All day we kept seeing these large helicopters and Osprey aircraft. Sometimes one at a time and sometimes in groups. There was a reason for all this activity. Remember what happened in Alaska around September 1? I'll leave the answer to a later blog post.
Once we stoppped for lunch in Sarah Palin's home town of Wasilla and negotiated traffic in Anchorage, we made our way to Turnagain (turn-again) Arm. How did that body of water get that strange name?
Turnagain Arm is one of two waterways that branch off Cooks Inlet. James Cook sailed into it while searching for the Northwest Passage. The inlet was named after Cook in 1794 by George Vancouver, who had served under Cook in 1778. Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Cook's Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, the aim of which was discovery of the Northwest Passage.
Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name "Turn Again".
James Cook, William Bligh, HMS Bounty. Wow, all that High School History is coming back to me.
On the other side of Turnagain Arm is the old mining town of Hope Alaska. "Hope City" was a mining camp, established in 1896. Portions of the town were destroyed in the 1964 Good Friday earthquake.
|The Seaview Cafe|
|And The Seaview BAR|
We wandered around the town but didn't find much to see. If you go, save the miles and skip the drive to Hope.
|View from back of the cabin|