|Looking southeast from Palmer, AK|
The clouds were low and gloomy here, but this state can generate more isolated pockets of completely different weather than anywhere else I've been. As the photo above shows, the overcast was much higher by the time we'd traveled as far as Palmer, some 30 miles north of Anchorage.
Within another 10 miles we had to break out the sunglasses, just in time to turn west on Fishhook Road.
We've driven past that turnoff (along the road to Hatcher Pass, for any of you who've been this way) any number of times, but never checked it out. Turns out it's paved (darn it), lots of twists and turns (yay), and a speed limit of 45 which seemed 5 or 10 mph too fast. Granted, we were in a small SUV rather than a sedan.
|The view looking west along Fishhook Road, in early winter with Pioneer Peak on the horizon.|
The road's much more civilized, and much flatter, than I had hoped. Next weekend, I'm definitely getting off-asphalt. All this civilization is getting harder to tolerate for an old country boy.
Don't seem right if'n I cain't take and get m' tahrs on some gravel, dang it! [/Missouri Ozarks drawl]
Oh, and Fishhook Road? It's technically Willow-Fishhook Road from the east end, and Wasilla-Fishhook Road from the west end. With Wasilla and Palmer forming the two ends of the base of a lline, the small community of Fishhook is the apex of a shallow triangle. I'm sure it was a stand-alone community at one time, perhaps even just a few years ago ... but now it's the northeast corner of the residential/small-business growth spreading that direction from Wasilla.