Once we left Seward, we traveled back up the Kenai Peninsula, along Turnagain Arm, through Anchorage and on to Palmer for the night. From Palmer, we headed to Valdez, another city on the ocean. We traveled through Thompson pass, surrounded by glaciers and then a long, slow downhill descent to sea level.
We stayed at a park facing the harbor and surrounded by mountains. We saw them every once in awhile when the clouds parted. Even the Alaska Pipeline storage facility was shrouded in clouds most of our stay there.
We saw tens of thousands of salmon spawning at the fish hatchery east of Valdez. We were told it was a good place to see bears so we made several trips, high tide, low tide, then on our last evening there we saw a black bear eating salmon and fishing for more.
It was a good stop, even though it rained all three days. Now we travel four days in order to get to Skagway. I apologize for not writing sooner, but we’ve been busy and without service at some stops.