From Valdez to Anchorage…

The students in my last class at the Valdez Quilt Festival were nice enough to take a short lunch and let me leave town at 3:30 PM which meant that I was in daylight for the majority of the drive back to Anchorage. This should be a 6 hour drive. I stopped to take lots of photos on the way to Valdez so it took longer to get there. It took me 5 hours to make the return trip! I only stopped twice on the way back – and I drove faster.

It was clear and the skies were blue. I saw the mountains that were shrouded in the clouds when I drove to Valdez. The trees were even more beautiful. The photos don't do them justice.

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There were mountains lining the drive the entire way. Sometimes they
were close and roads were very winding – at other times the peaks were
farther away. My rental car was small-ish with a tight suspension and some get-up-and-go. It was fun to drive! It would have been more fun in a sports car – not safer, of course, but more fun.

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The gold treetops glowed in the green. I took this photo at a 'photo stop'. It was an impressive peak.

There was a stretch of what looked like aspens. They stood out because of the white tree trunks. Some had gold leaves and others, like the one below, had not yet turned.

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These had turned…

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I watched for moose and bear by the road. Didn't see any. I did see a massive number of vehicles that obviously belonged to hunters. They were all attached to flatbed trailers which puzzled me until I saw some hunters speeding along off the road on 4-wheelers equipped with huge rifle holsters. In one area they were so dense that I wondered if they ran along in packs (the hunters, that is) chasing moose.

4 thoughts on “From Valdez to Anchorage…

  1. May i say that you take the most beautiful photographs. Nature is so awe inspiring. I enjoyed your comments about Australia as that is my home country. I even read them to my husband who is normally not really interested in my craft blogs and even he had a chuckle. Aussie football is very fast and an interesting game to watch. We are able to watch the grid iron here also and Chris loves it. I get a bit lost on the rules and what is happening next but at least I get the concept.
    Enjoying reading all your travels. Hugs from Australia.

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  2. Its nice to know that you enjoyed my blog posts – and that your husband did too! I have to say that once I got home and realized that the regular season had begun and there were games on the TV I was way happier than I thought Id be. My team lost yesterday, but they should have played better. Maybe they will next week…

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