Bill & Deanie's Trip To Alaska 2012

  July 10th July11

We thought about taking the Columbia Glacier cruise but steady rain nixed that idea. Clouds were hanging right in the middle of the mountains across the harbor when we got up. Very pretty, but views from boat would be iffy.

We went to the Tesoro station near Airport Dr for fuel at $4.46 per ga. Valdez is terminus of AK Oil pipeline so we drove around to where the big storage facility is. Tours of the facility were halted after 9/11. (so many areas we had access to prior to that are now off limits.) FOR OUR PROTECTION! ??

The road to Allison Point passes a fish hatchery and since the salmon are returning we saw many eagles; at least 100. The eagles were in the trees, in the tidal flats, everywhere. Took lots of pictures of the eagles and even saw sea lions and harbor seals “waiting for lunch”.

We visited the Valdez Museum and the Museum Annex. Good history of the area and an exhibit on the “All American Route”. This was the route the gold seekers took up and over Valdez Glacier to get to interior of Alaska. Now that must have been an interesting journey with your year’s worth of food 1500 lbs on your sled. Lots of casualties on that almost vertical route.

The Annex Museum focuses on 9.2 magnitude 1964 earthquake. The 1964 earthquake triggered several underwater landslides that pretty much wiped out downtown Valdez. The main reason being that this area was built on the outwash plain of the Valdez Glacier. So the town was relocated 4 miles north and built on bedrock. The Annex has a total reconstruction in miniature of the original town of Valdez with each home identified. Thirty-two people died during the quake when a ship sank and the dock was destroyed. Watched a well-done video on the quake and aftermath.



July 10th at Bear Paws Campground, Valdez, AK.
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(If you don't see the "blue line" grab the map and pull it to the left or right and the line will appear - Also the little minus on the left side zooms you out and the plus zooms you in)  

If you would like to see for yourself what we are seeing, click on the "view Larger Map".  Then go to the street view and get a 360 deg view of the roads we are traveling.  I love that feature!



All of those small figures are eagles.  They were just sitting
waiting for the fish I guess.
More eagles were in the trees.  Would have thought they were vultures!
This was interesting and is kind of hard to see as it was mounted
way above our heads.  Sign says:

"The first barrel of North Slope crude oil to arrive in Valdez from
Prudhoe Bay did not come through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.  More than
a year before the 800 mile pipeline was completed, Fairbanks dog musher
Richard “Red” Olson, his son Randy and a team of 21 huskies brought this
barrel of oil to Valdez on this specially built dog sled.  It took them 49
days to complete the journey."

I couldn't resist a picture of the cats "hard day".  This is one of
their favorite spots (our bed).
10:30pm outside our rear window on the Valdez small boat harbor.
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