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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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Jun 21, 2015 - Valdez Columbia Glacier Cruise

The Columbia Glacier Cruise on the LU-LU Belle from Valdez Ak was just an unforgettable experience. Captain Fred is excellent at his profession and you can tell he truly enjoys it. He is a wealth of knowledge and makes certain you enjoy your experience. I was not prepared for some of the changes I would see once again. AS with many of the changes we experienced through out Alaska this one was even more dramatic. The Columbia Glacier use to span 5 to 8 miles wide and 400 feet to 500 feet tall as it spanned the Ocean Surface. Today it has...

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Alaska 2015

Jun 20, 2015 - Valdez Saturday 6-20-2015

Valdez Saturday 6-20-2015 Well we screwed up today. I should say I screwed up. We didn’t get tickets in time for today’s cruise to Columbia Glacier due to the Cruise being full. However, we have them for Sunday starting at 11am. I did not think there was any way they would fill up. The Lu-LU Belle only holds 52 people. There are 2 cruise lines in town and we picked the smaller one hoping for a more intimate encounter. So tomorrow, Sunday we will know if I made the right choice. We were fortunate to day to run into a small Grizzly just...

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Alaska 2015

Jun 19, 2015 - The Road to Valdez

The Road to Valdez Friday 6-19-2015 One thing I found was the that change to the Sway Bars on the front of the Motor Home made a huge change in the way the unit handles. It is much easier to handle both in the curves and the straightaway. I am very pleased with the result so far. Once home it is my intention to change the rear Sway Bar to the same position as the front. The Glen Highway (known as highway 1) leaves Anchorage as a 6 lane highway with 3 lanes going in each direction. At first I could not see why such a freeway needed, until...

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Alaska 2015

Jun 17, 2015 - Valdez Glacier Lake

This place has been perfect from start to finish. Sam was able to leave the rv this morning about 5, check out the harbor, and I was able to sleep another hour. Sitting by the bay and drink coffee for about an hour...it can't get any better than that. Walking around the town with a short hike on the Duke Pond Flat. This is the area that is exposed when the tide goes out and the ducks take advantage. Just across the bay you can see the oil holding tanks perched on the hill storing the oil piped down the Alaskan pipeline, awaiting the oil...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Valdez, AK

We would have loved staying a couple more days at the campground near Glennallen. Perfect setting minus the mosquitos. Sam went out this morning and it was a feeding frenzy. I think every mosquito in Alaska was stationed at this campground. Decided to head on to Valdez in the Northeast section of Prince William Sound and surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, the tallest coastal mountains in North America and the most heavily glaciated mountains in the Northwest. It's a very scenic drive with breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls,...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Eagle Trail State Rec Site, Tok to Bear Paw RV Campground, Valdez, Alaska

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Eagle Trail State Rec Site, Tok, Alaska to Bear Paw RV Campground, Valdez, Alaska 243.6 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience." - Michael Palin This is true, Michael, very true. I have found that it is a fool's errand to try and recreate the magic of a previous trip. You can never capture that lightning in a bottle again. What you CAN do, though, is try and capture some new lightning: new experiences, a different twist on an old route,...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Valdez,AK

We went on a tour of Prince William Sound today and to see Meares Glacier. There was fog when we left port but it soon cleared and we even had a little sun. We saw eagles, sea otters, seals, Orca killer whales and porpoise, sea lions and puffins. We saw a couple of small icebergs fall off the glacier and there was lots of icebergs floating in the water which we were told meant a lot of glacier calving had occurred in the last 24-48 hours. There were lots of hanging glaciers along the way. It was a nice day. Janette and Cathy had a bit of a...

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