Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

View from turnout on Richardson Highway south of Glennallen

Richardson Highway north of Valdez

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Turnout at Bridal Veil Falls

Valdez Original Town Site Marker

Valdez Original Town Site Marker

Valdez Original Town Site Marker

Valdez Original Town Site Marker

Valdez Original Town Site Marker

Valdez from Dayville Road

Pipeline Terminal

Pipeline Terminal

Pipeline Terminal

Pipeline Terminal

Sea Lion

Sea Lion

Solomon Gulch Waterfall on Dayville Road

Solomon Gulch Waterfall on Dayville Road

Solomon Gulch Waterfall on Dayville Road

Solomon Gulch Waterfall on Dayville Road

Solomon Gulch on Dayville Road

Lowe River Bridge

Lowe River looking towards Valdez

Salmon Spawning Area

Salmon Spawning Area

Salmon Spawning Area

Downtown Valdez Whispering Giants Statue

Downtown Valdez Whispering Giants Statue


This morning started out pretty nice with temperatures in the mid 50’s and only a few clouds.

I left the Grand View Café & RV Park at 09:35AM heading east on the Glenn Highway. The closer I got to Glennallen the cloudier it became. I saw one caribou between Glacier View and Glennallen. Very scenic drive with lots of small lakes along the highway. I crossed Eureka Summit, 3,322 feet and the highest point on the Glenn Highway.

When I turned south on Alaska Highway 4, the Richardson Highway, the weather changed. The further south I went the darker it became with heavy clouds obscuring most of the mountains. What I could see was very pretty with numerous waterfalls coming down the mountains from the snow melt. North of Worthington Glacier the fog started to set in. When I reached the glacier I could barely make out the exit sign. When I reached Thompson Pass the fog was really thick and I was down to 20MPH. I could not see anything until I got to the bottom of the mountain and stopped at Bridal Veil Falls.

There were numerous pavement breaks from Glennallen south to Valdez. The posted speed limit was 25MPH but I went through at 15MPH as they were pretty rough.

There were a few places along the highway where you could see the pipeline that ends in Valdez. Lots of rivers/streams along the highway but I did not see any wildlife from Glennallen south to Valdez.

I arrived at Bayside RV Park at 13:50PM. 50amp E/W/S. The rain and fog continued all day.

I drove out to the Old Valdez town site that was destroyed on March 27, 1964 at 5:36PM by a 5-minute, 9.2 measured earthquake. I then drove out Dayville Road as far as you can go. Access ends at the pipeline terminal. There was a report of a bear and four cubs near the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery but I did not see them. I did see a few sea lions out in the water. The pipeline terminal was almost totally obscured by the clouds/fog.

I went to Oldtown Burgers for a cheeseburger and soft drink for dinner.

195.2 RV miles today. 4 hours and 15 minutes driving time.

28.3 SUV miles today.



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