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Aug 11, 2014 - Valdez,AK

We went on a tour of Prince William Sound today and to see Meares Glacier. There was fog when we left port but it soon cleared and we even had a little sun. We saw eagles, sea otters, seals, Orca killer whales and porpoise, sea lions and puffins. We saw a couple of small icebergs fall off the glacier and there was lots of icebergs floating in the water which we were told meant a lot of glacier calving had occurred in the last 24-48 hours. There were lots of hanging glaciers along the way. It was a nice day. Janette and Cathy had a bit of a...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Tolsona to Valdez

We had a nice drive to Valdez. The roads down were much rougher than we remembered them being on our 2 previous trips. There are many glaziers along the way , including Worthington. We saw many water falls but the largest was Bridal veil. After getting set up at the RV park we drove over to see the salmons and there were lots of people fishing, and catching salmon. We bought some salmon at Peter Pan packing house and will have them Sunday night. Terry and Tony prepared a stir fry dinner for us tonight and it was wonderful! We girls enjoyed...

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Aug 1, 2014 - Valdez, Alaska

Hello Everyone, Now that our Alaska Tour caravan has completed, four families decided to travel home together! Our first night was boondocking (dry camping) along the road just north of Anchorage. The following day we turned south and headed to Valdez, Alaska! The 100 mile drive into Valdez took us past numerous spectacular vistas that we had to stop at and take pictures! In Valdez we found a beautiful campground nestled amongst towering glacial & snow covered mountains! I was able to take multiple quadcopter flights to capture the...

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Jul 28, 2014 - A day in Valdez

Today, we visited the three primary museums in Valdez and learned about the 9.2, Good Friday earthquake of March 1964 and resulting intrabay tsunami that wiped out the town, its relocation to more stable ground, the Exxon Valdez disaster in March 1989 (25 years later, almost to the day) and its impact and environmental damage, and the Coast Guard rescue of the Prinsendam's passengers, a cruise ship that caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Alaska in October 1980 (all passengers and crew were saved by following the proper procedures). We also...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Valdez

July 27... Leaving Palmer, it started out sunny, but soon turned to rain today. It rained all the way to Valdez, but we still managed to see some great scenery. We saw the Matanuska, Worthington and Keystone Glaciers, as well as the Horsetail waterfall in the Keystone Canyon. Thompson pass was something else, I am hoping it is sunny when we go back so that we can hopefully get some great pictures. The pass itself is 2676 feet and drops down dramatically. Valdez itself is surrounded by snowy mountains. July 28... Today was another beautiful...

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Trip Journal


2014 Alaska Trip

Jul 27, 2014 - Hope, Alaska -Valdez, Alaska

JULY 21ST-WE STAYED IN CAMP FOR AWHILE THEN DROVE AROUND THE TOWN OF HOMER, ALASKA CHECKING OUT THE SIGHTS. JULY 22ND- WE DROVE TO THE LITTLE TOWN OF HOPE, ALASKA. STAYING AT AN RV PARK WITH FULL HOOKUPS. THE ALASKA DACHA RV PARK. THE TOWN OF HOPE IS ON THE TURNAGAIN ARM ACROSS THE BAY FROM ANCHORAGE. WE DROVE DOWNTOWN HOPE AND HAD LUNCH. JULY 23RD- WE DROVE OUR CARS TO THE ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER WHERE THEY TAKE IN INJURED WILD ANIMALS. FOR INSTANCE THEY HAD AN BALD EAGLE THAT THEY HAD TO AMPUTATE HIS WING BECAUSE SOMEONE SHOT...

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Jul 24, 2014 - Last Day in Valdez

Thur., July 24th – Steve fished the bank at Allison Point just down the road from the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery. It was one of those “fish on every cast” kind of spots. He settled for just bringing home 3 so we could enjoy a grilled salmon dinner with the Kings before we bid Valdez farewell tomorrow and head for Tok.

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Jul 23, 2014 - Halibut Grove Charter

Wed., July 23rd – There was a light rain and rough seas, but fishing was A-Okay aboard the Halibut Grove charter boat with Captain Seth at the helm. Steve set the alarm for 4:50am to make it to his 6am dock departure. Bob and I met the boat when it returned at 7pm. The 6 anglers were cold, wet, and weary….but it was well worth it considering it took 4 large carts to offload the day’s catch. Steve landed an approx. 70lb halibut, a 25lb and 50lb lingcod, and a smaller rockfish….the fillets weighed in at 61lbs…now that’s a lot of fish! We...

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Jul 23, 2014 - Valdez AK

Yesterday evening I went back to the other side of the bay. It was an incoming tide but the flats were still clearly visible. There must have been 3 dozen bald eagles on the flats. While waiting for an eagle to fly by with in range for a photo a young grizzly bear showed up and went onto the flats. He meandered through the group of eagles long enough to get some really good photos. The one posted shows the bear and 7 bald eagles. Toward sunset the eagles left the flats and flew over to the trees next to the road. On the way back to the...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Prince William Sound Cruise

Tues., July 22nd – We departed on the Stan Stephen’s Columbia Glacier Cruise at noon. This 7 hr. excursion took us through Prince William Sound where we were able to weave our way through icebergs to get the closest view of the glacier this vessel had managed in several weeks. It was unusual to have a female captain, but she did a terrific job navigating around Heather, Glacier and Bligh Islands giving us bits of information about the history of this area and pointing out the wildlife. We passed by the end terminal of the 800 mile Alaskan...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Valdez AK

Moved again this time down to Valdez AK. The truck got a real workout pulling the trailer through the Chugach mountains. The Richardson Highway down to Valdez was not the greatest but slowed down to around 40 mph and it was OK. The drive through Thompson Pass to Valdez was really nice. Valdez is in the back of an inlet and is surrounded by 6,000 foot mountains all around. It is a very scenic location just to sit outside and look at the mountains. In the evening we drove over to the fish hatchery which is across the bay from Valdez. The oil...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Arriving in Valdez

Mon., July 21st – Just when you think you’ve taken in more gorgeous vistas than the mind can possibly retain….there’s Valdez! We took 4 hrs. driving the 100+ miles down the Richardson Hwy to this small, coastal community on Prince William Sound. We stopped at one pull-out after the other snapping photos of the most spectacular waterfalls and mountain splendor ever! After setting up at Bayside RV, we drove one block down the road to the harbor where we firmed up Steve’s fishing charter for Wed. and our 7 hr. glacier cruise for tomorrow. We...

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