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Jun 21, 2015 - Valdez Columbia Glacier Cruise

The Columbia Glacier Cruise on the LU-LU Belle from Valdez Ak was just an unforgettable experience. Captain Fred is excellent at his profession and you can tell he truly enjoys it. He is a wealth of knowledge and makes certain you enjoy your experience. I was not prepared for some of the changes I would see once again. AS with many of the changes we experienced through out Alaska this one was even more dramatic. The Columbia Glacier use to span 5 to 8 miles wide and 400 feet to 500 feet tall as it spanned the Ocean Surface. Today it has...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Valdez Saturday 6-20-2015

Valdez Saturday 6-20-2015 Well we screwed up today. I should say I screwed up. We didn’t get tickets in time for today’s cruise to Columbia Glacier due to the Cruise being full. However, we have them for Sunday starting at 11am. I did not think there was any way they would fill up. The Lu-LU Belle only holds 52 people. There are 2 cruise lines in town and we picked the smaller one hoping for a more intimate encounter. So tomorrow, Sunday we will know if I made the right choice. We were fortunate to day to run into a small Grizzly just...

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Jun 19, 2015 - The Road to Valdez

The Road to Valdez Friday 6-19-2015 One thing I found was the that change to the Sway Bars on the front of the Motor Home made a huge change in the way the unit handles. It is much easier to handle both in the curves and the straightaway. I am very pleased with the result so far. Once home it is my intention to change the rear Sway Bar to the same position as the front. The Glen Highway (known as highway 1) leaves Anchorage as a 6 lane highway with 3 lanes going in each direction. At first I could not see why such a freeway needed, until...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Valdez Glacier Lake

This place has been perfect from start to finish. Sam was able to leave the rv this morning about 5, check out the harbor, and I was able to sleep another hour. Sitting by the bay and drink coffee for about an hour...it can't get any better than that. Walking around the town with a short hike on the Duke Pond Flat. This is the area that is exposed when the tide goes out and the ducks take advantage. Just across the bay you can see the oil holding tanks perched on the hill storing the oil piped down the Alaskan pipeline, awaiting the oil...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Valdez, AK

We would have loved staying a couple more days at the campground near Glennallen. Perfect setting minus the mosquitos. Sam went out this morning and it was a feeding frenzy. I think every mosquito in Alaska was stationed at this campground. Decided to head on to Valdez in the Northeast section of Prince William Sound and surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, the tallest coastal mountains in North America and the most heavily glaciated mountains in the Northwest. It's a very scenic drive with breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls,...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Eagle Trail State Rec Site, Tok to Bear Paw RV Campground, Valdez, Alaska

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Eagle Trail State Rec Site, Tok, Alaska to Bear Paw RV Campground, Valdez, Alaska 243.6 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience." - Michael Palin This is true, Michael, very true. I have found that it is a fool's errand to try and recreate the magic of a previous trip. You can never capture that lightning in a bottle again. What you CAN do, though, is try and capture some new lightning: new experiences, a different twist on an old route,...

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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, AK

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 snow capped mountains. July 28... Today was another...

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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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