Day 30, 6/28/15, Sunday
Weather: Fair for the most of the day. Scattered sprinkles in late afternoon. The temperature was in the low-sixties.
The Sourdough Camp Grounds provided a very quiet night for sleeping. However, in the morning as we prepared the camper for the day’s travel, the amount of large flies and mosquitos was heavy. Gail had warned us before we left. She had experienced these pesky critters when she visited Alaska two years ago.
We headed off with the intention of going to Glennallen and staying there for a couple of days. However, when we arrived there it was not at all what we expected so our plans changed and we made Valdez our new destination. This drive was about 120 miles and was going to take about three hours. Valdez is located on the west coast and is the ocean port where the Alaska pipeline terminates. This is also the port that had the terrible oil spill when the oil tanker, Exxon Valdez, ran aground and caused an oil spill that polluted the natural surroundings, marine, and animal life. They experienced more recently a severe flood from a tsunami.
Throughout the drive, we stopped at many of the overlooks to view the beautiful mountains and glaciers The closer we came to Valdez the prettier the mountains became. The mountain tops were covered with snow and many glaciers were seen. One of the noticeable differences with this range of mountains was how they gently flowed down to actually meet the road. The mountain vegetation did not have the usual tree growth because of the altitude but the mountain sides were aglow with many shades of green. Paul commented that the appearance of the lower part of the mountains reminded him of the mountains in the west of Ireland.
We arrived in town late in the afternoon and registered at the Bayside RV Park which is located in the port area (N 61.1301° W-146.343637°, elevation 0). Around the campfire tonight Gail got many suggestions regarding the “must see” sights here in Valdez. Tomorrow we will relax and probably walk through town to see what it has to offer. Paul is interested in checking on the status of the salmon run to see if it is a good time for him to take his rods out and try his luck.
G & P