Views of the Alaska Range from Donnelly — at Donnelly Creek State Rec Site.
Photo Courtesy Tracey Porreca
Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier in Alaska. At 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. Its terminus feeds the Matanuska River. It lies near the Glenn Highway about 100 miles (160 km) north-east of Anchorage. Matanuska Glacier flows about 1 foot (30 cm) per day. Photo Courtesy Tracey Porreca (Birch Leaf Photography)
This was taken looking southwest. The Black Rapids Glacier terminus is in the lower center where the two mountains come together.
Taken March 14, 2016 at 11:26pm. Photo Courtesy Birch Leaf Photography
Weather was sunny and warm as volunteers met on Saturday, August 8, 2015 to weatherize the Sullivan Roadhouse main structure. Signs, posts, and benches were also on the list to receive a facelift as volunteers met, coffee mugs in hand and donuts at the ready.
Cans of log oil, brushes and ladders could be seen sprinkled amongst the flowers and vegetable gardens which are maintained by a small but dedicated group of volunteers from the Delta Junction area. As visitors, both local and out of state, mingled about the grounds, work continued throughout the day.
The Sullivan Roadhouse, which once sat farther north and west of its current location, was moved in 1996 by the U.S. Army as part of the Legacy Fund. Moved log-by-log utilizing Chinook helicopters, its ownership and care were assumed by the Delta Chamber of Commerce.
New logs were fashioned to replace rotted ones from the original site, but the roadhouse in its entirety was re-erected at its current location. Time and money did not allow for the logs to be chinked immediately upon its resurrection, and there is still some discussion as to when the roadhouse received its last coat of protective oil. It was agreed it had been at least 10 years, and was sorely needed.
A generous grant from Boeing allowed for Saturday’s work, and the Sullivan Roadhouse volunteers and the Delta Chamber of Commerce are grateful for the support of funds which allowed this rehabilitation to occur.
The Sullivan Roadhouse again has that deep chestnut color it once had when new. Thanks to the volunteers, Boeing, and the Delta Chamber for all their hard work. Make sure to stop by and enjoy this local treasure, preserved once again for years to come.
Article and photo by Tracey Porreca