The view out the window looked like this.
The Knik River on a dark, snowy day looked like this.
After stopping briefly in Palmer to get snacks and coffee...
By the way, don't ever get coffee at the Fred Meyer in Palmer. Go somewhere else. Worst coffee barring Alcan coffee that I've ever had. We survived and escaped with our lives.
...we pulled over at the Matanuska River overlook, seen more clearly on a sunny day in my Matanuska River post. The river was frozen solid, and a ground blizzard was blowing the snow across the river in sheets. The ground blizzard also obscurred the road, and snow continued to fall from heavy clouds.
I was fascinated by the frozen river, which was often covered with blowing snow and snow dunelets, and which occasionally had a visible channel of running water. The ice was often a light turquoise color, reminding me of glacial ice. Photo taken near Sutton.
Another shot of the frozen Matanuska River: turquoise ice and white snow. Photo taken near the confluence of the Kings River with the Matanuska.
While coming into Chickaloon, we saw a spot of sun - exactly one small spot through otherwise dense, dark clouds. The sun lasted for a couple minutes, then went back to hiding until late in the day.
The road beyond Chickaloon was white. This is one of the clearer moments. I thought we might have to turn around, so I took random pictures of white nothing in the distance, prepared to say the pictures were of a white glacier in snow. We went on. I was riding with Real Alaskans.
Long Lake in the snow, with a homey-looking cabin on one side. At the next lake up, Wiener Lake, we saw an ice fishing shack, and on the way back, we saw some ice fishing in progress. Great day for it, I hear.
After about two and a half hours of sideways snow, ground blizzards, and whiteouts, we arrived at our destination, the Long Rifle Lodge. We proceeded into the lodge for warmth and a good lunch.
|Matanuska River photo locations|