast with the glacier behind.

The salmon were spawning in the river.  Once again, we were impressed by the difficulty of their journey.

Categories: Travel


Jay Waters · April 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

Good to see you guys up and rolling again. Take care, enjoy the ride and stay safe.

Laura Lanou · April 8, 2019 at 6:50 am

Spectacular! Are you still in AZ? And where to next?

    Jane Appel · April 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    We are still in Arizona but have moved to Yuma for a Freightliner (chassis) rally. We’ll head out 4/13 and make our way up the east side of California. We’re trying to imagine what the Mohave Desert and Death Valley will be like–it’s 99 today in Yuma! We’ll keep you posted.

Susan · April 10, 2019 at 1:30 am

I love the photos of the mountains and glaciers. I very much enjoyed seeing the snowy mountains just on the outskirts of Shangri-La

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