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Copper River Princess to Valdez

Posted by on June 16, 2010

Today we packed up from the Copper River Princess Adventure Lodge and headed south through the Thompson pass and into Valdez. The weather was less then ideal but we had a good enough time. We knew that the mountains in this area are not vey high and we could still see the base of most mountains through the clouds.

We made a few stops in spite of the drizzle. We stopped at Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier, Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls. I got to test the Gortex liner in my new Danner boots, because when I was climbing up the falls, I slipped and my foot went in right the water, up over my ankle. I was pleased to find that not one drop of water got inside my boot. I was quite impressed.

We ate our lunch here, Salmon sandwiches mom had made earlier, cookies and apple juice. And then on down the road to the unfinished train tunnel and one other stop by the river. Not a very good day for photography but it still stirred up memories for everyone.

Valdez had changed a lot since mom and dad were here almost 40 years ago. We toured most of the streets and checked out some gift shops. We went to the Sea Otter RV park to show mom and dad where we stayed last year, but they were boarded up, pretty sad. We went to Carrs for some more supplies and t-shirts and then we went to supper. The fellow at the ferry office were we got our tickets recommended a place called Mikes Palace, so we went to check it out. It is not very flashy from the outside, but it’s quite nice inside. Dad and I had halibut and Mom and Kara had a assortment of salmon, halibut, shrimp and scallops in a white sauce. We have to get to bed early because we have to be up at 3:00am to catch our ferry.

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