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Aug 17, 2019 - Silver On!!

We have been to Klutina Salmon Charters 3 times now. The owners, Glenn and Jay, are great. You won't find better hosts. They go out of their way to make sure you have the best fishing experience on the Klutina and Gulkana Rivers. You can do 1/2 or full day charters for reds or kings with one of their experienced and knowledgeable guides or fish for those famous Copper River reds right from the bank in the campground. Only folks staying in the campground can do that so it is not crowded - totally unlike that crazy combat fishing on the...

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Jul 23, 2019 - Valdez

We made it to Valdez today in the rain. Funny thing is, I was here 10 years ago and it rained the whole time then too. We are staying at the Eagles Res RV Park. Hope we get a couple of clear days for some better pictures. My motor for the hydraulic leveling and slide-outs will be here Friday and I will do my best to do the repairs myself. The Motor did not arrive on Friday and was rescheduled for Monday, fingers crossed. Marci and I enjoyed the wildlife and Glacier tour we took at Seward and decided to go on another here in Valdez. We went...

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North to Alaska 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - Valdez

The drive to Valdez is very beautiful. Palmer is on the Glenn Highway which intersects the Richardson Highway at Glennallen. The Richardson Highway is the highway that goes from Valdez to Delta Junction and then on to Fairbanks. This basically is the route of the Alaska Pipeline which carries crude oil about 700 miles from Prudhoe Bay to the ship loading terminals across the bay from Valdez. Along the Glenn Highway we passed the Matanuska Glacier which runs north out of the Chugach Mountains to the valley along the Glenn Highway. For the...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Visiting Valdez

This morning we hooked up the truck & trailer (in the rain...again). Our trip took us up highways 1 & 4, a pretty drive with some road construction. It was fun driving on the muddy road (NOT), I asked Pete at one point if the truck was sliding a bit in the mud....he said a little....great ! Anyways, all was well & our drive was uneventful all the way to Valdez. Because of the rain there were so many waterfalls running down the mountain sides, gave us some beautiful sights.

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Aug 3, 2018 - Our Last Two Days in Valdez

We have had a great week in Valdez. This is probably our favorite little town in Alaska. Very nice people and a very clean little town. They are trying to promote tourism so time will tell how it holds up. Went halibut fishing yesterday. The charter boat left at 6:00 a.m. and returned to the dock at 7:30 p.m. That's a long day on rough waters and in the rain. I was fortunate enough to catch a 75 pound halibut which is currently flying back to my freezer. I booked it first class so it should arrive safely. Halibut fishing was a bucket list...

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Jul 31, 2018 - Valdez Helicopter Tour

IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!!!!! If you are ever in Valdez, you have to take this 2 hour and 20 minute helicopter tour with VS Helicptor. They could not have done anything better. Leigh, was our pilot and guide for the tour. We felt very safe and secure with her as she is the Chief Pilot and also is a Search and Rescue Pilot. Her knowledge of the glaciers is unsurpassed. Our flight was super smooth and the scenery is such that you could not possibly imagine. Experiencing the glaciers by helicopter is by far the best way to see...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Valdez

We headed out of the Kenai Peninsula with an overnight stop in Wasilla and then on to Valdez.It was a beautiful sunny day and in the 70s. We did not expect a pretty drive but again to our surprise we went though the Wrangell Mountain Range. UNBELIEVABLE. We have been in so many great mountain areas, it's hard to keep track, but this may be the prettiest one yet. Coming into Valdez is the Keystone Canyon which was beautiful. Inside the the canyon was Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls. Valdez is known ans the waterfall city. They are...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Valdez, Alaska

Headed to Valdez for a three day stay and a bit of a respite from all the recent travel. Valdez is beautiful. Totally surrounded by snow capped mountains and lush green hillsides. We've had our first mostly rainy days. Chilly too. We managed to get a bike ride in during one of the breaks from the rain. And some walks around the town and harbor. We've been watching the fish getting cleaned and gutted. The people doing it are fast and efficient. And we've seen some big halibut. The record caught last year was 327 lbs by a woman named Freida!!

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Jul 4, 2018 - Third day in Valdez

After breakfast at the Fat Mermaid, we went to the two museums; museum number one, which gave a lot of history about the area and the Exxon Valdez disaster. We then went to the Fourth of July parade which was was enjoyed by all. We then went to museum number two, which gave a lot more information about the 1964 earthquake, old Valdez, and the move of the town after the earthquake. We drove to the old town site, where we found the locations of where the post office had been as well as other buildings. Probably the main reason that they had...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Second day in Valdez

Slept in, did laundry, then explored Valdez. This is a neat place, with mountains all around, roughly 4,000 residents. The harbor here is pretty well stocked with a variety of boats, but it has a lot of heavy fishing boats. There is an nice high observation point near the civic center, but as usual, it is hard to capture it all in a photograph. The epicenter of the 9.2 1964 earthquake was 45 miles from here. I read yesterday that the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster didn’t reach into Valdez, but of course did a lot of damage...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Morning in Whittier then ferry to Valdez

Spent the morning walking around Whittier. Our host told us last night not to worry since "our building is earthquake resistant and at an elevation above any tsunami that might come". Found the pedestrian tunnel connecting the town which is split by the railway yard. The harbor is nice with a lot of fishing boats. Enjoyed a harbor side coffee and danish that was especially good on this beautiful sunny morning. We walked up from the towers toward the glacial stream. Nice walk on a nice day in good company! The ferry ride was 5:45 and was...

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May 29, 2018 - Rainy Valdez

Down day. Weather in Valdez was low clouds, fog, drizzle, and rain – Again. We had a slow start to our morning and took a short walk in between showers to visit a local coffee shop and the grocery. Back in the RV, it was relaxing, watching some TV, and reading. Mid-afternoon, the clouds lifted and we took a scenic walk up to the overlook behind the convention center and had a nice chat with a couple from Maine. Back at the RV we decided it was time for chores and did some laundry. Dinner was left overs and we ate while it rained yet again....

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