On the road to Valdez, AK
Trip Start Aug 16, 2008
14Trip End Aug 29, 2008
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We'll be on our way to the city of Valdez. It looks like it will be a gorgeous day, once again. As many of you know Valdez is where the giant oil spill occurred back in the 80's. While the oil didn't mess up the city's shoreline, it wreaked havoc on the coastline down stream. More on that later.
So... back to breakfast at B&B which was made for us by Diane, who was very knowledgeable about Alaska etc...
Ron saw a fox on the airstrip which separated our guest house from the owners house across the way. The owner of our B&B owns three planes, which he keeps on his property.
We then left on our journey to Valdez, AK -- as many of you will remember -- suffered much harm from the oil spill from a tanker owned by Exxon. Although the harbor was an environmental disaster, it appears that they have recovered, although we were told there is still oil lingering in the rocks along the shoreline.
Stopped at the Long Rifle Lodge - many heads and bodies of animals were displayed -- it was very sad -- but we did not pass up this photo opt as you'll see later. The gas station there had only one pump (not digital) and was selling for $4.50/gallon. Who would think that gas would be sooo.... expensive in the state which produces it
We had lunch at the Princess Lodge located at Copper Landing AK. This is a lodge owned by the Pricess Cruise Line. It was very nice, with a great view of the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains. There were no tours at the time so we had the restaurant to ourselves.
The scenery along the way was breath-taking. The mountains were snow-capped, and waterfalls were plentiful. We stopped along the way at the Worthington Glacier. This glacier is said to be the most visited site in the Copper River Basin, with an elevation of 6,134 ft. There was a warning not to approach the glacier, but my brother Ron has a problem with authority, and it was his desire to touch the glacier. To say the least we were really scared that he would fall on his recently healed shoulder he injured when he fell on the ice, no less, this past winter and tore his rotator cuff. But nothing would remain in his way to conquer the "Worthington Beast" as he called it. He even took pictures of himself at the moment of his glory when touching the ice
We then resumed our journey passing the Bridal and Horseshoe Falls, which were very beautifal falls from the mountain tops. Our journey to Valdez was almost complete. We arrived at our hotel, "The Best Western" located on the Valdez harbor. You wouldn't believe all the fishing boats in the harbor, unloading their "sea food catch" of the day.
After checking in with Emily, the person at the front desk, we asked where we could see some bear. We can't leave Alaska without a bear sighting - that's for sure. She gave us a map, and showed us where the best possible viewing would be, which was near a place where the salmon spawn and run. We found it, and we saw hundreds of salmon swimming down this stream - some would be dead at the bottom of this run, floating around, and hundreds would be swimming at the bottom as well. This was exciting, but alas NOOOOO!!!! BEARS.
It was dinner time, and off to a local restaurant called Mike's Palace, a small diner with good food and prices. It specialized in just about any food ranging from Greek, Italian and a lot of fish of course. Ady and I had the halibut, which was great, Nancy had the shrimp which she enjoyed and the guys had pizza.
Well it's getting late, and the morning will be here before you know it. We're off to the Alaskan Ferry system for a trip from Valdez to Whittier. It will take us, as well as our minivan, to our destination across the Prince William Sound. Then it's onward to Seward, which is supposed to be the center for the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Sorry I didn't have time nor the energy to load our pics - later......