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Aug 9, 2018 - Visiting Valdez

This morning we hooked up the truck & trailer (in the rain...again). Our trip took us up highways 1 & 4, a pretty drive with some road construction. It was fun driving on the muddy road (NOT), I asked Pete at one point if the truck was sliding a bit in the mud....he said a little....great ! Anyways, all was well & our drive was uneventful all the way to Valdez. Because of the rain there were so many waterfalls running down the mountain sides, gave us some beautiful sights.

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Aug 3, 2018 - Our Last Two Days in Valdez

We have had a great week in Valdez. This is probably our favorite little town in Alaska. Very nice people and a very clean little town. They are trying to promote tourism so time will tell how it holds up. Went halibut fishing yesterday. The charter boat left at 6:00 a.m. and returned to the dock at 7:30 p.m. That's a long day on rough waters and in the rain. I was fortunate enough to catch a 75 pound halibut which is currently flying back to my freezer. I booked it first class so it should arrive safely. Halibut fishing was a bucket list...

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Jul 31, 2018 - Valdez Helicopter Tour

IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!!!!! If you are ever in Valdez, you have to take this 2 hour and 20 minute helicopter tour with VS Helicptor. They could not have done anything better. Leigh, was our pilot and guide for the tour. We felt very safe and secure with her as she is the Chief Pilot and also is a Search and Rescue Pilot. Her knowledge of the glaciers is unsurpassed. Our flight was super smooth and the scenery is such that you could not possibly imagine. Experiencing the glaciers by helicopter is by far the best way to see...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Valdez

We headed out of the Kenai Peninsula with an overnight stop in Wasilla and then on to Valdez.It was a beautiful sunny day and in the 70s. We did not expect a pretty drive but again to our surprise we went though the Wrangell Mountain Range. UNBELIEVABLE. We have been in so many great mountain areas, it's hard to keep track, but this may be the prettiest one yet. Coming into Valdez is the Keystone Canyon which was beautiful. Inside the the canyon was Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls. Valdez is known ans the waterfall city. They are...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Valdez, Alaska

Headed to Valdez for a three day stay and a bit of a respite from all the recent travel. Valdez is beautiful. Totally surrounded by snow capped mountains and lush green hillsides. We've had our first mostly rainy days. Chilly too. We managed to get a bike ride in during one of the breaks from the rain. And some walks around the town and harbor. We've been watching the fish getting cleaned and gutted. The people doing it are fast and efficient. And we've seen some big halibut. The record caught last year was 327 lbs by a woman named Freida!!

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Jul 4, 2018 - Third day in Valdez

After breakfast at the Fat Mermaid, we went to the two museums; museum number one, which gave a lot of history about the area and the Exxon Valdez disaster. We then went to the Fourth of July parade which was was enjoyed by all. We then went to museum number two, which gave a lot more information about the 1964 earthquake, old Valdez, and the move of the town after the earthquake. We drove to the old town site, where we found the locations of where the post office had been as well as other buildings. Probably the main reason that they had...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Second day in Valdez

Slept in, did laundry, then explored Valdez. This is a neat place, with mountains all around, roughly 4,000 residents. The harbor here is pretty well stocked with a variety of boats, but it has a lot of heavy fishing boats. There is an nice high observation point near the civic center, but as usual, it is hard to capture it all in a photograph. The epicenter of the 9.2 1964 earthquake was 45 miles from here. I read yesterday that the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster didn’t reach into Valdez, but of course did a lot of damage...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Morning in Whittier then ferry to Valdez

Spent the morning walking around Whittier. Our host told us last night not to worry since "our building is earthquake resistant and at an elevation above any tsunami that might come". Found the pedestrian tunnel connecting the town which is split by the railway yard. The harbor is nice with a lot of fishing boats. Enjoyed a harbor side coffee and danish that was especially good on this beautiful sunny morning. We walked up from the towers toward the glacial stream. Nice walk on a nice day in good company! The ferry ride was 5:45 and was...

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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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