Ted and Louise Alaska 2014 travel blog

Swans

Mt Sanford

Worthington Glacier


Today we left the B and B after breakfast and headed toward Valdez. At about the first stop, Ted looks across at some small lakes in the distance and says "There should be a moose in there". About 10 seconds later he finds one. The lake was some distance away, you could see the moose in the water, dunking his head to find food.(with binoculars) I tried for a picture but even with the zoom, he was just too far away. Next we knew that a lake with a variety of birds was coming up, we nearly drove by, but there were about a dozen or so swans and other birds at the far end. Later at a park visitors center we learned that there had been 40-50 swans there on other days. Mt. Sanford is about 16,000 feet and it was totally clear when we first viewed it. Many tall mountains, mountain ranges and glaciers. As the day wore on there were more clouds and we lost the tallest of the mountains. We enjoyed the larger of the visitor centers for the Mt ELias and Wrangle National Park. Good video. As we approached the Worthington glacier, the rain returned. We did stop and walk a ways, but not as far as some we saw, across the glacier debris and up on the other side. Many waterfalls closer to Valdez, but it was raining hard and we did just mini stops. Hope to see them better in the morning. Hotel on the harbor, listening to the gulls, may go out in a bit, the rain has stopped. Tomorrow, back to Anchorage.



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