Trip Start Jul 29, 2014
57Trip End Apr 12, 2015
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But first a short stop at Tatilik, a gravel strip beside a small indigenous community of tidy wooden houses. As we taxi off the runway along comes an old pickup driven by Gus
There being nothing to do in Valdez besides stare at the stunning view of waterfalls and glaciers or drink we left for Anchorage in the morning. No view flying through the mountains though as the cloud cover was thick nearly all the way. Checked into one of two rooms at the pilot lodge at Merrill Field Airport where looking out the window affords a view of hundreds of small planes. Does everyone in Alaska travel by plane? At dinner not only did we eat crab cakes and crab legs and salmon and rock fish, we watched a hundred people stand knee deep in freezing water while they fished for salmon. The next day we drove to Whittier where the cruise ships dock. There's nothing in the town but a few shops catering to the cruisers and an apartment block built to withstand the abuse of 2500 men but apparently not of being near the center of that huge earthquake in the sixties. It's been standing empty and decaying ever since. But of course the scenery is beautiful.