On a return trip from Anchorage, we decided to turn off the Seward Hwy and have a look at the historic old town of Hope. Gold was discovered here in 1896, and the new community was named Hope City. By 1899 most of gold had been found and the miners had moved on to other strikes. Buildings were left intact, and Hope is the best preserved gold rush community in southcentral Alaska.
We thought it was a neat little town to walk around in & would have spent a lot more time there, but it began to rain fairly hard. We finally retreated to our van and used it to do the rest of our exploring.
It must have been raining in Hope for some time before that, since there was a big layer of mud near the creek and the shore of Turnagain Arm. I wanted to collect more rocks, but the mud made me rethink that idea, and we returned to Cooper Landing.