Jul 31, 2010

Seward Trip

From Whittier, we drove to Seward. The weather wasn't good that day but it was a good trip anyway.

I don't know what's the name of this waterfall but it's right in Seward City

Looking toward Seward City

In front of Alaska Sea life Aquarium.

I think this dog is just so cute.

On our way to Exit Glacier

Path going up to Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier in Seward

Heading back to the Exit Glacier visitor center

The Exit Glacier on the bright sunny day.
(this picture is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1055_-_exit_glacier.jpg)

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Seward Trip

Jul 30, 2010

Whittier, Alaska

This was our trip from Valdez to Whittier. We left Valdez about 5am and arrived in Whittier at 10:45am. It was rainy and foggy going out of Valdez harbor.

Leaving Valdez harbor

Don Burnett (Forest Service Guide) talks about glaciers, fishing in the Prince William Sound, sea otters, and other wildlife in the area.

Iceberg. What you see is only 10% of the ice and the 90% is under water.

Icebergs from the Columbia glacier

Fact about Prince William Sound
It was just a gloomy day. Welcome to the Whittier

This building was condemned because of asbestos contamination. It's unclear who owns the building and I think no one wants to claim it.

During Winter, the Whittier residents live in two buildings and walk through underground tunnels to get access to the other building. One of the building has the school, clinic, and everything else.
This is one of the building

And the other one. The population in that town is less than 300.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel and they are it! Going to Whittier by road, you have to go through 2.5 mile tunnel. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Going through this tunnel is timed because it's one lane and it's shared with the rail.

Waiting for our turn to go through the tunnel

coming out of 2.5mile tunnel. It was cool!

Portage Glacier

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Trip to Whittier

Jul 28, 2010

Big Change

So much had happened in the last month, sorry I didn't had the time post anything. I am now in Bellingham, Washington. We drove down from Alaska thru Canada and we arrived here last week. We didn't get our house sold in Fairbanks but we had it rented out..Moving is not easy, lots and lots of work. We haven't unpack yet because the house were in right now is full of stuff too. I will be posting pictures later when I get the time. I miss reading the posts of all of my blog friends, soon I will have time.

Jul 8, 2010

Fairbanks to Valdez

Approximately 360 miles or about 6 hr drive. These are the pictures I've taken during our trip.

The Knotty Shop - Had to stop there  for some ice cream. About 31miles out of town toward Valdez
The Tanana River
Tanana Bridge
Fort Greely just outside of Delta Junction
The Delta River
Pump Station 10. Joel had work there for 14 months during the building of the pipeline. It's about 145 miles from Fairbanks.

They called this rainbow mountain but the sun wasn't out so we didn't see the full colors of the rocks
Pipeline going over the hill.
The Summit Lake
Almost to Valdez
The Worthington Glacier is about 25miles to Valdez
Joel at the Worthington Park
Water breaking through ice at Thompson Pass
Thompson Pass is 2678 feet above sea level and it's about 20 miles to Valdez
The Bridal Veil Falls - this heavy water is only from snow melt from the mountains.
Horsetail Falls - less than half a mile from Bridal Vail on the opposite side of the road.
Valdez Marine Terminal or Alyeska Pipeline was built in 1974 through May of 1977 and it's about 1,000 acre facility. It has 18 tanks to hold the crude oil and the capacity of 9.18 million barrels total storage. It has 1 floating berths  and 2 fixed-berths  where the oil tankers would come to fill up and ship to the market. The pipeline is 800 mile long from Prudhoe Bay to here. This is where the Exxon Valdez filled up in 1989.
Valdez City - is at across the bay from the pipeline terminal and it's about 11 miles from here. The total population of the town is about 4,400. I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the town because it was kind of late when we got there and it started raining.
This is my Friend, I call her Mama Susie Q. We spent few hours at her home then we rode the ferry to Whittier.

I have lived in Valdez for some time in 2001-2003 and worked with mama Susie over at Valdez Marine Terminal. It was fun working in there, we have encountered several Bear just few feet from us, it was scary but exciting.  Valdez is a lovely small town and there is no traffic lights in that town. I love the Fishing and the boating and the island hopping.