Thursday, August 16, 2012

Valdez, Alaska ~ Driving There Is Half The Fun!

I'm almost done finishing up my posts
 from my great Alaskan adventure.  

Today I'm sharing our trip to Valdez.

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When you hear Valdez, I'm sure the first thing that comes to mind
is the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez was 
the name of the oil supertanker that ran aground on Bligh Reef
spilling 10.8 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound.
You can learn more about this environmental disaster here.

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There is so much I could say about Valdez,
 but decided to let the pictures speak for themselves. 
Don't worry, I provided links below with great information

 FIRST, let me start with a few photos from our drive from Anchorage 
to Valdez, along Glenn Highway/National Scenic Byway and Richardson 
Highway.  The drive is a breathtaking 300 mile adventure through the 
Chugach Mountains and the Chugach National Forest.

Click here to learn about Glenn Highway.
Click here to learn about Richardson Highway.
Click here to learn about Chugach National Forest.
Click here to learn more about the Chugach Mountains.
Click here for driving directions from Anchorage to Valdez.

Our drive from Anchorage to Valdez (mid-July) was roughly 5 1/2 hours.




This is what we were stuck behind for a while....YIKES!!!











 Bridal Veil Falls (Richardson Highway)
Click here to learn more about the falls.


video

Below is Worthington Glacier (Richardson Highway)
Click here here to learn more.


VALDEZ, ALASKA
Click here to learn more about Valdez.

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The Great Alaska Earthquake on March 27, 1964
also known as the Good Friday Earthquake, devastated Valdez.
You can learn more about this day in history here & here.

Click here to see a 2 minute video on this natural disaster.
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Valdez Small Boat Harbor
Click here to learn more.









Right when we pulled into town, they were just finishing
 weighing the day's catch for the Valdez Fish Derbies!

You can learn all about Valdez Fish Derbies here.




video

If you ever have the chance to visit Alaska, 
this is a great destination to add to your list!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love this post! We were so lucky to have such great weather! I love you! Xoxoxo

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh I so want to go to Alaska someday! What gorgeous picks. Looks like a beautiful ride up to Valdez.

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Mary, Looks like your trip was a wonderful get away!!! I'm loving all the pics you are sharing.

Mary ~ said...

Love you too. We were VERY lucky - so beautiful!

Mary ~ said...

Hi Danni,
The drive was just beautiful. I hope you make it to Alaska one day - if you go, let me know...I'll give you some travel tips, I have a few!

Mary ~ said...

Hi Lisa,
Thank you. It was a great trip! You really can't take a bad picture with all of Alaska's beauty. Always fun to see your comments. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

Kory-Michelle Lenahan said...
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Kory-Michelle Lenahan said...

I live in Valdez Alaska :) not always so beautiful but I love the pictures you got of the waterfall. Horsetail and Bridal Veil falls are my favorite.