Another mid-July adventure for us was a trip up to the area known as Hatcher’s Pass in the Mat-Su Valley. Up in the hills, there’s the remnants of a gold mining operation known as Independence Mine. The day we went was not especially cold, but being that high up made for a chilly visit when the sun decided to play peek-a-boo behind the clouds.
There is a parking fee as the area is part of the state park system. Stopping at the area accepting payment, you could see the old Independence mine in the distance.
While P thought we should park in that lot and hike up, we opted to drive to the closer parking lot. Somehow hiking a distance uphill with a one year old was not my idea of fun. As it was, he was feeling quite independent and wanting to run about. But, we kept him in arms reach with the help of a child ‘leash.’
Some structures remain, while others are mere shells of their former selves.
P and R were a little disappointed that we couldn’t go hiking throughout the entire area. However, we reached our limit when J decided to try flinging himself into the moving stream.
With this location under an hour from the house, I suspect we’ll be visiting again. Maybe next summer J will be more cooperative and allow for the exploration the older boys wanted.
PS ~ I combined my cell phone pictures with Mr. O’s fancy-shmantsy camera photos. So, no, your eyes are not gone wacky if you noticed a difference!