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Old 07-01-2014, 01:45 AM   #351
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Here Rascal and I are taking a break while Irene signs in for our campsite.

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This is our site in the Adult Park.

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Rascal and I waiting for dinner. We dined on the porch so Rascal could join us.

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The fish get pretty big here in Valdez.

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Old 07-01-2014, 02:08 AM   #352
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Here we are eating again.

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This is the oil pipeline across the bay from our campsite.

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As I said a few pages back, Valdez is this quaint little fishing town on this bay completely surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

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Old 07-01-2014, 02:25 AM   #353
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This picture is from across the bay next to the oil terminal. Our campsite is just about in the center of the picture.

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This is looking up at the terminal This is as close as you can get now a days.

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The fish hatchery. They say when the salmon are running, if you want to fish you have to line the shoreline shoulder to shoulder with the bears.

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Here Rascal and I are walking back from the hatchery. You can see the seagulls nesting on the bridge and the power plant behind us. They are concerned about the stability of the damn above the power plant. There are signs saying if the sirens sound leave the area immediately.

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:37 AM   #354
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I have to tell you about these silos. Many years ago the Feds decided to build silos so that the farmers could bring their grain to port to be shipped overseas...
It seems the State of Alaska decided to build silos at Seward because there was rail service there. Needless to say the silos at Valdez have never seen an once of grain. They do make a great seagull roost.
A great monument to the ability of "planners" elsewhere to decide what's best for the locals... probably on the basis of Valdez' port access. Of course, getting the grain from the fields to the silos was the primary issue for the "locals." (Think about a railroad following your route into town - or grain trucks!)

Sorry you didn't get to Chicken - I lived for five years in Eagle (along the Yukon) - a great little Alaska gem few ever see. But, you have to go through Chicken to get there (or Dawson!)
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:02 AM   #355
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Nice stuff! Did you hear if they finally cleaned-up after the oil spill?
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:42 PM   #356
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Yes Dave it's "always" good to see our tax dollars at work.

We haven't given up on Chicken yet, maybe on the way back.

Mike that's a loaded question, depends how you define cleaned up and who you ask. It doesn't seem to be a common topic of discussion on the street if that means anything. The pipeline isn't mentioned either which I find interesting. I'm kind of fascinated by the pipeline for some reason and surprised that nobody seems to care much about it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:30 AM   #357
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We left off in Valdez so to get up to date we went back to Copper Center for some fishing. I went on the charter for king salmon and it rained all day. Fishing was bad but we tried. It was just me and the guide but no luck. The guide either was impressed by my effort or he felt sorry for me but he offered to take me out again for no charge. We went out again with a couple from Denver 2 days later. It was a beautiful day but the river was in bad shape because of the rain. Again no luck. But as they say "The worse day of fishing is better then a great day at work. Another bad thing was the Wi-Fi at the fishing RV park was next to non existent.

Anyway we headed to Anchorage. I had found a supplier with a water heater and transfer switch in stock and he had them on hold for me. After turning over more than a few dollars we headed to the Good Sam park in town. Not a nice place, next to the train tracks and under the runway from Merrill Field. Next morning we went to the City camp ground about 4 miles away. Not only a very nice park but they had great Wi-Fi. I was able to post a bunch of pictures in the last several posts.

Anyway got the new water heater installed with no problem but spent the rest of the day and half the night running a new A/C circuit because we got a gas/electric unit. Also after all the casting trying to catch a salmon, my shoulder was kind of sore and sometime playing with the w/h I twisted just right and was in real pain. Spent the next couple of days taking lots of Alleve.

We went to a farmers market / craft fair downtown on Sunday. Looking for a safe place to park we found one right across the street from the FBI building. Rascal got lots of adoration from new fans at the market. I guess being short haired and not doing well in the cold, there aren't many Great Danes in Alaska. Most considered him to be a horse or a very large Dalmatian.

We spent another day shopping and running errands before heading out. By the way found diesel for $3.999 and thought I made a real score. We also found a vet who let us use their scale to weigh Rascal, 144 lbs. at nine months.

We headed to the Kenai Peninsula. We wandered into an old mining town called Hope and spent the night on the beach of the Turnagain Arm. My shoulder was feeling a little better so I got the transfer switch installed. Again no cell or Wi-Fi available but a nice place to camp.

I had booked a halibut charter in Ninilchik so that was the next stop. We dry camped at the state park at Deep Creek on the beach. All the boats here, except inflatables are launched by tractor. You pull up and disconnect your trailer and a large farm type tractor hitches to your trailer and drives you down to the water. When you return they hitch up your trailer and back it into the water to pick you up. By 6 AM there were about 8 lanes of boats three deep and another 20 boats lined all the way to the highway waiting to be launched.

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Old 07-07-2014, 02:18 AM   #358
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Sorry about the interruption but we had to make an ice cream run next door before the place closed. Some things are important.

Anyway spent the day on the water and caught lots of halibut including the largest on the boat and now we have a fridge and freezer stuffed full of halibut. The place is pretty neat. There is a bluff that runs along the shoreline with this beach 700 or 800 yards long cut in it. Deep Creek runs down the north end of the beach at the base of the bluff. The place is loaded with sea gulls and bald eagles. The fishermen clean the fish and leave the carcasses on the beach and the birds have a feast. They say in the spring there are over 1000 eagles on the beach. We spent the 4th here because we had a great site in the front row on the beach and places were filling up for the holiday so we decided to stay and enjoy the eagles.

Headed to Homer and camped on the spit. The place is packed with RV's, tents and people visiting the shops. Rascal got his usual mass following of fans and lots of photos. I can't imagine how many people have pictures of me in their vacation photos when all they wanted was Rascal. Had a nice day on the spit and today took a ride along Skyline Drive. It's about 12 miles long and runs along the ridge above the city at about 1300' of elevation. Stunning views of the city and surrounding inlets and mountains.

That brings you up to date on where we are but who knows when I will find a connection that will let me post some pictures. I will keep trying.
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sounds like a great trip!!! will be waiting for piccy's... pats for the big guy, 144lbs!!!! Zowie!!! hugs to you two.. gail
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Is Homer still hippy dippy, or did they all open up coffee shops and tee shirt stores?
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Hi Gail, Rascal is getting to his adolescent stage and is a real pain at times but for the most part he is pretty good.

Mike the biggest thing in Homer seems to be sport fishing charters. The charter companies also have gift shops. I guess one business isn't enough.
Next comes bear watching tours in sea planes. Lots of shops with antler carvings and trinkets and many knives. Not as many t-shirts as you would expect. In the camp grounds on the spit, everybody either has a boat or ATV, usually several ATV's.
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We saw you camped on "The Spit" when we were driving out to the end, when we returned after lunch you were gone. We were staying at the Homer Elks, a very nice place but only electric.
We are now headed to Seward.
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We saw you camped on "The Spit" when we were driving out to the end, when we returned after lunch you were gone. We were staying at the Homer Elks, a very nice place but only electric.
We are now headed to Seward.
We moved up to a RV park up on the hill so we could do some laundry. It was great meeting you in Seward, those ice cream stops are important.

For the rest of you we are in Anchorage now to catch up and restock. We have decent internet here so I will try to catch up and post some pictures but first we have to run some errands.

Yes Gail the mosquitos tried their best but we got away.
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