We had expected more of it, and we have been incredibly lucky this trip, but it finally came to pass. We drove through some of the most beautiful mountains in Alaska, but the rain and overcast made it difficult to see them. We stopped at Worthington Glacier, but didn’t walk to the base of it because of the rain. Another stop at Bridal Veil Falls included more light rain.
We spent three days in Valdez, and it there was a gentle rain almost the whole time. However, that didn’t stop us from enjoying several museums, watching the fishing boats in the harbor, and looking for wildlife. We did get to see many bald eagles and several bears, seals and sea otters out toward Allison Point, but the most impressive view was of the salmon at the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is right on the harbor, so they have a weir across the stream that prevents the fish from swimming upstream. Not many of the fish were being let into the hatchery, however, so thousands of them pressed together in almost a solid layer of flopping and jumping fish – an amazing site.