valdez

we had a great time in valdez.  after a rainy start on sunday and monday, tuesday and wednesday were gorgeous.  i love driving the glenn highway north of anchorage into the interior this time of year.  the fall colors are out.  i also think some of the most striking landscape is in the sheep mountain area around the matanuska glacier.

the rains and fog got heavy in thompson pass, but even with the rainy weather, there was no missing bridal veil falls.

what you see in the picture is probably the bottom quarter of the falls.  zelda also took her first driving lesson on sunday once we were at camp.  we also learned her hair has grown so much that her stocking caps no longer fit well.

 

on monday morning we had an early wake-up call from a black bear.  while we didn’t come face to face with the bear initially since we were inside our tent and he/she was knocking at our (nylon) door, we did see him/her or his/her cousin later that morning from the safety of our car.

the rain cleared by monday evening and we took an after dinner walk.  zelda’s there, but cuddled close to my back sound asleep.

on tuesday while zach headed off to meetings, zelda and i explored valdez and the surrounding areas.    it was all breathtaking.  unfortunately, our attempt at a self-portrait didn’t quite work.  however, as with all food related adventures, the snack at the harbor after our hike was a roaring success.

also valdez has lots of bunnies just hanging around.  they are wild, but not fearful of humans at all.  zelda enjoyed pointing those out.

the drive home yesterday was nice and the view was clear.  mountains we didn’t see on the way down were out in full view.  this mountain is part of the big three or four that you can see from the richardson highway that are in wrangell st. elias national park.  i think this is mt. blackburn, which is 16,390 ft.  the whole park is impressive.  according to the park service it is 13.2 million acres which is bigger than the country of Switzerland.

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