Blue skies, smiling at me…Oh yeah, AK Fam’s got blue skies, and they’ve been keeping us in a happy place since our departure from Anchorage Thursday morning. No kidding. Valdez is the spot of choice this long Labor Day weekend, where we’ll engage in a little fishin’, a little funnin’, and a whole lot of Alaskan end-of-summer fun.
Our trip began via the Alaska Marine Highway System, departing Whittier aboard the fast ferry Chenega for the savory seas of Prince William Sound. More about that, later. Cutting down the trip via roadway from seven or eight hours to a mere three on the ferry, the Chenega was a delightful experience that landed us in Valdez mid-afternoon.
We’re cozied up in the Eagle’s Rest Resort, an RV park within (kid) walking distance of downtown that offers full hook-ups, hot showers, and in our case, little cabins that while tiny, provide just about everything we need. Shower, microwave, fridge, little deck; it’s all here. And views? Oh yeah, there’s a view. In fact, just about everywhere we look affords a stunning of mountains that shoot straight up from sea level to around 6,000 feet in an instant.
Colleen Stephens of the fab Stan Stephens Cruises and David Peterson of the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau met us at The Harbor Cafe across the street from the bustling small boat harbor, where silver salmon streaked out and in of the water in flashes of glistening metallic color. We sat at a picnic table at HTC and dined on chicken tenders and some absolutely incredible rockfish tacos with a ginger-lemonade slushie to ease it all down. Ahhhhh.
Not wanting to waste the remaining sunshine, we drove six miles from town towards the Valdez Fish Hatchery and terminus of the Alyeska Pipeline, where bears frequent the fish wier and people frequent the shorelines for more salmon fever. Cool.
I think we’ve worn ourselves out for now, more tomorrow if I can find a workable internet connection. There’s some kayaking and hiking awaiting us, too. Keep on the sunny side, everybody, and we’ll be back real soon!
PS Do bear with us on Twitter, folks. My smartphone is not acting very smart down here, and so any Twitterverseing will have to be done as we can….