The Bouchers at Home on the Road travel blog

Eagle off the shore of Valdez

Fishing off Valdez

More fishing off Valdez

Glacier 'bergs

Glaciers off Valdez

Glacier calving

More glacier views

And more glacier views

Harbor seals off Valdez

Mama Bear and cubs

20,21 August 2006

Days 33 and 34: Valdez, AK

The weather continued to be rainy, cloudy, cold and very foggy! It was a tricky drive down to Valdez. The scenery must be wonderful when the weather is clear. We got glimpses of mountains on all sides, sheer drop-offs from the roads into valleys below, and some really bad roads. The roads are taking their toll on the RVs - we developed a couple of leaks, which we have hopefully fixed. Before they did, however, things got a bit wet in places.

Day 2 of our Valdez stay, we assembled in the rain for a day-long sightseeing cruise to glaciers, and other sites. No one wanted to go, but it was a wonderful day for viewing the glaciers and wildlife. We saw 2 large glaciers, which were calving fairly good-sized icebergs; various birds (puffins, eagles, etc.); harbor seals; sea lions; a black bear with 2 cubs; whales; etc. It was very cold and windy, but we had a good boat and good company.

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