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... Fred got us to within a 1/4 mile. Just beautiful and many calvings while we were there. That's when the chunks of the glacier break off and crash into the water. Amazing how Captain Fred could maneuver his boat through the ice fields. The LuLu Belle has been home to Captain Fred & his wife Megan for the last 36 years. Will never forget this experience today!! ...
... largest shipping environmental disaster ever seen.
Onwards down the Tsaina Valley into glacier country. The most accessible was the Worthington Glacier, and we stopped at several spots to photograph it, and walk to it's toe. Once across Thompson Pass it was past numbers of other glaciers, and through Keystone Canyon to the Lowe River and on to Valdez itself.
There must be something about Good Friday and Valdez. On another Good Friday in 1964, ...
... or capture in picture the sheer magnificence of the landscapes around us.
Another interesting aspect of life here in Alaska is the number of abandoned "homesteads" that we have seen. It’s difficult to tell the age of the structures since the winters here are so harsh. Undoubtedly, many of these date back to the 1800’s!
Now for the suspense on where we ended ...
... just finished talking about the couple when our respective vehicles passed on the road - how freaky!! They stopped in the layby we'd just passed so Cynthia turned round & went back so I got to meet them there & then. We all chatted for ages & they seemed a lovely couple but then we had to go as we had a long way to drive still & it was getting late, gone 6pm already.
When we crossed the Chitina River, where the Chitina & Copper rivers meet, there ...
... for some time we were rewarded to see the blows of 3 whales (the blows are 3 m in height) & soon after their stubby dorsal fins were visible as they surfaced.The dorsal fins disappeared by the time the flukes emerged briefly before diving again & fluking as it's called. The adult humpbacks range in length from 12–16 m & weigh about 36,000 kgs. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins & a knobbly head. ...