In traveling from Glenallen to Valdez, we stopped to view a glacier
and a waterfalls
The port of Valdez was named in 1790 by the Spanish explorer Salvador Fidalgo after the Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdés y Fernández Bazán. A scam to lure prospectors off the Klondike Gold Rush trail led to the town being developed there in 1898.
Some steamship companies promoted the Valdez Glacier Trail as a better route for miners to reach the Klondike gold fields than that from Skagway. The prospectors who believed the promotion found that they had been deceived. The glacier trail was twice as long and steep as reported, and many men died attempting the crossing. The deception was promoted because the steamship companies where returning to Valdez empty from delivering their fish from the port.
Finding themselves stranded in Valdez, they settled there. However the town did not flourish until after the construction of the Richardson Highway in 1899, which connected Valdez and Fairbanks. With a new road and its ice-free port, Valdez became permanently established as the first overland supply route into the interior of Alaska. This was further enhanced when Valdez found itself the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline.
The Valdez fire department had a unique tribute to 9-11
We went to Valdez Port to board a catamaran to take us to the Meares Glacier, which is on the Prince William Sound.
Barbara was an able pilot
On the way we saw eagles
Some of them brought their kids along
In fact, lots of seals
You are probably impressed that I can name these birds. Actually, I have a book, Birds of North America, that helps me.