The sun was not shining when I hit the trail this past Monday. During the coarse of my hike it sleeted, it snowed, and it rained! As I reached the last leg of my journey, the sun appeared lighting the path in front of me. Back in the Tahoe, I mused at the variety of weather I’d experienced on my short hike; I’d only been on the trail about an hour. Then, while driving home, it was almost as if as if God smiled at my musings, because he saved the best for last!
….we celebrate!!! Cordova is surrounded by the Chugach National Forrest, a temperate rain forrest, where precipitation in various forms is the norm throughout the year. When the sun graces us with its presence we Cordovans head out doors regardless the season or the temperature. Last Sunday the air was crisp and clear so we broke out the bikes and hit the road.
I am a frequent hiker on McKinley Lake trail; its path meanders for 2.8 miles through the Chugach National forrest and eventually passes by McKinley Lake, a fairly large glacial lake which lies beneath the trail. A rustic forestry service cabin sits by the lake near the end of the trail. The McKinley Lake Mine awaits you just 3/10 of a mile beyond the cabin. Gold was discovered there in 1898 capturing the hearts and minds of many Alaska residents. The rail below will lead you to the mine and back into the past; won’t you join me there?
I had imagined that I’d find the entry to the old mine there, but the doorway to the gold is long hidden, buried beneath the ground. Or, maybe it is there somewhere, farther beyond the end of the trail and only accessible to the creatures of the forrest and to those not bound to trails!