June 15, Thursday
Raining and grey all day – it was a bust for hiking . . . . or we just need to change our attitude! After all, we are in Alaska and this is what we fully expected – and there is a certain beauty in the mist and the drizzle and grey clouds, grey sea, and grey sky!
We did drive the town again (it was just as small this time around) but we drove out the other side to the Petroglyph Beach. These ancient carving are very much a mystery but are generally thought of as 1,000 years old, but man was present in this area 8,000 years ago . . . There are replica carvings up on a viewing platform for making rubbings, and there are natural Petroglyphs on the rock-strewn beach.
Next we landed at the City Market to fill up on groceries and supplies. Yesterday on our tour, when we saw a container ship making its way to Wrangell, Brenda remarked: “Here come next month’s groceries!” We were pleasantly surprised to have a nice selection of fresh fruits/vegetables, meats, and bakery items, as well as all the staples we needed. At the little soup/salad counter, we dished up two bowls of soup to take back to the Silvermine for Lunch.
At 1:00 we made a bee-line for the Library to find a hotspot to work on the blog. This is the first time that my personal hot-spot on the phone has not worked well. We really enjoyed the quiet activity in the library, which seemed to be a hub for local parents and children.
Tomorrow we have vowed to put on the rain gear, get out the maps, and hit the trails regardless of the weather.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown