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Aug 20, 2016 - Valdez, AK

August 20, 2016 Very foggy but the sun is burning it off. It is an absolutely gorgeous morning. We are surrounded by the Chugach mountains with a small boat harbor in front. A water falls is flowing down the mountain behind camp. We walked throughout the docks on North Harbor Drive that were lined with kayak rentals, restaurants and shops. Lots of fish cleaning stations along the dock where we could see the catch of the day. The leaders in the fish derby are a 253 pound halibut and a 15.8 pound silver salmon. Continuing west we walked to...

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Aug 19, 2016 - Valdez, AK

August 19, 2016 I was up at 5:15 to deal with Bob’s new issues with Medicare premiums and SSN. 2 hours later it is moved along but not resolved. Now Bob can focus on driving and not futzing! We had a very nice breakfast special at the camp log café: scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes! We continued our chat with David, the fellow from northern IL, who kayaks around the national parks. Very nice and we especially like his yellow lab, Peter. We continued east on the Glenn Highway towards Glennallen. We felt like we were riding on the...

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Aug 9, 2016 - Watch for the bunnies

Valdez, the two incidents that this town is known for: The damage to this town due to the Good Friday 1964 earthquake and the following tsunami that ripped through town and the Exxon Valdez running around and the ensuing damage due to the petro leak. The Exxon leak occurred exactly 25 years, to the day, after the earthquake. The earthquake was the largest to ever hit North America and the 2nd strongest earthquake ever recorded. It lasted 4 minutes, which is unfathomable to me. The 1989 Loma Prieta EQ lasted 15 to 20 seconds, which seemed...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Day 35 Valdez

Day 35. Still raining off and on. Managed to take a hike with only drizzles. Down a dirt road with lots of waterfalls along the way... that we could see. A lot of fog. We turned around at a creek. Didn't want to get feet wet. There was a beautiful waterfall there. Back to town and down to The Fat Mermaid for beer and smoked salmon dip. Pricey, but good. Then back to Halibut House for more greasy fish and chips. I think I've reached my limit for the next 10 years. The town has bunnies all over. Just hopping around. The lady at the campground...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Day 34 Valdez

Day 34. Woke up to rain...again. Laundry. Clothes still get dirty..can't take enough not to do wash. Besides we run out of room for dirty clothes. John and the rest went for a walk in the pm when it was just misting while I'm getting caught up on journal. Whew I'm done!! Nothing else to say about today.

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Jul 29, 2016 - Day 33 Valdez

Day 33 Bear Paw RVPark. Park is right across from the boat harbor. Our site is backed up right to the sidewalk. There's also another RV caravan at this campground. We are definitely amongst the smaller of the rigs. It's a little noisy with the street noise, but quieted down after a long while. Out bedroom is on the other side of our trailer so it wasn't so bad, but Karen's bedroom is on the street side so she got a little more noise. We had all kinds of weather on the way.. Sun, rain, fog. Stopped at visitor center and got Jessica a Jr....

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Jul 23, 2016 - Day 60 On the road for 2 months

We have been in Valdez, Alaska for the last 4 days. The drive down the Richardson Highway was one of the prettiest we have seen on this trip. We are on day 60 exactly 2 months since we left home. Valdez is where the oil pipeline ends, and is loaded onto tankers. Strange thing about that is we paid the most for Diesel here since we started our trip.( 3.10 a gallon) except for Canada! While we were here we visited Salmon Gulch fish hatchery. It is where they spawn salmon every year. About 230 million pink salmon eggs are taken, to be...

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Jul 22, 2016 - Valdez, Alaska

Valdez , Alaska We drove from Anchorage to Valdez last Monday, a distance of a little over 300 miles...318 to be exact. We stopped to see Worthington Glacier on the way, and Joe could not believe how much it receded from the last time he saw it in 2008. We met a woman who had been there a year ago and she was surprised in the one year change. The first day in Valdez we drove looking at what was in town..the museums and historical places. We went back on the Richardson Highway to see Bridal Veil Falls and Horse Tail Falls and also observed...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Last day in Valdez

Today is our last day in Valdez, we spent it visiting the museums in town and just resting up for our next move (and of course checking out the local ice cream vendor). We visited 2 museums, both very nice and informative. The entire town of Valdez was destroyed by an earthquake on March 27th, 1964 (good Friday); The town was rebuilt on more solid ground 3 years later, and about 3 miles away from the original site. Then in March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Prince William...

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Jun 28, 2016 - 9 Hour Glacier & Wildlife cruise Valdez

On Tuesday, we took the 9 hour Glacier & Wildlife cruise out of Valdez; It was everything we anticipated and more! The destination for the cruise was Meares Glacier, but they really took their time getting there, and pointed out all of the wildlife along the way. When they saw something to photograph, the captain stopped the boat and allowed everyone ample time to view and photograph the points of interest. We took over 100 pictures, wish we could post them all, but will try to pick out the best. This tour was VERY WELL WORTH the money, and...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Monday - in Valdez taking care of business

We spent today just hanging out in Valdez, getting acclimated to the area, getting laundry done, etc. We checked into a Glacier/Wildlife cruise, and also checked into fishing for Ken. We decided on the Glacier Wildlife cruise for Tue., and will pass on the fishing here for Ken, he has decided to wait until we get to Homer and Kenai area to do his fishing.

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Jun 26, 2016 - Grizzly Lake to Valdez AK

When we left Grizzly Lake in the rain, we headed for Valdez. We were "on the fence" about coming to Valdez because we got so many mixed reviews about how it is "since the oil spill" in 1989; it's come back 100%, it's come back 80%, it hasn't come back much at all, don't go there, etc... We decided to come see for ourselves, and we're glad we did. We booked in 1 night and ended up staying 4 nights! We arrived late afternoon and checked into the Bear Paw RV resort. It's right across the street from the marina, and totally surrounded by...

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