Friday, December 2, 2011

Road trip to Ust-Kamchatsk, Sep 2011

 The main road of the Kamchatka Peninsula goes west and north to Milkovo (300 km), Klyuchi (570 km), and Ust-Kamchatsk (740 km).  Ust-Kamchatsk is a town and port in the mouth of the Kamchatka River which is the biggest at the peninsula.  

In the wide flat valley of the Kamchatka River the dirt road between Milkovo and Klyuchi is made of volcanic ash.  
 On the way to Ust-Kamchatks the road is two times crossing the Kamchatka River.  The cars are crossing the stream by the ferry. 
 The bridge across the Kamchatka River is under construction. 
 Kamchatka River is not very swift; it has deep quiet pools and sandy banks.  This is a side-channel (less than 1/4 of the river).  
 From the road Milkovo-Klyuchi one can see the volcanoes of the "Klyuchevskaya" group: Dalnyaya Ploskaya Sopka (left, 3943 m), Klyuchevskaya Sopka (middle,  4700 m), and Kamen' (right, 4575 m).  The area is covered with the ash of the Tolbachik volcano eruption.
 Kharchinskaya Sopka from the road Klyuchi - Ust-Kamchatsk.
 Shiveluch volcano from the road. 
 Fresh mud flow (torrent) from the Shiveluch volcano
 Old part of the Ust-Kamchatsk
 New part of the Ust-Kamchatsk
 Church in the Ust-Kamchatsk

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