Anchorage to Valdez, Aug. 14th


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Since I met Bill, my brother in law, and found out he was from Alaska I have been on him to get a trip set up to his hometown of Valdez. After a couple of years of talking about it the opportunity opened itself for this week (August 14th – 21st). In the days leading up to the trip I did not sleep a night through in anticipation of the trip. The trip is already worth it and we have only made the trip from Anchorage to Valdez. I just wanted to do a quick post this morning before we head out from what sounds like a marathon day of hiking. So I’ll do this quick.

We arrived in Anchorage at about 12:00 in the afternoon and set out for Valdez. Our trip started with a right turn onto Richardson Hwy and ended with a right turn at the Bryson’s home. The interesting thing is that in the 300+ miles from Anchorage to Valdez there is only one other right turn. I found out road maps in Alaska really aren’t a necessity. The trip which normally takes 6 hours we stretched into 9. This was because of me and making them stop about every 5 miles. Ok, not quite that often, but I am sure that’s what it seemed like to everyone else. All I can say about the drive is that it is beautiful and amazing. It’s hard to put into words the feeling of how small you feel when driving through these valleys with such openness with towering mountains on either side. One picture that I will put on here that puts into perspective, is a picture of sheep on the side of the mountain. This picture is taken with a 300mm lens and they are still specks in the photo. I better get going, I hear them getting ready upstairs for a trip down to the harbor to sign up for our cruise out to Meares Glacier, which is what we are doing Monday.

4 Responses to “Anchorage to Valdez, Aug. 14th”

  1. Annie says:

    Wowza! Beautiful pictures. Scott really wants the one with the fish. I’d love to take a trip up there someday. I would finally be free to roam through the countryside……No Poison Ivy!!!!! Although, in looking that up, they have a plant (cow parsnip) that when the chemical gets on your skin it makes you more sensitive to the sun. That would be my kryptonite!
    Can’t wait to see more pics!

  2. april says:

    Looks like you are already having tons of fun… We miss you, but can’t wait to see all your pictures and hear all your stories!
    Don’t make my dad work too hard. 😉


    PS- Annie cracks me up~ looking up poison ivy (and now cow parsnip!).

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