Photo Friday: Along the Copper River Highway

We are visiting Cordova, Alaska, a fishing village tucked into the southeastern corner of Prince William Sound, best known for the infamous and transformative Exxon-Valdez oil spill of March 1989. We took the Copper River Highway out to the delta of the Copper River, said to be the largest contiguous wetland of the Pacific Coast of North America.

View of Sherman Glacier from Copper River Highway (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

View of Sheridan Glacier and a beaver lodge, captured along the Copper River Highway (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

Yes, it was huge, and we only got as far as the Alaganik Slough region… mainly because back in 2012 a flood wiped out a key bridge, at mile 39. This is disappointing, because the road once went as far as the leading edge of Childs Glacier, one of the few one could reach by car. But we saw three glaciers from the highway: Scott, Sheridan, and Sherman (named after civil war generals, it seems).

 

A map of the Copper River Highway (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

Scott Glacier, Copper River Highway, Alaska (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

One of us caught a 16-pound silver salmon, quite late in the season. And we saw a young black bear and a young bull moose.

Roger Locandro, husband of Bonnie McKay, after catching a Silver Salmon late in the season (Source: Bonnie McKay).
Bonnie McKay fishes at the Alagonik Slough Pond (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

Alaganik Slough Pond, Alaska (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

All of that in our first two days in Cordova. The rest of the time it rained, but then this is a northern temperate rainforest.

A bull moose was spotted along the Copper River Highway (Source: Bonnie McKay).

 

Black bears also call the Alaganik Slough region home (Source: Bonnie McKay).