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 are 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.
Visiting Independence Mine in Alaska
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.’
A Glimpse of Gold Mining Past
Inside the building, you will find educational displays about mining.
Observing Remnants of Past Mining Life
Some structures remain, while others are mere shells of their former selves.
The older boys were a little disappointed that we couldn’t go hiking throughout the entire area. However, we reached our limit when our youngest son 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!
Other Alaska Travel Posts You May Like
Our family has been blessed to spend years up in Alaska. While we have not seen as much as we like, there are many places we’ve visited and shared about here on Day by Day in Our World. Here are some of our favorite Alaska themed posts.
A Walk Around Talkeetna Alaska (with links to other Talkeetna, Alaska posts)
Exploring Gold Mint Trail at Hatcher’s Pass (just a few miles from Independence Mine)
Visiting Alaska’s Interior at the Tolsona Wilderness Campground
Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska!
Alaska Native Heritage Center visit, Part 2 (with links to 2 other posts from that location)
Revisiting the Wildlife Refuge in Portage
This post was originally published on Sep 15, 2011. It has since been updated.