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Glaciers and Goldmines

After breakfast, we headed to Anchorage. This is the midpoint in our trip. En route to Anchorage, we took a narrated cruise to Portage Glacier. We cruised passed waterfalls and icebergs on the way to an up close & personal view of the four and one half mile long glacier. We were cruising on a 600 foot deep lake created within the last 100 years, as the glacier has melted. Then, we headed for the historic Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood. As we drove into Girdwood, surprise, this is the weekend of the 41st annual "Forest Fair." The town was overrun with visitors to enjoy Alaska artists, hand crafts, exotic food & family entertainment. We traveled the gravel, two lane road through the forest to the mine and picked wild berries along the road. Yum! The Crow Creek gold mine was established in 1898 and the mining community has been preserved. Great photos-buildings, rare mining equipment, gorgeous flowers, gold panning and claims that are still producing gold.