Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
Trip End Aug 26, 2009

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Northeren Nights RV Park

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

There's a lot of road work in our neighborhood and someone cut through the electric and water lines on Friday.  We waited patiently but could not connect to the internet till very late.  Things seem some better today and I'll try to fill you in on what we've been up to before the lights go out. 
Visited Exit Glacier yesterday.  What a beautiful trip up the mountain and along Resurrection River.  The trail from the Nature Center to the face of the glacier is about two miles round trip......not something we could do. The parking area was filled with cars and the trail that was visible was dotted with folks all bundled up for the walk.  It was a cool day around here yesterday and part of today.  The sun just came out but there's a very cool breeze and I'm feeling very sorry for all of you in that awful Az heat!  At 54 degrees this morning, I believe that's about half what you had. 
Just had to visit the Alaska SeaLife Center again.(We were there in 2005.)  It's an amazing place with puffins, otopus, seals and sea lions and a baby otter named Skittle.  It's Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center.  "Capital funding for the $56 million facility was made possible through the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement" and other city bonds and private fundraising.
On our way into our park, we crossed the Salmon Creek and Woody spotted the Bald Eagle with a huge salmon. Two large black birds (probably ravens) were pestering him.  He landed in a tree across the river and we quickly stopped to take some pictures. Some of the shots are pretty good.
We're off in the morning to head back to Anchorage to catch the Glenn Highway to Valdez.
I don't know how the internet situation will be in Valdez,  but we'll be in touch as soon as possible.  
Sunday morning.......left Stoney Creek and Seward (very cool and foggy) to backtrack a bit through Anchorage to catch the Glenn Highway through Palmer.  We think we can make it to Glennallen (the junction of Glenn and Richardson Highways which lead to Valdez.
First stop is Costco for gas ($3.06 ~ Alaska has removed their .40 gas tax).  Heading through Palmer........ the views are spectacular as we follow the Matanuska River, which is fed by the Matanuska Glacier and we cross a bridge over the Knik River, which is fed by the Knik Glacier to the east and splits into several branches as it approaches Knik Arm (a 3-mile-wide estuary that extends 40 miles southeast to Cook Inlet.)  It's all breathtaking and my pictures don't do this area justice.  We are also dealing with wildfire smoke that's been hanging around the Anhorage area for some time now and driving those folks crazy.  We are very happy to be away from that and the pictures we took of Matanuska Glacier give you some idea of how vast this Glaciated Area is.   We're settled in at Northern Nights after a very long driving day (341 mi) and we hope you enjoy the pictures of the past few days.  See you in Valdez.

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julia on

wow beautiful fishes thanks for keeping us updated

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