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June 6th 2010
Published: June 7th 2010
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Worthington GlacierWorthington GlacierWorthington Glacier

with the glacial pond in front
We all got in the van (Moe, too) and headed south on Highway 4, Richardson Highway. The skies were pretty clear and we stopped at a couple of overlooks to get pictures of the top of Mt. Drum, which we couldn't see yesterday for the clouds. Later, the beautiful snow-covered Chugach Mountains came into view with their many glaciers. We stopped at Worthington Glacier SP to walk fairly close to a glacier. We really did get a kick out of seeing a glacier up close. The funny thing was, there were seagulls swimming in the cold waters of the glacial pond, between the sheets of ice.

After crossing Thompson Pass, there was a pulloff with a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. It was awesome.

We then drove through Keystone Canyon with its numerous waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail Falls.

In Valdez we stopped at the US Forest Service Crooked Creek observation platform, where you can watch the salmon come upriver to spawn. But, it was too early for salmon to spawn, so we got some neat stamps in our books and saw an eagle's nest across the way with eagles in
Seagulls Seagulls Seagulls

at Worthington Glacier pond, see the ice.
residence. We drove to the waterfront in Valdez and took some pictures before heading back to Glennallen.

By the way, here is a link to the video of our grizzly encounter the other day:

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Chugach MountainsChugach Mountains
Chugach Mountains

from near Thompson Pass
another glacieranother glacier
another glacier

from near Thompson Pass
Bridal Veil FallsBridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

In Keystone Canyon, look at the mist from the power of the water
Horsetail FallsHorsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls

In Keystone Canyon, Richardson Hwy

7th June 2010
Bridal Veil Falls

8th June 2010

Amazing photos Charlie!!! I am on my way to Orlando and will keep checking your blog. Still can"t get over hoe close you were to that bear! Enjoy! Much love

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