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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...

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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 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 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 - 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 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 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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Jul 21, 2014 - VALDEZ

Valdez is beautiful. It is surrounded by mountains that are usually covered by clouds. It makes you think you are up very high, but actually you are at sea level. The Valdez Museum was very interesting. It has lots of information about the 9.2 earthquake of 1964, the big oil spill and the Alaskan Pipeline.Both of these tragedies took place on March Good Fridays in different years. The first evening we drove out to Dayville Road where the Pink Salmon were running. Brown bears are also spotted here quite often. There were lots of fishermen...

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Jul 19, 2014 - The drive from Tok to Valdez.

We took our time driving from Tok to Valdez along the Richardson Highway.. There was a lot to see and the weather was very good most of the way. We stopped at the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park visitor center. It is the largest national park in the USA. We also took a 45 mile side road on the Edgerton Highway to see the Wrangell Mountain range and the sights along the road, such as the Yaks and the beautiful overlooks and views. After Edgerton we headed through the Copper River Valley and stopped at the Worthington Glacier. We continued...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Kenai to Valdez

This may be my last report for a while, as I will be entering Canada soon with a lack of good wifi. I left Ninilchik on Monday, and I left alone. Too much time was being spent eating and drinking, and I really felt I would enjoy the trip more alone. I was right. It has a been a great week. I drove 300 miles on Monday to Glacier View. I stayed at a roadside campground that was in a Dall Sheep preserve. They lived on the mountain across the street. I also visited the Glacier. You could walk right on it from the parking lot. It was pretty...

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