Trip to Valdez, AK May 21 - 22

Well, we decided, kind of last minute to take another side trip. This time down to Valdez, AK which, as you may recall, is where the huge oil spill of 1989 took place.



We were lucky to have incredible weather for the trip! Had to stop at the Wrangell-St. Elias NP Visitor Center along the way. They had a nice trail that wasn't very long at all, but gave some awe-inspiring views of the mountains themselves. Very much looking forward to some closer views later!!!






Of course, a trip to Valdez isn't complete without stopping to check out the Alaska Pipeline. Pretty interesting stuff!







You can see the Wrangell-St. Elias mountains on the other side of Willow Lake here. We're hoping to do some backpacking in this spectacular National Park while we're here in Alaska. Bobbie probably more hoping than Sal, but ..... ;7)





Another picture of one of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountains! Mt Drum; so close you feel like you can just reach out and touch it!!





We stopped and checked out Worthing Glacier on our way. Here's a view showing it's overall size but when we stopped we were stanging right at the bottom of it! Our first Alaska glacier, but I'm sure not our last!!



All of a sudden, you feel like you've gotten to the top of the world! At least the top of the world you currently can see. The top of Thompson Pass!! It was really windy and cold up here, but still worth the stop to get out and look around!







After Thompson Pass, you drive down and down to the bottom of a canyon. All of a sudden there is this magnificent waterfall right in front of you, literally! This is only the top part of it. Even with my wide-angle lens on, I couldn't quite get all of it in one photo!













And then here's Horsetail Falls also directly next to the highway! It was so cool!!!! Both of these were in Keystone Canyon! Absolutely breathtaking!!!!









We stayed at a little place called Bear Paw RV Park in Valdez, AK when we arrived. It was directly across the street from this amazing view!! It was less expensive than the other RV parks in town and they were further away from the harbor!!! Go figure! Needless to say, we were very happy! We even decided to stay a couple of nights to check things out. We really fell in love with Valdez and the surrounding area.




Our first night, we went for a long walk through the harbor and around to see some of the sites. We found this little fella right there in the harbor. Is he cute or what?!?! We watched it sleep for quite a while. It woke up for a second a couple of times and then all of a sudden it woke up, pooped, rolled over a couple of times to clean itself, and then went back to sleep. Aahh, the life of a sea otter!!




This is Mineral Creek as it gets ready to empty into Prince William Sound.










Here's a view across the port of Valdez looking at the beautiful mountains!






We could see this water falling along the mountain from where we were staying. When we took our sightseeing trip of the area, we stopped at a salmon viewing area along the road to get some better pictures of it up high and then realized that it came down real nearby. Next thing we knew we were climbing a short trail up to this! This is Crooked Creek.









We stopped at a small park along one side of town. There's a trail that leads around much of the bay, but we didn't have enough time to check it all out. We were wishing that our bikes were in working order and we would have biked the trail. Next time!!!!






This guy was hanging around in one of the trees in our campground! I watched (and took many pictures) for about 20 minutes! It almost looked like it was eyeballing me for lunch! Yikes!!

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