Thursday 27th June, 2019
Our first stop across the border and into Alaska was the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. I really like the grass roof on the visitor center. How do they mow that????
The Refuge had a very nice free campground and canoe use.
I was the Captain and the crew sat behind.
Take me to the waterlilies.
There were lots in bloom.
They have very intricate stamens.
Moving on to Valdez we passed through some major road construction. Due to permafrost most of the roads buckle up and have potholes and frost heaves. The work crews are on the job 24/7 through the short summer months to try and keep the roads driveable.
This was a pretty smooth section and the snowy mountains beckoned us on.
Valdez was loaded with lupines.
We were crammed in like sardines at the campground.
However the view were spectacular.
Dean made me do this.
Snowy mountains surround this pretty port.
This is a popular halibut fishing area.
There were many big catches.
We chatted with a couple who had taken a fishing trip and were having their 100+ pounds of halibut vacuum sealed and frozen and then shipped to Georgia.
We had a nice hike in the mountains.
This guy demonstrated his skill on his onewheel skateboard. He can travel quite a few miles on one charge.
I needed a little cool down and a patch of snow worked nicely.
The mountain lakes had crystal clear water.
I have never seen so many waterfalls. This one is called bridal veil.
Moving on to Seward.