Rising Water too Dangerous to Cross

Continued…. The final day of our stay at Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994, we packed up our gear and loaded the ATV’s for the 20 mile drive back to our trailer and van at Strelna Creek.  Nugget Creek was flowing high and fast, we watched and waited but saw […]

Finding Mt. Blackburn

Continued….. More from my journal notes from a trip to a cabin near Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994. Every day we drove to a spot along the trail where we were pretty sure we could view Mt. Blackburn, the highest peak in the Wrangell mountains.  I remember seeing a […]

Abandoned Mine

Continued….. While on a trip to Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in 1994, we found the ruins of an old copper mine on the hillside not far from our cabin.  Prospectors began searching the Kuskulana River region during 1899, and mined the Nugget Creek property for nearly a decade with little positive […]

Exploring Kuskulana Glacier Moraine and River

Continued….. Our 1994 trip to Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area.  We motored our ATV’s along the gravel bars of the Kuskulana River and headed east toward the head waters and the terminus of the Kuskulana Glacier.  Every day during our stay it rained, […]

Exploring Nugget Creek Alaska

Continued……. Excepts from my journal of a trip in 1994 to a remote cabin above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  We settled into an interesting schedule during our five days at the cabin, exploring the area on our ATV’s, scoping the river and canyon walls with binoculars to observe wild game, […]

An Immaculate, Functional Cabin

Continued…… From my journal of a 1994 trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, to a private cabin deep in the remote wilderness above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell mountains.  The minute we unlocked the cabin door and peered inside we were again struck dumb and unable to speak.  Not only was the location […]

Location with a View

“The Woodshed” ink drawing 4.5″ x 6″ ©Gail Niebrugge, collection of the artist. Continued…… The continuing story from my 1994 journal/sketch book of our trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, to a cabin above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell Mountains.  The woodshed/outhouse duo was tucked against the canyon wall about 30′ before the […]

Spectacular Cabin Location

Continued……. We continued riding our ATV’s up the ridge that followed Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on a 1994 research trip, searching for the trail that led to the private cabin where we planned to stay.  A sparsely traveled track appeared to the left leading to a steep sided peninsula jutting into […]

Riding the Trail to Nugget Creek

Continued…….. Fortunately we packed a tow strap and some tools on our trip up Nugget Creek trail in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994.  With Bob’s ATV hopelessly stuck, we dug the mud at the high center and shoved branches under the wheels rocking the rig back and forth to gain traction.  Using […]

Trail to Nugget Creek

One memorable research trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, began late August 1994 when we towed our two ATV’s through the tiny town of Chitina and followed the McCarthy road about 10 miles to Strelna.  Here a narrow dirt road, the Kotsina, forked to the north leading to the Nugget Creek trailhead at […]

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