The Kennecott Mine was once the richest copper mine in the world. It was depleted of profitable ore and finally abandoned in 1938. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, created in 1980, includes the remains of the mining operation, and a 14-storey mill building. The national park has hiking trails to one of the old mines on top of the mountain, and to Root Glacier. (Click any thumbnail for larger, lightbox view.)
View from the top of the processing plant.
The remains of the Kennecott Copper Mine, one of the richest in the world, and now a National Park and Historic Landmark.
Better than reclaimed art is a reclaimed working truck.
Abandoned Kennecott Mining Operation
The entire city of Kennecott was built solely to support the mining operation.
The workers and all the employees lived on the property of the mine.
Photo gallery: Our cruise (May 2015) up the west coast of Africa stopped in São Tome for one day. (Click on any picture for full size.)
A girl has been swimming in the bay near the old fort.
The Bay of Ana Chavez
Our cruise ship anchored in the bay outside the port and we accessed the town by way of a launch.
Central Sao Tome Market
We could identify that the silver things were fish but we don't know about the other stuff.
A woman on her way to the central marketplace in Sao Tome.
Bay of Ana Chavez
Walking from the port to the marketplace, we passed these rusted out relics in the bay.
Swimmers at Dusk
Swimming at dusk in the Bay of Ana Chavez near the old fort.
Our second port of call on the trip up the African coast was Walvis Bay, Namibia. (Clicking on the picture will show the whole frame.)
A Darkling Beetle
We found this handsome tenebrionid darkling beetle on Sand Dune 7 outside Walvis Bay, Namibia. Their claim to fame is that they can stand on their head and condense the early morning fog on their bodies which then drips into their mouth. It's a useful talent in the desert!
Made it to the Top!
Deena takes pictures of other successful climbers to the top Dune 7. It's much easier going down.
The ridge of Dune 7, Walvis Bay, Namibia is 1250 feet high (380m). It's not easy to climb either. Your feet keep sinking into the sand and sliding down. Maybe you climb 25% more because of the sliding back. It really is kind of like those old movies where the guy who ran out of water is looking for the next oasis.
View from the Top
Looking down from the top of Dune 7, Namibia Desert, onto the parking lot below. It doesn't look this high from the bottom so in typical Deena fashion, she started scrambling up the dune. Ivan followed with the camera.
The desert itself has a unique, indescribable beauty.
A lighthouse on the hill in Swakopmund, Namibia sports a cafe with a lovely outdoor setting.
A Himba Woman Vendor
A Himba woman vendor in Swakopmund. The tribes struggle to keep their identity in a modern Africa. This woman uses the red clay in her hair and on her skin. Yet, she sells trinkets to tourists instead of performing the traditional farming chores.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
A housing development in Walvis Bay, Namibia has an almost Twilight Zone feel to it.