Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Worthington Glacier and Valdez

Tuesday: (08/23) Oatmeal with diced apples for breakfast. We were off after breakfast toward Valdez.

Fireweed Along Highway 4 Worthington Glacier Near Valdez
Firewood along the road to Valdez. Highway 4, Richardson highway with Worthington glacier in the distance.

Worthington Glacier Near Valdez Worthington Glacier Near Valdez
We stopped at Worthington Glacier for  look and I took a hike out to the edge of the glacier. Not much of a hike since it's probably one of the easiest glaciers to get to. We also enjoyed all the waterfalls along the road.

Valdez Glacier Campground
We chose the Valdez Glacier Campground (above). It's about five miles from town close to the Valdez Glacier but is nice with fairly private campsites and most importantly, doesn't smell like rotten fish.

Salmon Alter Spawning In Valdez Prince William Sound In Valdez
Everywhere around the bay there are thousands of dead or dying salmon, the end product of spawning. Most of the other campgrounds are near those streams, the bay or were just parking lots so we opted for fresher air. Above right nice mountain views in Valdez.

We looked around where Old Valdez was before the 1964 earthquake and looked around the new town. We also explored the far side of the bay off Dayville Road. We got to watch sea gulls, seals, and bears dining on the salmon. We'll be staying here a couple of days before heading back toward Anchorage. We enjoyed a nice sunny morning but returned to drizzle in Valdez. Leftovers for lunch and dinner.

Wednesday: (08/24) Another day in Valdez. Rather overcast and foggy today. We had oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast. We dropped Dawn off at a museum at the college and took a walk down by the harbor. For lunch we stopped a local Mexican restaurant Ernesto's Taqueria. I had the super nachos, a real test for my recently ailing tummy. Dawn had tomales and Lou had a chilli relleno. All was quite good. Dawn continued her musem looking and Lou and I visited the Crooked Creek Visitor Center, watched some eagles across from it, and watched the fish spawning in the creeks. We also examined the local hardware stores. For dinner Lou made chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner.

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