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Friday, August 6, 2010


We moved on to Valdez, what a beautiful drive pass glaciers, thru a canyon and pass waterfalls.
We are staying in Bay View RV park on the edge of town.
Here's a few interesting facts on the town;
Valdez is where in 1989 tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline oil terminal is across the harbor.
It is Alaska's northernmost ice-free port.
Cruise companies take tourists into Prince William Sound to see whales or fish for salmon.
(We are taking a cruise tomorrow to see glaciers and wildlife.)
In 1964, the Great Alaska Earthquake, and an accompanying tidal wave, destroyed Valdez. The town was moved to a new and safer place.
The annual snowfall in the city is over 25 feet.
The first Alaska highway started here to Fairbanks.
Population is just over 4,000.
This weekend they are celebrating how the town got started during Alaskan Gold Rush with parade and other activities.

This is part of the Kennecott mine with the Kennecott glacier in the background from our drive into Wrangell-St. Elias NP a couple of days ago.
After our first night in Glennallen the people at the RV park tweaked their internet, made it secure so secure we couldn't get on again.

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