Sunday, August 12, 2012

Little Switzerland

The sun came out and we were able to get a better view of the Valdez area. WOW, now the clouds are mostly gone, we can see that we are surrounded by glacier snow covered mountains. Just beautiful.

We drove back towards Worthington Glacier as we hadn't been able to see it on our way here due to the cloudy weather. Beautiful views on the way.

We took a short walk to see the Glacier. Some were walking right up to the Glacier. People hike up on the glacier but you do need to be careful as there are crevices that you could fall into.

Waterfalls right next to the Glacier.

There are 26 waterfalls on this road. Just amazing.

On this weekend we visited the Valdez Glacier several times. It was Savannah's favorite as we let her off her leash and she had a ball running around, even getting her paws wet in the cold glacier waters.

We also visited Dayville Road by the fish hatchery hoping to see bears. Success, our first bear spotting in the whole time we have been in Alaska. We only saw bears in Canada in the earlier part of our trip. We saw both Saturday and Sunday the same bear cub. We heard the previous week there was a mother and four cubs but there were such large crowds of people, the rangers had to move the bears to another area for safety purposes.

We also saw an eagle up in the trees

On Sunday we went to Valdez Glacier again. A guy was kayaking out to get some ice to take home. We talked to the couple who are originally from Ohio. They came up to Alaska on vacation 30 years ago, fell in love with it and moved up here and have been here ever since, raising 7 kids!!!

We stopped at Peter Pan Seafood Market on Saturday and then back on Sunday. Their prices were very good, much cheaper than we had seen in Homer. We bought halibut, red salmon, cod and scallops and some smoked salmon for appetizers. Nothing beats Alaska wild caught fish. They flash freeze right after it is caught and when you defrost and cook it, it tastes fresh out of the sea. I think we will be eating fish for awhile. We spent a total of $150.00 and the fish filled almost half our freezer.

We stayed through Monday to watch the Olympics and the closing ceremony. Our next stop is only 25 miles. When we drove out to Worthington Glacier, we had stopped at Blueberry Lake Campground, a state park I had read about and loved it. We will stop there before heading towards Tok and onto the Canadian border. We loved Valdez and hope for a return trip here some day.

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