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May 29, 2018 - Rainy Valdez

Down day. Weather in Valdez was low clouds, fog, drizzle, and rain – Again. We had a slow start to our morning and took a short walk in between showers to visit a local coffee shop and the grocery. Back in the RV, it was relaxing, watching some TV, and reading. Mid-afternoon, the clouds lifted and we took a scenic walk up to the overlook behind the convention center and had a nice chat with a couple from Maine. Back at the RV we decided it was time for chores and did some laundry. Dinner was left overs and we ate while it rained yet again....

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May 28, 2018 - Cruising Prince William Sound

We are anxiously awaiting our drive north toward Fairbanks and warmer weather. High today here was about 50 deg, with 35 deg forecast for tonight. Another morning of low clouds greeted us as we prepared for our glacier cruise. We had planned to cruise on a small boat today, but ended up on a much larger boat and a different tour company due to miscommunication on schedules. Our cruise took us out on Prince William Sound, leaving from the Valdez small boat harbor, with views of the Alaska Pipeline terminal, just across the bay. The cool...

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May 27, 2018 - Valdez

With daylight arriving around 4AM, it is hard to sleep late. We were finally up at 6AM and on the road before 7. A few miles down the road we found a nice pull out and stopped for breakfast. Firing up the generator we had brewed coffee and toasted bagels before continuing our drive. Today was our best wildlife viewing day so far: 5 moose, a porcupine, and more rabbits. At the junction of the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway, at Glennallen, we stopped for morning coffee. Continuing south on the Richardson, we had great views of the...

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Jul 30, 2017 - South to Valdez, AK

This is the second of three postings for today's date, first post is a map marker, second of our drive and third a little touring of Valdez. Today driving out, away from Chitina to the main highway to Valdez, there were low clouds again not allowing us the spectacular views of the Wrangell & Chugach Mountains. Sigh! There was a log cabin near a Historical Sign along the highway belonging to Lt. William Mitchell of the US Army Signal Corps which was completing the trans-Alaska telegraph line in 1903. It connected military posts in Alaska...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Bayside RV Park Valdez AK

Jackie and I had to depart Tok early to get down to Valdez where they had a larger medical facility to try and nail down what has been ailing her since Canada. Bill and Merrilee stayed in Tok until Sunday to retrieve their new alternator and because the weather was better than Valdez on Saturday. The RV park is right across the street from the boat harbor and walking distance to everything...not that the town is big or anything lol. Sunday evening Bill and I went over to the fishery and had some fun with Pink Salmon...kept 2 to try for...

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Jun 19, 2017 - Off to Valdez

Valdez, AK is not on the way to anywhere else. It's located on Prince William Sound on the southcentral coast of Alaska. The Richardson Highway, which runs north-south, connects Fairbanks to Valdez. During gold rush days, the highway was known as the Richardson Trail. When we left Tok we took the Tok Cut-off to the Richardson Highway, and headed south toward Valdez. Our first stop was the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center near Glennallen. Wrangell-St.Elias is the largest national park in the US, and the...

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Alaska Or Bust 2017

Jun 4, 2017 - Cold and rain in Valdez

Woke up to rain again this morning, took a short walk around the campground loaded up the truck and headed to Valdez. Road to glenallen bumping and rough. Saw beautiful scenery but the mountains were covered by clouds checked out the visitor center and Glennallen, but gas at 364 gallon beautiful drive to Valdez to Keystone Canyon Worthington glacier and several waterfalls including horsetail and bridal veil Falls. Stayed in a ritzy Campground across from the marina full hookup including TV. Wow! Took a walk around the marina saw bald eagle...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Valdez, Alaska June 3, 2017

Greetings All, I made it back from the deep sea fishing trip. I will discuss that trip a little later in this blog post. The last post was about crossing the Denali Highway and spending the night at the Squirrel River State CG. We got up on June 2nd and headed south toward Valdez. What an amazingly beautiful highway. My only thoughts are: Thank you LORD for making such beautiful country and giving us this opportunity to experience it. Last time we were here we experienced this paradise with my brother Bruce and sister in law, Sheila. I wish...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Valdez, Alaska June 2, 2017

Greetings All, Since our last entry we visited for one week with Nancy's son, daughter in law, and new grand baby in Healy, AK. Son was not feeling the best since his surgery, but we had a nice visit, none the less. Over the last few days we have been traveling across the OLD Denali Highway. A road of 134 miles, but it took us two full days to travel over. The scenery was beyond description and the road was mostly gravel. No cell service was available, but the moose, ptarmigan, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes were many. We even saw bald...

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Aug 21, 2016 - Valdez, AK

Aug 21-24 We are on our way to the coast, Valdez, another 256 miles and 8 hours. Pretty drive along the Turnagain arm, again. Valdez has had 3 major events that occur in this town, first the 1898 Gold Rush, 1964 Alaska Earthquake an d finally the Exxon Valdez ship that dump millions of gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound. Valdez is surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers. We took a trip to the Columbia Glacier, by boat, which is part of the Chuguch Mountains, and we were right up to the face of it. We saw the...

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Aug 20, 2016 - Valdez, AK

August 20, 2016 Very foggy but the sun is burning it off. It is an absolutely gorgeous morning. We are surrounded by the Chugach mountains with a small boat harbor in front. A water falls is flowing down the mountain behind camp. We walked throughout the docks on North Harbor Drive that were lined with kayak rentals, restaurants and shops. Lots of fish cleaning stations along the dock where we could see the catch of the day. The leaders in the fish derby are a 253 pound halibut and a 15.8 pound silver salmon. Continuing west we walked to...

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Aug 19, 2016 - Valdez, AK

August 19, 2016 I was up at 5:15 to deal with Bob’s new issues with Medicare premiums and SSN. 2 hours later it is moved along but not resolved. Now Bob can focus on driving and not futzing! We had a very nice breakfast special at the camp log café: scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes! We continued our chat with David, the fellow from northern IL, who kayaks around the national parks. Very nice and we especially like his yellow lab, Peter. We continued east on the Glenn Highway towards Glennallen. We felt like we were riding on the...

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