Spring is in the air, with contractors for the U.S. Forest Service and a crew from the Alaska Department of Transportation are taking advantage of unusually dry weather to push ahead on projects near Eyak Lake.
On March 27 of every year, I pause to ponder the impact of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake on the Copper River Delta. Prior to the 9-foot uplift caused by that 9.2 magnitude event, much of the Delta was a broad intertidal plain.
How many chairlifts would you guess there are in the United States? Well, Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wyoming, recently completed a 22-year quest to ride, photograph, and document every one of them. While discovering the magic number was 2,381, the one he tagged as most challenging to document is right out our backdoor.
At the end of Part II of this saga, we had made it back to the Alaganik landing from our cabin at Pete Dahl, only to discover the Copper River Highway had washed out near the Sheridan River Bridge. There were no cell phones in 1966, so we were stranded and out of touch.
In September 1966, with abundant sunshine and a brushless Copper River Delta in the background, my wife-to-be Sue was all smiles after a two-hour cruise/hike to our duck cabin at Pete Dahl. Photo courtesy of Dick Shellhorn
The Alaganik Landing road was built shortly after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake to provide tidal access to Alaganik Slough, which was now 9-feet shallower due to the uplift caused by that major geological event.
The U.S. Forest Service is planning major improvements for the Eyak River Boating site, which is located on the east banks of the Eyak River near Milepost 6 of the Copper River Highway.
Sitting on a flat bed at the local Alaska Marine Land yard is a massive reel containing 7,000 feet of Fatzer rope that weighs over six tons. It’s long journey to Cordova began all the way back in Switzerland, with it eventually arriving in the Port of Tacoma before being shipped here via AML.
Dick Shellhorn is used to holiday travel misadventures, but he is happy to report his grandkids made it to Cordova safely for the holidays. This year he marked the holiday with his grandchildren with the tale of three Christmas trees.
Dick Shellhorn wishes readers a Merry Christmas with tales of searching for the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas tree in this week's Cordova Chronicles.