My stay at Valdez was timed with the salmon run and the first night I was there they were in the weir with the seal lions catching them. As the days went and the run got stronger the sheer number of fish was amazing. Instead of filling maybe 1/3 of the area in front of the weir they totally filled it and you could look outside it and see them.
There were also seals and sea otters in the area but none of them came into the weirs and they seemed to stay away from the sea lions. The sea gulls were everywhere, trying to grab bits of fish.
Every day started out foggy but then it burned off by around lunch time. Early one evening I headed back up the highway to see if the light would be right on Bridal Veil Falls, sure enough it was and I even saw a rainbow in the falls.
I found a good camping spot (no hookups) right across the road from the water and a very short drive to the weir. I made a few trips a day, sort of timed by the tides. High tide the sea lions would come in very close for the salmon, low tide I went further down the road to the large mud flats. That’s where the eagles hang out for the scraps.
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Saturday evening I didn’t see any bears but there was an impressive rainbow late in the evening. Sunday was wet all day, a good day to get things accomplished.
Monday dawned bright and sunny, a great day for the cruise to Columbia Glacier.
Soon after leaving Valdez harbor we found a raft of sea otters.Then we found masses of sea lions(I have no idea what a group of sea lions is called).
Then it was on to Columbia Glacier. Fred, the Captain of the LuLuBelle, kept up a running & very informative commentary but I don’t remember the details. Suffice it to say the glacier is huge.
We got to see a good sized piece break off, however it sort of shattered as it did so. You never know when it will break off as a solid piece or shatter. The large chunks of ice in the water were reminders that it isn’t always going to shatter.
Near the glacier we came across more sea otters, this time on a piece of ice. They were uncertain about us but didn’t all dive into the water, which is where they feel safest.
I’m leaving Valdez Tuesday, not exactly sure of my route, but it will be roughly north (have to go north to get to the road south). with maybe a few stops along the way. This rv park, Bay Side has been very convenient, with E&W hookups and fast wifi I’ve been a bit spoiled. Will be back to dry camping and being more independent when I get back on the road. That is fine, along with the conveniences comes tight parking with lots of rvs, no scenic spot in the woods.
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