Sunday, August 1, 2010

Valdez

Beautiful views on our trip to Valdez.
Wrangell Mountain Range. Mt Sanford is the tallest at 16,237 feet. Mt Wrangell is the largest active volcano. Since the 9.2 earthquake in 1964, Mt Wrangell has been warming up the ice and snow that was 160 feet deep.




Dick's view as we travel. Visibility at about 50 feet. Seemed like even less to me. This through the curvy mountain roads with many frost heaves to add a little more excitement. .







Horsetail falls. Great area with lots of falls. Many ribbon falls.
Valdez is often called a little Switzerland . One of Alaska's prettiest spots with glaciers galore, wildlife, and lots of snow covered mts.









The view from our campsite in Valdez. We haven't been in a commercial campground since Salmon Arm in Canada. Great views, again. Valdez is a large fishing village with many commercial boats at the harbor. It is also an oil town with the Alaska Pipeline terminal. We have followed this pipeline from Coldfoot above the Arctic Circle to Valdez.



More flowers..Lots of begonias in every color of the rainbow. Some as big around as a dinner plate.






Bear fun. A trip to Allison point was quite interesting. Momma bear and her 3 cubs put on a show: fishing for their dinner.








Two of the cubs playing. They must think this is great fun reaching into the stream for those swimming fish.



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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you got to see the bears! I'm assuming its over at the fish hatchery? We went there each evening to see the bear fish for salmon... it was so cool! Hope you get some sunny weather there... Valdez is stunning in the sunlight.

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