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Aug 10, 2013 - Into Valdez

We got a mid-morning start from Palmer not knowing how far we would go. the drive was fabulous with huge mountains around us and the river valleys below us. We saw no wildlife which has been typical lately. The weather was pretty good with some sun and a little rain. We stopped a few miles before Glennallen at a pull off and Ruth Ann made lunch. I took a walk to the river right there and walked the bank looking at what I could see in the very clear water. The water was less than 2 ft deep most everywhere and there was long grass growing in...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Valdez-Wrangell

Sunday August 4, 2013 We have been living in the tight quarters of the truck camper for two months now. We have a few bruises but still hanging in there. When we were leaving the campground the owner stopped us and gave us $40 to help replace what was taken. He didn’t have to and I told him it wasn’t necessary but we did appreciate it. Next time you are in Palmer, AK stay at the Mountain view campground, They have good sites, facility’s and the best wi-fi signal we have found. We took the Glenn Highway East and stopped in Sutton at the...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Boat Cruise @ Valdez

A bus picked us up at our campsites and took us over to catch our ship for our trip on Prince William Sound. We had a very lovely experience on this day. The weather was terrible with fog, low hanging clouds, and rain, however, we donned our rain gear, boots and umbrellas and went on a boat cruise all through Prince William Sound where we traveled between the glaciers with high elevations on both sides of our ship as we passed through the narrows. We had an opportunity to view all kinds of sea animals such as sea otters who were floating on...

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North To Alaska 2013

Aug 2, 2013 - To Valdez

On this day we traveled from Tok, Alaska to Valdez, Alaska. We went through a lot of areas this day where we saw evidence of many forest fires. The fires are Mother Nature’s way of clear cutting an area. The trees in these wilderness areas are mostly pine trees and when fire strikes, the pine cones open from the heat and the seeds are allowed to be dispersed and scattered. New trees begin to grow and now after years since the fires, new little trees are growing where the forests were burned out. We passed many stands of birch trees. You...

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North To Alaska 2013

Aug 2, 2013 - Valdez ... and good-bye Alaska

We really enjoyed our trip to Alaska ... we found the people very friendly and helpful in most cases, and when we had problems they went over and above several times. We really appreciated help with tires - we bought 5 and Larry bought 3 - last blowout was after leaving AK and in the midst of nowhere. We found a new trailer tire - an off size - and it was installed and we were back on the road in less time than we imagined. The beauty of the land cannot be put in these pictures or in words. The 20 hrs of daylight we had to get adjusted to...

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Jul 28, 2013 - In Valdez Day 2

Beautiful day for kayaking, we kayaked in the Valdez lake off of the Valdez Glacier. The water is fresh water, not salt, so the icebergs that come off the glacier melt slower than the ones in the saltwater. We paddled around icebergs for a bit, then landed on the glacier to have some lunch. After lunch we went for a hike on the glacier and checked out the crevices.Pretty awesome, and a bit precarious, walking on the the ice, through the scree, and wondering if there will be any cave in. After that we did some off roading, up a mountain next...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Valdez

Monday, July 22, 2013 we drove to Valdez from Glennallen today. We stopped at Worthington Glacier and were able to get some real good pictures. We got set up in the RV park, Bear Paw RV Park, which sits right on the water and the back window sits overlooking the harbor for boats. All kinds of boats are parked here, from small weekend boats to one of the boats from the Deadliest Catch – The Kodiak. There is a bear trap sitting about 50 feet from the camper, and they say they have been having some problems with a bear so we will see if they...

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Jul 27, 2013 - In Valdez Day 1

Out on Prince William Sound again today. We got to visit the Columbia Glacier and see lots of wild life. Wild life seen today Birds: Black Oystercatcher Black Legged Kittiwakes Pigeon guillemot Horned Puffin Cormorant Tufted Puffin Jaeger Arctic Tern Steller Sea Lion: Large males average 1,200 pounds, females up to 650 pounds. They eat during the night, sunning and resting on rocks during the day. Bull Head is mostly a bachelor colony. They are noted their boisterous bellowing Humpback Whale: These whales are baleen feeders, consuming...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Palmer to Valdez

Wow, what a beautiful drive! The fire weed was thick and bordered the highway, and the mountains are amazing. We stopped at a park where there was access to actually walk out on the glacier, so of course we did. After that we continued on to Valdez, the mountains seemed different here but equally grand, the views are breathtaking continuously here. We landed in Seward, the RV park has 210 sites, they were full up and actually cutting pull through sites in half to accommodate more, we were lucky to get in on that, they were running out of...

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Jul 24, 2013 - The Breakup

Today is a day of mixed feelings- some celebration and some sadness. For the past two months we have traveled with two other couples unknown to each other before we got together at Great Falls. We have traveled over 4000 miles and I celebrate that we have gotten along and because of the togetherness of the six of us- the trip was better. We am sad as Jacquelyn and Ed are leaving the group and heading back on a fast trip back to Texas. And tomorrow Jean Ann and Terry are leaving us and hitting the west coast and then on to Texas. So Chee...

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Jul 24, 2013 - From Glennallen to Valdez

From Glennallen to Valdez, the scenery is even more spectacular. Majestic snow-capped mountains and glaciers are everywhere. We stopped to see a nice waterfall named Bridal Veil Falls. There seems to be a lot of waterfalls with this name. I have seen several of them in other provinces and states and other countries (there is one in British Columbia, one in Oregon, one in Utah, one in Ontario, and several others that I can think of). Words do not do the scenery justice so I will say no more about it and you can just look at the photos. It...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Lu Lu Belle Cruise

While at each of the ports we have visited all offer glacier cruises. Everyone told me to hold off until you got to Valdez and take the Lu Lu Belle. It is a smaller boat than the large company boats- probably around fifty people. The Captain is also the owner of this boat and is a class by herself, with her plush atmosphere of teak and mahogany and its oriental rugs. The cruise takes from 5-7 hours depending on what is seen along the way. Captain Fred Rodolf has been cruising the Prince William Sound since 1979 and you get closer to the...

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