Mountain Sky Hotel
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- Microwave in room
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MILES DRIVEN none (90 on ferry)CITY ValdezTEMPERTURE 51L/78H
It is 340 land mile from Whittier to Valdez, and 90 miles by sea. So we took the ferry. It was nice to sit back and let some one else do the driving. Our seats were in the salon all the way forward so our views were great. Saw some seals and a lot of commercial fishermen netting wild salmon. I think every ...
... the mountains, we could see the tops of Mt. Sanford and Mt. Drum and Mt. Wrangell appeared briefly. The only one we did not see was Mt. Blackburn. By the time we reached Willow Lake down the Ric******* Highway, the clouds had completely covered the mountains. On clear days the mountains can be reflected in Willow Lake.
The clouds increased as we proceeded down the Ric******* Highway, and by the time we reached Worthington Glacier it was ...
... boats fishing with nets and then selling the fish to bigger boats that take the fish into the processing plants in Valdez. Notice the fishing boat in the photo is so loaded with fish that the opening in the railings are almost in the water. Only ...
... with only one wrong turn and made our way to Palmer. The Palmer/Wasilla area is where Sarah Palin came from. Her daughter was in the paper as she has had a stalker. I think Sarah Palin has moved somewhere else.
After leaving Palmer the road was lined with the magnificent orange and yellow leaves of the cottonwood, aspen, alder and poplar trees. These trees were interspersed with the dark green of the spruce.
As if the trees weren’t enough, ...
... but didn't see any. The reason being a forest fire in 2004. The fire destroyed all the tundra and lichen they eat. It could be 60 years before they return here. In chicken we panned for gold again. Even smaller flakes. David our Trek Master found a nugget about the size of a small pinky nail. Panning for gold is an art form and requires a lot of practice to even recognize the gold. Think of all the sayings we use all the time that came from panning ...