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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 - 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 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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2goldengirls

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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Aug 9, 2016 - Watch for the bunnies

Valdez, the two incidents that this town is known for: The damage to this town due to the Good Friday 1964 earthquake and the following tsunami that ripped through town and the Exxon Valdez running around and the ensuing damage due to the petro leak. The Exxon leak occurred exactly 25 years, to the day, after the earthquake. The earthquake was the largest to ever hit North America and the 2nd strongest earthquake ever recorded. It lasted 4 minutes, which is unfathomable to me. The 1989 Loma Prieta EQ lasted 15 to 20 seconds, which seemed...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Day 35 Valdez

Day 35. Still raining off and on. Managed to take a hike with only drizzles. Down a dirt road with lots of waterfalls along the way... that we could see. A lot of fog. We turned around at a creek. Didn't want to get feet wet. There was a beautiful waterfall there. Back to town and down to The Fat Mermaid for beer and smoked salmon dip. Pricey, but good. Then back to Halibut House for more greasy fish and chips. I think I've reached my limit for the next 10 years. The town has bunnies all over. Just hopping around. The lady at the campground...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 30, 2016 - Day 34 Valdez

Day 34. Woke up to rain...again. Laundry. Clothes still get dirty..can't take enough not to do wash. Besides we run out of room for dirty clothes. John and the rest went for a walk in the pm when it was just misting while I'm getting caught up on journal. Whew I'm done!! Nothing else to say about today.

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 29, 2016 - Day 33 Valdez

Day 33 Bear Paw RVPark. Park is right across from the boat harbor. Our site is backed up right to the sidewalk. There's also another RV caravan at this campground. We are definitely amongst the smaller of the rigs. It's a little noisy with the street noise, but quieted down after a long while. Out bedroom is on the other side of our trailer so it wasn't so bad, but Karen's bedroom is on the street side so she got a little more noise. We had all kinds of weather on the way.. Sun, rain, fog. Stopped at visitor center and got Jessica a Jr....

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Alaska...Again 2016

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