Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Scenic drive again today.

Richardson Highway going north from Valdez.

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Worthington Glacier comes into view.

We pulled off at the pull-out to take some pictures from far...

Here you can see it a little better with the camera zoomed...

I catch Jonathan as I turn around and head back to the...

A look at the poles that mark the road. These are for...

A closer look at the glacier.

Tom catches a snapshot of Jonathan in the parking lot with the...

Here we can see up the mountain and can begin to get...

The RV sits out in the parking lot and waits for us.

I had run back to get my sweatshirt so I caught a...

Jonathan speeds ahead so Tom catches up with him. They are exploring...

Working our way along the path to the bottom of the glacier.

Tom and Jonathan hike up the stream bed where the water from...

A look back toward the other side where runoff forms a waterfall.

Here we could see down into one of the cracks in the...

Here's the view from where we climbed to on the glacier. Just...

Deb holds a piece of a glacier for the first time in...

Jonathan takes a turn holding the glacier. It's heavy because it's so...

Tom's turn. We all checked it out because this was a first...

Jonathan is mushing in the mud with his feet. It had a...

Rockclimbing and exploring is the name of the game.

Guy time.

Oh yeah!

Coming into Thompson Pass.

The pass is beautiful but it's a little hazy off to the...

We stopped at the pull-out just to take it all in. There...

Snowplow guides so they don't fall off into the valley.

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The lupine are in bloom.

I thought this shot tied it all together. The white mountains, blue...

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Pullout for Bridal Veil Falls. I just thought the rock face behind...

Bridal Veil Falls with rainbow included.

This was the scene across the road from Horestail Falls.

Horsetail Falls.

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A family shot at Horsetail Falls.

Tom brings the RV to the site at Sea Otter Park in...

Jonathan is riding his scooter along the walkway. This will be the...


Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

Sea Otter Park, Valdez, Alaska

Worthington Glacier & The Falls

We left the Tonsina Campground as soon as Tom was done with work then worked our way toward Valdez. We knew there were going to be a couple of stops along the way so today was one of those time when we were really thankful that it doesn't get dark until later in Alaska. The roads were better than they have been. We didn't hit the frost heaves like we had up north but there was still places where construction was underway or we would hit patches of gravel so it was slower going than we had hoped.

We arrived at Worthington Glacier around 4:30. The person who worked there was still on duty and was telling us all about the glacier and about some things to do and see while we were in Valdez. When we walked down to the viewing deck Tom and Jonathan didn't waste any time heading straight for the path to the glacier itself. We had decided we were going to walk out to the glacier so we could touch it. We took our time and hiked around to the where the water was running off it. We could see the blue/green color of the ice in one of the crevices. It was getting time to head back though so we hiked back down and back to the RV. We spent some time reading the signs they had posted about how glaciers move and what this glacier looked like around 1900. It was interesting but it was time to move on. There was more to see down the road.

We came to Bridalveil Falls and Horse Tail Falls next. These two falls were along the drive and weren't very far apart so we spent some time taking pictures of them. We're still not sure we got the right falls by Horsetail Falls. The one we took picture of is smaller than we were lead to believe it would be and it's shape was different than we thought it would be. Tom saw something out of the corner of his eye as we were pulling away so we're going to stop there again on the way back through and take another look but the falls we did see was very pretty.

The next scenic view was Thompson's Pass. This is another stop we'll make on the way back through to see if catching it at a different time of day makes it look a lot different. It was a hazy day today and there were a lot a shadows later in the afternoon. It looked beautiful but it was difficult to catch on camera so we'll see what it looks like next time through too.

We pulled into Valdez around 7:30 tonight. We decided to go to Sea Otter Park because it was one of the least expensive parks in town and the only one right on the bay so we figured we would at least check it out. It seems nice enough. We have a view of the mountains and the bay right out the front window. The only drawback is that they don't have full hook-up so it means our water usage is a little limited. We'll see how it goes.



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