July 8-9, 2014
Monday afternoon, after literally coming down out of the clouds from our glacier landing trip, we packed up and moved from Talkeetna to Palmer. As planned, Rich and Mary were waiting on us at the Fred Myers store, our campground, for the night.
On Tuesday, we were up and ready to roll. After meeting up with Wallace and Wanda, Bennit and Bea, we headed out the Glennallen Highway...destination...Valdez.
We hadn't traveled too far down the
road, when this nice road turned into
this road...and these
were the only directions we had for what seemed like many miles!
However, the scenery was
beautiful, as usual. And,
after all the ups and downs, we found this
great pull out.
It was nice to stop and
While we were there,
Claire, senior editor for The Milepost pulled in. We had fun visiting with her about our travels. She gave us all new Milepost books (the bible for Alaskan travel) and she
took our picture beside the truck! Who knows, we might be famous some day.
Soon we left behind the Glennallen Highway and intersected the Richardson Highway...
turning right for Valdez. For awhile, I thought we were
lost in the forest and the road construction, but, then, the
beauty of the rivers and mountains come back into view.
The drive into Valdez was amazing. We saw
caves carved in glacier ice.
We even found
snow beside the roadway along Thompson Pass. I had to remind myself that it is July! But, also realize that as the
beautiful fireweed blooms to the top, in Alaska, that means summer is over. So, I doubt that the snow on Thompson Pass will completely melt before the new snow returns.
Traveling on into Valdez, we signed into
Bayside RV Park. Basically, it is a
big parking lot, as are a lot of the campgrounds in Alaska. The sites were nice, level, and we had 30 amp service with full hook-ups. Wallace, Wanda, Bennit and Bea are staying for the week to fish. The rest of us are here only for the night.
We set up, got the laundry done, and walked to town for a nice dinner. Afterwards, we drove a little ways out of town and around the sound. We heard that the bear come to feed there. And, they do, but, we were too late to see them. But, we did have fun watching the
sea lions catch the fish for their dinner.
And, every where we looked, we saw
eagles sitting in the trees.
It was a
beautiful night in Valdez.
July 9, 2014
After a leisure morning, we had our hugs and see you later with Wallace, Wanda, Bennit, and Bea. It's been great guys, and hope to see you down the road. And, good luck fishing!
As for the the rest of us, we headed out of town. We made a stop by
this old train tunnel.
This is the sign
outside the entrance.
We also saw the debris that was left from the
avalanche that closed off Valdez for a week or so.
This afternoon, we made a stop by the
Wrangell-Elias National Park. This park is the biggest in the national park system with 13.2 million acres of wild land and 9.7 million acres of designed wilderness. It is home to the beautiful
Mt. Sanford (16,237 ft) and
Mt. Drum (12,010 ft).
Mt. St. Elias, not seen is (18,029 ft.) and is the second highest peak in the United States.
One more park pass for the book!
Soon it was time for us to think about where we were going to stop for the night. And, thanks to the good old Milepost, we found a great
pull out off the Tok cutoff...there was even a
food truck in the lot serving dinner!
And, so ends one more beautiful day...we are so blessed!