The Road to Valdez

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Matanuska Glacier

Today is our 40th anniversary.  We planned to drive to Valdez which was not a particularly long drive, but since we had not had a chance to see the Matanuska Glacier we decided to backtrack a little to take a few pictures before hooking up the trailer.  The rain had lessened which allowed us to get a few pictures of the glacier.  It is quite a long glacier and it can be seen stretching back through the mountains from the road.  When we arrived at the glacier viewpoint there were two juvenile goshawks sitting on the rail.  They finally flew off allowing us to get pictures of the glacier.

Then we hooked up and headed east.  The rain continued as we drove the Glenn Highway, obscuring the views we may have had.  It finally stopped as we neared Glen Allen.

We turned south on the Richardson Highway toward Valdez. 

There are several nice areas for photos along the Richardson including the Worthington Glacier, Bridal Veil Fall and Horsetail Falls.

We also had to cross Thompson Pass.  This mountain pass gets so much snow they used guide poles for the snow plows. 

By the time we arrived in Valdez the rain had started once again.  We can only hope it will let up by Tuesday when we are planning a boat trip on Prince William Sound.

We ended the day with dinner at Mike’s Palace.

Tomorrow is laundry day once again.

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Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier
Meandering Matanuska Glacier
Meandering Matanuska Glacier
Pair of goshawks
Pair of goshawks
Juvenile goshawk
Juvenile goshawk
Willow Lake
Willow Lake
Cloud covered mountians
Cloud covered mountians
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls
Valdez
photo by: kingelvis14