Saturday, September 17, 2016

Back to Anchorage and around town

We found it was time to head back to Anchorage from the Valdez area so we would not be late turning in our motorhome.  The drive turned out to be really beautiful too.

It was really cloudy and foggy too.2016-09-06 13-41-57 - 00302016-09-06 13-42-27 - 00322016-09-06 13-43-53 - 0034Again the colors were awesome.2016-09-06 13-46-32 - 00012016-09-06 13-47-32 - 00032016-09-06 13-48-17 - 00052016-09-06 13-48-23 - 0006As we went around a bend we saw snow!  What??  You guessed it – a glacier!  How cool. 2016-09-06 13-49-57 - 0008A very long glacier.2016-09-06 13-49-59 - 00092016-09-06 13-51-03 - 00112016-09-06 13-52-55 - 0012I was amazed at how long this one was.2016-09-06 13-53-00 - 00142016-09-06 13-53-05 - 00152016-09-06 13-53-17 - 0016And rivers too of course. 2016-09-06 14-14-19 - 00182016-09-06 14-24-59 - 00202016-09-06 14-25-17 - 00232016-09-06 14-31-39 - 0024Really nice drive but the road was one of the more bumpy.  The road was from Valdez thru Glennallen and Palmer.2016-09-06 15-15-44 - 0027

Ted and Marcy were so good.  They, well, Marcy, welcomed us back, gave us a car to use and a key to the house.  Ted left the car and left town so Marcy had houseguests.  We owe them big time for the welcome to us. 

We took the motorhome back to the rental place, Great Alaskan Holidays, nearly a day early.  Well it was due by noon the next day and we saw no reason to keep it overnight in Anchorage.  They told us we put nearly 1,800 miles on it in those eight days we had it.  We did see a lot.

So our last few days we were in Anchorage we did go to see a bit of the town including Earthquake Park.  Beautiful area.

2016-09-07 15-41-55 - 00012016-09-07 15-54-27 - 00042016-09-07 15-58-34 - 00052016-09-07 15-58-37 - 00062016-09-07 15-58-42 - 00072016-09-07 16-01-35 - 0009The view of Anchorage from the park. 2016-09-07 16-10-54 - 0015and a little closer. 2016-09-07 16-10-14 - 00122016-09-07 16-11-58 - 0017And with purple toadstools!  Really pretty. 2016-09-07 16-16-56 - 00182016-09-07 16-17-43 - 0019

The next day we rested. Then Marcy took us out to eat and for another short tour of Anchorage. 

On Friday we would fly out of Anchorage for Vancouver to pick up the truck and make the trek towards home.  Checked Ross’s guitar at the gate and they took really good care of it.  It was sitting waiting for us and the attendant even came to us to let us pick it up.  Great service by Air Canada (but I could do w/o their fees for luggage! Thank you, Southwest Airlines.)

More later.  Penticton, then the drive home.

Friday, September 16, 2016

OK, here comes Valdez, Alaska

Valdez was by far I think the prettiest place we visited.  Well, not Valdez itself, it is a fishing town, but the road leading to it.  I took a bazillion pictures. Slight exaggeration.  There are water falls and glaciers and changing colors everywhere.  The scenery was just fabulous.  Anyone who goes to Alaska needs to see this area. We have decided that if we go back we want to see more of the Kenai area and Valdez.  And of course everyone needs to see Denali.  I hope I am not repeating some pictures from the previous post!  Oh, well, worth a second look.

2016-09-05 14-09-37 - 01022016-09-05 14-09-43 - 01042016-09-05 14-10-02 - 01072016-09-05 14-22-22 - 01092016-09-05 14-32-37 - 01142016-09-05 14-36-41 - 01182016-09-05 14-37-11 - 01202016-09-05 14-51-55 - 01262016-09-05 14-52-01 - 01282016-09-05 14-54-40 - 01322016-09-05 14-55-12 - 01332016-09-05 14-57-41 - 01362016-09-05 14-59-12 - 01372016-09-05 15-03-37 - 01392016-09-05 15-03-41 - 01412016-09-05 15-05-54 - 01442016-09-05 15-12-56 - 01492016-09-05 15-13-01 - 01502016-09-05 15-13-20 - 01532016-09-05 15-14-57 - 01562016-09-05 15-15-19 - 01582016-09-05 15-15-31 - 01592016-09-05 15-15-47 - 01612016-09-05 15-18-23 - 01642016-09-05 15-27-27 - 01672016-09-05 15-29-00 - 01692016-09-05 15-29-04 - 0170What else, Bridal Veil Falls.  One in every state.  2016-09-05 15-30-18 - 01722016-09-05 15-30-26 - 0176

Valdez2016-09-05 16-56-15 - 01772016-09-05 16-56-25 - 01792016-09-05 16-59-07 - 0181Color of the water denotes lots of glacier runoff.  2016-09-05 16-59-52 - 01852016-09-05 17-00-37 - 01872016-09-05 17-06-06 - 01892016-09-05 17-06-54 - 0190These are Horsetail Falls.2016-09-05 17-25-36 - 01942016-09-05 17-26-06 - 01972016-09-05 17-49-36 - 0199Beautiful colors.  But this means winter is coming fast.2016-09-05 18-29-59 - 02042016-09-05 18-33-28 - 0206

OK, more later…

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Back to Anchorage and around town

We found it was time to head back to Anchorage from the Valdez area so we would not be late turning in our motorhome.  The drive turned out to be really beautiful too.

It was really cloudy and foggy too.2016-09-06 13-41-57 - 00302016-09-06 13-42-27 - 00322016-09-06 13-43-53 - 0034Again the colors were awesome.2016-09-06 13-46-32 - 00012016-09-06 13-47-32 - 00032016-09-06 13-48-17 - 00052016-09-06 13-48-23 - 0006As we went around a bend we saw snow!  What??  You guessed it – a glacier!  How cool. 2016-09-06 13-49-57 - 0008A very long glacier.2016-09-06 13-49-59 - 00092016-09-06 13-51-03 - 00112016-09-06 13-52-55 - 0012I was amazed at how long this one was.2016-09-06 13-53-00 - 00142016-09-06 13-53-05 - 00152016-09-06 13-53-17 - 0016And rivers too of course. 2016-09-06 14-14-19 - 00182016-09-06 14-24-59 - 00202016-09-06 14-25-17 - 00232016-09-06 14-31-39 - 0024Really nice drive but the road was one of the more bumpy.  The road was from Valdez thru Glennallen and Palmer.2016-09-06 15-15-44 - 0027

Ted and Marcy were so good.  They, well, Marcy, welcomed us back, gave us a car to use and a key to the house.  Ted left the car and left town so Marcy had houseguests.  We owe them big time for the welcome to us. 

We took the motorhome back to the rental place, Great Alaskan Holidays, nearly a day early.  Well it was due by noon the next day and we saw no reason to keep it overnight in Anchorage.  They told us we put nearly 1,800 miles on it in those eight days we had it.  We did see a lot.

So our last few days we were in Anchorage we did go to see a bit of the town including Earthquake Park.  Beautiful area.

2016-09-07 15-41-55 - 00012016-09-07 15-54-27 - 00042016-09-07 15-58-34 - 00052016-09-07 15-58-37 - 00062016-09-07 15-58-42 - 00072016-09-07 16-01-35 - 0009The view of Anchorage from the park. 2016-09-07 16-10-54 - 0015and a little closer. 2016-09-07 16-10-14 - 00122016-09-07 16-11-58 - 0017And with purple toadstools!  Really pretty. 2016-09-07 16-16-56 - 00182016-09-07 16-17-43 - 0019

The next day we rested. Then Marcy took us out to eat and for another short tour of Anchorage. 

On Friday we would fly out of Anchorage for Vancouver to pick up the truck and make the trek towards home.  Checked Ross’s guitar at the gate and they took really good care of it.  It was sitting waiting for us and the attendant even came to us to let us pick it up.  Great service by Air Canada (but I could do w/o their fees for luggage! Thank you, Southwest Airlines.)

More later.  Penticton, then the drive home.

OK, here comes Valdez, Alaska

Valdez was by far I think the prettiest place we visited.  Well, not Valdez itself, it is a fishing town, but the road leading to it.  I took a bazillion pictures. Slight exaggeration.  There are water falls and glaciers and changing colors everywhere.  The scenery was just fabulous.  Anyone who goes to Alaska needs to see this area. We have decided that if we go back we want to see more of the Kenai area and Valdez.  And of course everyone needs to see Denali.  I hope I am not repeating some pictures from the previous post!  Oh, well, worth a second look.

2016-09-05 14-09-37 - 01022016-09-05 14-09-43 - 01042016-09-05 14-10-02 - 01072016-09-05 14-22-22 - 01092016-09-05 14-32-37 - 01142016-09-05 14-36-41 - 01182016-09-05 14-37-11 - 01202016-09-05 14-51-55 - 01262016-09-05 14-52-01 - 01282016-09-05 14-54-40 - 01322016-09-05 14-55-12 - 01332016-09-05 14-57-41 - 01362016-09-05 14-59-12 - 01372016-09-05 15-03-37 - 01392016-09-05 15-03-41 - 01412016-09-05 15-05-54 - 01442016-09-05 15-12-56 - 01492016-09-05 15-13-01 - 01502016-09-05 15-13-20 - 01532016-09-05 15-14-57 - 01562016-09-05 15-15-19 - 01582016-09-05 15-15-31 - 01592016-09-05 15-15-47 - 01612016-09-05 15-18-23 - 01642016-09-05 15-27-27 - 01672016-09-05 15-29-00 - 01692016-09-05 15-29-04 - 0170What else, Bridal Veil Falls.  One in every state.  2016-09-05 15-30-18 - 01722016-09-05 15-30-26 - 0176

Valdez2016-09-05 16-56-15 - 01772016-09-05 16-56-25 - 01792016-09-05 16-59-07 - 0181Color of the water denotes lots of glacier runoff.  2016-09-05 16-59-52 - 01852016-09-05 17-00-37 - 01872016-09-05 17-06-06 - 01892016-09-05 17-06-54 - 0190These are Horsetail Falls.2016-09-05 17-25-36 - 01942016-09-05 17-26-06 - 01972016-09-05 17-49-36 - 0199Beautiful colors.  But this means winter is coming fast.2016-09-05 18-29-59 - 02042016-09-05 18-33-28 - 0206

OK, more later…