Sunday, July 1, 2012
Heading to Glennallen,, scratch that Valdez
Our real destination is the Wrangell St Elias National Park but after stopping in the visitor center we learn the weather isn't going to be great the next few days.
Instead of seeing the park in the rain we motor on to Valdez instead. An in town stop is always better than an outdoor stop in the rain.
You do pass the Worthington Glacier, we didn't pull in to do the walk to it because we figure the weather will be better on the way out.
The road to Valdez is a dead end.
The pass gets an average of 550 feet of snow a year! And holds the record for the most snow in a single day of 62 feet.
No wonder there is a glacier here.
All that snow melts and creates hundreds of waterfalls along the roads.
We totally luck out and decide to checkout a campground run by the military which is outside of town a few miles. Veterans can camp there for 1/2 price and they have some trailers they can rent too. Even at full price it is a great campground with bald eagles!
When we finally see the parking lot RV parks in town we are glad to have picked our campground. It is also 2 miles away from another glacier.
Sadly this was such a long day we decide to eat out again and the options are limited, We try the Fat Mermaid and it was OK, in hindsight would have been better to make something really easy instead of going out,