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Valdez July 4th Celebrations

Monday, July 6th, 2009

When we left Wrangell-St Elias to head for Valdez, our gas was down to a quarter tank. We had burned at lot of gas going back and forth into the park the last 3 days. We did have an extra 5 gallon tank just in case. We arrived at gas station with low gas light on.

When we got to Glennallen, we were told about their noontime July 4th community salmon bake behind the library. We went. It was very interesting to see a small Alaskan community celebrate the 4th in a picnic atmosphere. We had plenty of salmon, hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, etc., sitting on the playing field watching the youth play Ultimate Frisbee. There was no charge! We made a donation to local Lions Club who put on the feast.

When we got to the RV park in Valdez about 4 pm, we were told of the Salmon Bake potluck that they were having at 6 PM. Since we got there late, we were exempted from bringing something. The owner used to be a commercial salmon fisherman. He often swaps cases of beer with his friends for garbage cans full of salmon for his RV Salmon Bakes.

The noontime salmon was cooked is smokers. The evening salmon was grilled with blacken spices. The food at the potluck was fabulous. Milly appreciated not having to prepare food for the day.

The evening fireworks seemed to last forever. People had their own and started blasting about 8 pm. The noise didn’t stop until well past midnight. We heard the town fireworks go off but had already settled into bed.

Columbia Glacier – Valdez July 5, 2009

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

We took  a 7 hour Stan Stevens wildlife/glacier tour to Columbia Glacier on July 5th.

Throught out the Valdez area there was a haze caused by smoke from several fires.  It got worse each day we were in Valdez. This tended to hurt the ability to fully capture scenary.

We saw humpback whales, sea lions, sea outers and eagles on our way to the Columbia Glacier.

The boat could only get about 10 miles from the Glacier. Ice bergs and solid ice choked the area in front of the Glacier. We also watched the Salmon fishing boats pull in their catch and a tender boat vacuum the catch from the nets.

We took a day off from all activity on July 6th. Tomorrow we are going to Blueberry Lake State Park about 20 miles away. We will visit Worthington Glacier. Then we plan to go to McCarthy in Wrangell-St Elias Park for 2 days.