Today is the day scheduled for our Stan Stephens Wildlife cruise. With constant rain, we are able to reschedule for later this week. We have no desire to test the new lens in the rain. So, off we go around noon for a little lunch downtown and to view the harbor.
The screen on this T-shirt found in a downtown window, is kind of how we feel! But, it's time to move on. We take a gravel road up the mountain to the point where the bridge is washed out and view this waterfall. Definitely makes you forget about the weather!
Now on the Richardson Highway, we take the road leading to the Valdez Glacier.
Another mile or two down the Richardson, we find the place where Old Valdez existed prior to moving the town 4 miles to the west sometime after the 1964 earthquake.
Nearby, we come to the location of the old Pioneer Cemetery. It was sometimes called the Chinese Cemetery by locals, who misinterpreted some Japanese Calligraphy. No Chinese were ever buried here, but we're glad we stumble on this beautiful resting place.
A few miles further down the road, I am aware of gulls squawking. Certainly where large numbers of animals gather, there must be food. And there are! Thousands of Salmon spawning and ending their life cycle.
This Black Bear comes out and seems totally bewildered by the amounts of fish and gulls. He quietly retreats back into the woods.
Heading back home, we come across this US Forest Service information station.
Finally, we are happy to return home. This is the view out our front window - nice, don't you agree?
Absolutely beautiful. Wonder if the Clarence Dixon in the cemetery is a relative of ours. I love wandering through wonderful old cemeteries. Loved the bear picture.
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