Who ever named this boat understands why "sunny daze" in Valdez are so prized. Clear blue skies here illuminate snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacier fed rivers. Contrast these colors with the blue waters of the ocean sound and the deep evergreen fir trees, why you have the makings of an artist's painting.
Traveling down a side dirt road to see the Valdez Glacier, we came upon a junk yard that only Fred Sanford (1970's TV show: Sanford & Son) would appreciate.
Ronnie's "eagle eye" saw this unusual snowmobile.
A view of
Here the river of glacier water and silt flows towards the ocean sound.
A view of Robe Lake.
We drove by the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery several times on our drive out to Alison Point. There seemed to be a lot of construction there but on this past drive, we noticed tourists there so we pulled in to explore. No salmon to see yet but we could stroll around the fish ladders and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and the Port of Valdez.
Across from the Hatchery is the scenic Solomon Gulch. This cascading waterfall originates from a dammed lake high above the canyon. There is a nice hike to the lake (John Hunter Memorial Trail) but there is the risk of bears, you know.
One hike we felt fairly safe on was the Overlook Trail, located in downtown Valdez. Yes, bears have been seen in the parking lot but none there this day. Here is one final view of the town of Valdez from the lookout platform.
More Later as we "Eas-on Down The Road" to the Kenai Peninsula and Homer, Alaska.