Valley of 10,000 Smokes

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Valley of 10,000 Smokes is home of the largest volcanic eruption (by volume) in the 20th century.  It's a 7-hour trip that takes you 23 miles down the road with a couple of interpretive stops along the way, another chat when you arrive, and a short hike into the valley.  It'll set you back $96 including a sandwich/chips/cookie—this is way overpriced, but when in Katmai…

I'll add that the mosquitoes were wicked—most wicked I'd ever encountered (for whatever that's worth). 

The tour bus is jacked up (off the ground).  You cross a few small rivers/streams along the way, and the bus driver claimed he could go through 5.5 feet of water no problem.  Not sold on that claim, but we'll take his word.

 

The view of the ash-filled valley from afar…

 

It's a shortish (1.5 mile?) hike downhill into the valley…

 

Our lone group shot with a self-timer…at the confluence of the Knife, Lethe, and Windy which then form the Ukak.  Don't forget that.

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