Monday, September 24, 2001
Hello from Valdez, Alaska!
Start time: 0800
Start odometer: 14033
Weather: Clouds, sun, rain, fog,
temperature 36 F to start the day.
- Had breakfast in the lodge this morning, talked with Carol the owner,
Jerry the neighbor, and had another great conversation with Jean and Neal
visiting from Missouri. (Unfortunately, my picture of Carol did not
work. Sorry, Carol...)
- Neal and Jean
- Continued my drive a few hours later along Alaska Highway 1, the Glenn
- Took a side road to Lake Louise, a very scenic lake twenty miles off the
- Pictures of Lake Louise -
- Carol suggested I turn off the Lake Louise spur road at mile ten for some
great views of the Alaska mountain range and the Susitna valley -
- Drove back to the Glenn Highway, then turned to the east. Soon, the
Wrangell Mountains come into view -
- As before, the Autumn colors are beautiful here, and the views are
- After arriving in Glennallen, I turned south onto the Richardson Highway,
which will lead me to Valdez.
- Along this road is the Visitor Center for the Wrangell-St. Elias National
Park and Preserve. This is the largest National Park in the United
States, and only two roads enter the park. I sat through a video
presentation of the park, and descriptions included discussion of the many
backcountry options, the active volcano, and that one of the glaciers in the
park is larger than the state of Rhode Island! The ranger was very
helpful, and warned that about one of the park roads. It was built on
a former railroad bed, so one must take caution not to run over any railroad
ties or spikes that might work their way up through the gravel, which could
possibly puncture a tire. I will probably avoid that road!
- As you head south on the Richardson Highway, there are many options to
view the Alaska Pipeline, including a trip by a pump station just east of
- It began to rain as I approached Thompson Pass, but it did not lessen the
beauty of the drive. After driving through the pass, the rain ceased
and some sun was breaking through the clouds.
- Speaking of Thompson Pass, what a spectacular drive!!! (Jane, are
you related to the person honored by this pass?!?!) The views are
incredible, and pictures cannot show the beauty seen. Also, the road
has just been paved through the pass, making for an excellent drive.
- Thompson Pass -
- Wonderful colors along the hillside near the pass -
- After driving down the hill, there are several waterfalls to see along the
road. First is Bridal Veil Falls -
- And Horseshoe Falls -
- Tomorrow I will look around Valdez for a bit, then head north towards Tok,
joining the Alaska Highway, and heading to Canada. I have enjoyed
Alaska very much, and will miss the state. I will be anxious to return
- Thank you for reading the page!
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This is the main lodge and
restaurant of the Kamping Resorts of America in Mendeltna, with another one
of their dogs.
Carol's dog resting inside the
This was another pretty lake at
the end of a road near Lake Louise.
Information about the Wrangell
The entrance sign to the
Wrangell St. Elias National Park and
Preserve. This is another new one for me!
A view of Mount St. Elias.
The sky is clearing as I look
north along the road in front of my motel.
Routes traveled today: AK 1 - AK 4
Hotel: Glacier Sound Inn -
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