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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. fjord cruise for tomorrow. We...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Jul 12, 2014 - On the way to Valdez
Left Palmer and traveled on the Glenn Highway and then the Richardson Highway, both are Scenic Byways. Scenic overlooks with unbelievable views every few miles! Along the way we toured a Musk Ox Farm and hiked a little to get an up close view of the Manatuska Glacier. Highlight of this great day was going through Thompson Pass and the Keystone Canyon above Valdez - awesome! Checked into our hotel on the harbor, ate dinner, and started out at 9pmfor a 2.5 hour hike on the Goat Trail in Keystone Canyon. Getting back to the hotel at 11:30 pm,...Jump to full entry
Jul 10, 2014 - Valdez, AK
It rained all day. We went and had two new tires put on the rig. They are Chinese tires, but they are the only thing they had. The Goodyear man in Anchorage said they were all out of trailer tires (at least load range G) and it’s only the middle of July. A lot of folks are going to be disappointed. The campground had a fish fry tonight. We brought a side dish and had salmon. Not bad, but I still prefer steak.Jump to full entry
Jul 9, 2014 - Valdez, AK
They don’t start until nine in the morning, so we slept in. We were ready when they came, and took some stuff out of the trailer. Had breakfast in the little café; we don’t have breakfast item in the larder – haven’t been shopping for a while or rather there haven’t been any grocery stores available. They have a nice little museum there and we went and had a look see. And we took a little ride and came back to the town. It is right off the main highway and on a loop road. We stopped at this bar where we were told was a model train we could...Jump to full entry
Jul 8, 2014 - Valdez, AK
This has been one hellacious day!! It started out OK with Larry and me stopping for breakfast on our way from Tok to Valdez. We were thinking of stopping for lunch, so we pulled out into this turnout area. As soon as we got out of the truck, Larry smelled rubber. Bad omen. We had a flat tire. Larry got out all the stuff to change the tire with when some of the rest of our caravan drove in. A couple of the men got out to see what was going on and took over. They got the tire changed in no time, but the axel was out of whack on the left side...Jump to full entry
Hi all! I'll try my best to keep this on the shorter side as there is very much to share this time. Also, if you wish to respond to our journal entries, please use our e-mail address at email@example.com. We will receive those much more often than through the journal. We only check the journal occasionally. The last entry was from Tok around 06.08.14. Our next stop was a nice camp area on the way to Fairbanks, Clear Creek. Very nice with nice views. Tried to catch a grayling to no avail.Next stop was Delta Junction, where the Alaskan Highway...Jump to full entry
Jun 23, 2014 - Valdez. Glacier Cruise.
Get ready for some pictures! The Stan Stephens glacier cruises have been highly recommended. There is a shorter one (7 hours) to the Columbia Glacier. This glacier is in retreat which means it is calving a lot of ice which must be negotiated by the cruise boat. Usually, they can't get close to the glacier. Sometimes, the cruise boats have to stand off 6-7 miles from the Columbia Glacier. We opted for the 9 hour cruise to the smaller Meares Glacier. Like the Columbia, it started to shrink 550 years ago but has been growing recently. Since a...Jump to full entry
Jun 22, 2014 - Tok to Valdez
Today we left the B and B after breakfast and headed toward Valdez. At about the first stop, Ted looks across at some small lakes in the distance and says "There should be a moose in there". About 10 seconds later he finds one. The lake was some distance away, you could see the moose in the water, dunking his head to find food.(with binoculars) I tried for a picture but even with the zoom, he was just too far away. Next we knew that a lake with a variety of birds was coming up, we nearly drove by, but there were about a dozen or so swans...Jump to full entry
Jun 22, 2014 - Valdez. WOW!
We thought the Haines Highway (June 1) was the most spectacular drive we have ever taken. And it was....until today. The drive from Glennallen to Valdez beats it. One difference is the road into Valdez is smaller and takes many turns. At every turn, you are surprised by fantastic mountains. They aren't always to your side. You are staring at them. Look at the pictures. We couldn't include them all.Jump to full entry