When coming from a city the rest of Alaska sometimes refers to as “Los Anchorage,” stepping onto the lawn of the Alaska Halfway House Bed and Breakfast was like finally exhaling after holding your breath way too long. The peace and beauty of this place washed over me immediately, and the kindness and hospitality of the owners added to that.
And here's the deal: this lovely B&B is for sale at a fantastic price! Since I loved it so much but can't buy it myself, I want to share the info. You could make this property your dream off-the-grid home or vacation home, right in the middle of America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias! Feel free to share this info with anyone you think might be interested. You can see the real estate flyer here.
Visitors cannot drive into McCarthy or Kennecott. Everyone parks on one side of a footbridge, and after you’ve crossed the Kennecott River, you can either hike a mile to McCarthy (pictured below) or five miles to Kennecott, or you can pay to take a shuttle. McCarthy is a quirky "end-of-the-road" town with a colorful history. I would love to come back and spend a little time looking around. Just a few main buildings make up the "downtown," and between Kennecott and McCarthy, only about twenty people actually live there year-round.
We had a great two-and-a-half-mile hike down to the “toe” of the glacier. The mosquitos enjoyed our company a little too much, but this is Alaska! The weather was really warm that day, so I was sweating but didn’t want to take my hoodie off completely and have my arms exposed to the bugs.
The trail was well kept and not too difficult. People of all age groups were hiking. We crossed a few beautiful creeks and saw interesting vegetation we don’t normally see. The most interesting plant was called Dryas, pictured, which is one of the first plants to spring up in an area where a glacier has receded. You can read a short, fascinating article about “plant succession” here. The locals call these Little Einsteins because they look like they have crazy white hair when they open up!