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Aug 13, 2015 - Valdez, Alaska

: I blame the lady at the Visitor’s Center! She recommended we hike the Solomon Gulch Trail across Prince William Sound from the city center. And in case you were wondering, with regard to sounds, bays, lagoons etc. experts do not agree on the definitions but agree all these are nursery areas for sea life. Back to the lady at the Visitor’s center, she said the trail was 3.8 miles round trip and uphill at first. At first! It was practically uphill the entire 1.9 miles!!! In the midst of an uphill trek I felt water dripping down my cheek! I...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Valdez, Alaska

Bear and Buddy, sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Bear met Buddy (a fellow mellow Schipperke) and Buddy was very taken with Ms. Bear! Buddy loves to go fishing for salmon in his pet parent’s boat and barks if a fish is released back into the water! He also puts his paw out when a fish is reeled in as if he’s helping land the fish. Fairbanks is Buddy’s hometown and when we started off for home after our visit Buddy wished to come with! Fireweed in this area is going to seed and I have a new (temporary) hobby, collecting fireweed seeds Today...

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Alaska Trip 2015

Aug 12, 2015 - August 12, 2015 Day Two in Valdez

Today is our last full day in Valdez. The weather has turned gorgeous. Bright sun and temperature in the 70's. All the natives are walking around in flip flops and shorts! You can tell the visitors from Florida. We have on jeans and long sleeve shirts. Yesterday we did a walking tour of town. We walked along the waterfront and then over to the ferry terminal(no ferry). Along the way we passed the Valdez convention center. Not sure how much use it gets, but there is a small lake at the center and it has a gravel beach and a sign that says...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Valdez, Alaska

We saved the best spot in Alaska for last, Valdez!!!! On our way to Valdez we stopped at Worthington Glacier, the most visited site in Copper River Basin. Scott launched his quad and got bird’s eye views of the glacier! We are staying at Eagle’s Rest RV park, Scott launched his quad for a shot of the city of Valdez and the RV park! As the photo shows the RV sites are tight, I call it ‘elbow room’ as the distance between RVs is about the distance between your elbow and fingertips!

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Alaska Trip 2015

Aug 10, 2015 - Valdez

Today we left Glacier View, which is North East of Anchorage along the Glenn highway headed for Valdez. The drive along the highway is through some sparsely populated parts of Alaska. One town has 36 people, but they are spread over 16 miles along the highway. Your neighbors are not very close. When we got to Glenallen, we headed south on the Richardson Highway toward Valdez. Along the way we stopped at the visitor's center for Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The largest National Park in the United States, over 10 million acres! About the...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Valdez AK - Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site

Made our way to Valdez. Rog and I were in Valdez in 1982. He was working on some equipment that InterSystems supplied to the state of Alaska for a grain elevator they were building in Valdez. As it sometimes happens, the grain elevator was built, but never used. They brought in just enough grain (barley) to conduct the required tests and then closed the elevator down. They never ran grain through it again. Rog had heard that it had been turned into a hotel, so he wanted to stop by and check it out. We drove into to town to see it and there...

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Retired at Last!

Jul 31, 2015 - Eagle's Rest RV Park

We traveled some of the roughest and narrowest roads so far coming to Valdez. It was also the most scenic roads traveled. Valdez is a fishing town with lots of commercial boats in the harbor. You can watch the boats come in from fishing trips and see the size of the fish, some of the biggest. On the leader board the biggest halibut is 240+ pounds with second at 234 pounds. We went on the LuLu Bell for a sightseeing trip on the water. We saw sea otters, sea lions, orca whales, no puffins, the ice glacier calving and big chunks of ice in the...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Valdez, Alaska

Monday we arrived at Valdez. Alaska after a trip from Palmer. We traveled 251 miles. We passed the Worthington Glacier. I have photos showing how it has melted. Glaciers are created over hundreds of years of ice and snow building up. It moves 3 feet per day. Also, I want to mention regarding the Musk Ox that we shared on our last post, they are mostly related to sheep rather than ox. Their fur is not sheared like sheep it is combed each spring and then spun into yarn. It is then knitted into scarves, hats, afghans etc. It is warmer than...

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Perkins Alaska Trip

Jul 18, 2015 - Homer to Valdez 7/3-5

Friday, July 3, 2015 Homer-Anchorage Golden Nugget RV Park Miles today: 229 Animals: as noted below Traffic was very heavy southbound today since it was Friday of the 4th of July weekend. Many locals headed for the Kenai Peninsula from the Anchorage area. We traveled the opposite direction back to Anchorage. We detoured to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Turnagain Arm. Orphaned or injured animals are taken care of here. The goal is to set them free, but if they were too young and didn’t have their mom to teach them how to...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Rainy Valdez

July 8, 2015-Valdez Raining again this morning and mountains? What mountains? We went to the ferry again and booked a “standby” berth on the ferry for tomorrow to Whittier, AK; a six hour trip by boat. They can’t guarantee passage but they usually plan on 100 extra feet of cargo and we are second in line for standby so the odds are pretty good. The fog was so thick this morning that although we could hear the foghorns of the vessels, we really could not see them til they were within docking range. We drove back up the Richardson Highway so...

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Jul 7, 2015 - Foggy, Rainy Valdez or "The case of the disappearing mountains"

July 7, 2015 – Valdez Remember yesterday when I mentioned how lovely it is here in Valdez with the ring of mountains setting off what is otherwise a fishing and oil center? Today…what mountains? See photos! It rained last night and all day today and the rain laden clouds simply covered all evidence of the mountains until late tonight when, a rainbow appeared! Bob used the rain to wash the coach; a much needed chore. We also drove out to the ferry terminal to find out about taking the ferry to Whittier, AK; a 6 hour trip by ferry but a two...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass, Valdez

July 6, 2015 – Richardson Hwy, Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass and Allison Point A beautiful day! Last time we visited Valdez, we never saw any mountains at all because of rain and fog. Today, we could see what draws people here; it is absolutely spectacular. The drive on the Richardson Highway is just one big “WOW!!” after another. Each curve in the road brings another huge mountain into view and each mountain was crowned in glaciers and beribboned with silver waterfalls cascading down the clefts between the mountains. We decided to...

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