July 22, 2009
Still raining… we left Seward and retraced our route back up the Seward Highway to Anchorage and picked up the Glenn Highway to Palmer. As it was raining and overcast we did not see any more going back up the Seward Highway than we saw coming down. We got to Palmer around noon and are camping at the Matanuska-River Park. This is a Borough park (like a county park) and is really nice – grassy and trees.
Palmer is in the Matanuska Valley, which is an agricultural area, and is very lush and green. We drove up Hatcher Pass Road to the Independence Mine State Historical Park. It was a beautiful drive up a very green valley with lots of wild flowers. The Independence Mine was a gold mine that operated from 1938 through 1941. Some of the buildings are nicely restored and some are not.
We saw some wildlife along the way but he ignored us – Rex whistled at him and he didn’t move until we drove on.