Day 341: The Tire Toss

This morning we left Anchorage and drove along the Turnagain Arm.  The views were stunning:

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We arrived at Portage Lake and took in the view from the parking lot of the visitor center:

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The kids got to work on their Junior Ranger workbooks:

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The visitor center had a solarium from which the lake could be viewed:

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Having completed their workbooks, we stepped outside to view icebergs that had calved off of Portage Glacier on the far side of the the lake and floated down to this end:

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This area has several hanging glaciers:

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A tourist ferry (lower left) is dwarfed by the massive glacier in the background:

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Another hanging glacier:

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We stopped at a viewing area for salmon swimming upstream to spawn, but we’re a few weeks early, so there was nothing to see:

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Continuing South around the South side of Turnagain Arm, we passed a dead forest of trees whose roots were drowned by salt water when this area dropped 10 feet during the great Alaska earthquake:

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Amazing roadside views:

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After exiting the Seward Highway and getting onto the Sterling Highway, we drove for a few miles below I heard a small explosion sound.  Pulling over, we discovered that our wheel had sheared off the lug nuts and rolled away:

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A wheel can’t be lost at 55MPH without doing some body damage on its way out:

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While I called around to find a replacement hub, Trish went back up the road a ways and eventually found our lost wheel:

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The tire had been cut by the frame of the RV when it departed, and the lug holes were no longer round, so I drove the truck the hour or so to Soldotna to buy a new hub and wheel and tire:

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Returning to the RV a few hours later, I mounted the new hub on the axle spindle, and mounted the new wheel to the hub:

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The wheel wasn’t spinning very well, but at least we were rolling!  We drove up the road a couple miles to the first turnout we found to overnight there.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 340: Stymied by a Moose
Day 342: Red Salmon on the Kenai River

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