June 9, 2015, Wrangell- Baron Ferdinand’s little town has grown in my heart, already. The little family with whom I have been staying is engaging and solicitous. The community of Baha’i friends, likewise, has spared no warmth and consideration. That there is amazing scenery around every corner in southeast Alaska doesn’t hurt, either.
I spent the day alternating between hikes and community get-togethers. The morning began with a walk up to Rainbow Falls, a delectable slice of Tongass National Forest, four miles south of Wrangell.
The trail is .6 miles long, and features about 200 steps, mostly on a planked trail. Wrangell planks its trails, so as to avoid people having to hike in the mud.
The Tongass is Alaska’s primary temperate canopied rain forest.
After hiking down, I went downtown and purchased a freshly-made raspberry rhubarb pie, all the better to treat my host family, whilst helping another Baha’i family in its fundraiser for their daughter’s Homecoming Queen candidacy. Of course, the proceeds would help her with higher education expenses, after high school, as well. It looks like the pies, and their slices, were selling as fast as they were being delivered.
Following a brief after-lunch rest, I took in Wrangell’s Nolan Museum, devoted to island history, geology and artifacts.
This is a Tlingit orca mask.
I couldn’t decide whether this quartz crystal resembled a Sphinx, or Yoda.
Petroglyph Beach, north of Wrangell, was my last nature excursion of the day.
This smooth slate has not, as yet, drawn a lot of attention.
I’m told that much of the rock art is on this area, and is only reachable at low tide.
True to form, i found a heart waiting for me, on Petroglyph Beach.
In the evening, I attended another Baha’i gathering, and met the Queen of the House.
Her entourage was also quite feisty.
So ended my two-day visit to an amazing little town. I get the sense that the next three towns on my itinerary will be equally special, in their way. Is there any such thing as a place that isn’t special?