Friday, July 9, 2010

Journey to Valdez

Today we traveled from Palmer through Glennallen and on to Valdez. The drive had awesome views. The mountains are beautiful and seem to go on forever. Mountains are covered with alders and other bushes or much higher and covered with snow. We saw the Matanuska Glacier which is quite close to the road. It averages 2 miles wide and has been stable for 400 years. We also saw the Worthington Glacier as it appeared to flow down from several mountains. The oil pipeline was visible as we headed south to Valdez. We saw two massive falls--Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls--that are beside the highway.
After setting up the trailers at Bear Creek RV, we drove into Valdez to check out a glacier tour for Elaine, Jim, and I. Rex, Jim M, and Venice are going halibut fishing tomorrow. We checked out the dock area and watched fishermen fillet their catch. A bit north of town we checked out a small stream that flowed into Prince William Sound. We saw people catching salmon in the sound as they were headed up to the stream. There were also many eagles, gulls, and sea lions. We were looking for bears but did not see any.

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