It remained busy most of the night so we both slept with our earplugs in. Much too hectic in this town for our liking. Time to move on!
The road out of Valdez goes by the old town of Valdez -- where it was located before the 9.2 magnitude earthquake on 27 March 1964. I remember that earthquake when it happened as our home was affected. Dad took me and my baby brother on a road trip through Valdez in November 1964 on our way to see the Veterans Day parade in Anchorage. The devastation was incredible to see.
Across the port the pipeline terminus is also visible on a clear day.
Then away from civilization again.
In Keystone Canyon, we stopped by the "Old Railroad Tunnel". Apparently this tunnel was hand cut, then there was some sort of gun battle. The tunnel was never finished.
We had stopped at Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls on our way into Valdez so didn't stop on the way out. Just as well, both areas were very busy with bus tours.
The climb up to Thompson Pass provides views of more glaciers.
And more climbing and more glaciers ...
At the top of the climb, there is a large pull off by a small lake. We had wondered whether this would be a good spot to overnight, if one were so inclined. It was a lovely spot with some narrow paths down to the lakeshore.
The views from the gravel pull off were also stunning.
Next stop was Worthington Glacier. We didn't stop on the way to Valdez as it was getting late in the day when we went by. Today was a great day to visit the glacier!
Worthington Glacier has receded a great deal since our first visit in September 1993.
At the junction for the Edgerton Highway we turned east towards Kenny Lake. Kenny Lake has the distinction for having the most expensive fuel of our whole trip. Try not to fill up there.
From Kenny Lake, turned south towards Chitina. Drove through the very small town of Chitina to the Copper River to look for a spot to leave the fifth wheel while we drove to McCarthy tomorrow.
Checked out the recreation site at the river but it wasn't well maintained and none of the sites appealed to us. So crossed the highway to the large open area alongside the river.
There were numerous folks camped here & there, and also some fisherman. After chatting with a few of the folks who appeared to be "residents", we learned that it is a free-for-all. Park where you wish, but respect the signs marking private lands.
It was VERY windy. The first spot we considered was much too windy; the fifth wheel was swaying! So moved to a spot behind some trees. Despite the wind, Steve still wanted a fire.
The wind meant no bugs though. Several other people pulled in and set up for the night too. It was a good spot even with the trees bending in the wind.