VALDEZ IS SO MUCH MORE THAN OIL
|Alaska is for the eagles!|
|The road to Valdez.|
|The road to Valdez.|
|Horsetail Falls on the road to Valdez.|
|The small boat harbor in Valdez.|
|Nancy hanging out in Valdez.|
|Across the harbor from Valdez is the end of the the Alaska Pipeline.|
The mountainside is chock full of massive oil storage tanks.
|Notice the juvenile bald eagle behind the adult.|
|The bald eagles of Valdez.|
|Nancy at the base of Worthington Glacier.|
Nancy got bopped on the head by a rock letting loose from the glacier above.
A video of Worthington Glacier.
We took a cruise on Prince William Sound and up the Columbia Bay fjord to the massive Columbia Glacier. Like all Alaska glaciers (except 1), the Columbia Glacier is receding at an alarming rate so the fjord was clogged with icebergs. We were very fortunate to see a nearby iceberg, which became top heavy, flip over and rock back and forth before settling into its new inverted state. Our ship's captain had to dodge thousands of icebergs before the channel became completely blocked approximately 2 miles away from the face of the glacier. As we banged against these floating ice cubes I couldn't help but think about the Titanic. I was just happy that Nancy didn't start singing Celine Dion songs.
|An iceberg floating in the fjord on the way to the Columbia Glacier.|
Notice the eagle sitting on the highest point of the iceberg.
(Hint--the eagle's head appears as a tiny white dot.)
|2 glaciers are flowing into the fjord creating the headwall of |
the Columbia Glacier. This is a view from 6 miles away.
The face of the main glacier to the right exceeds 300' in height.
|Part of the Columbia Glacier flows to the sea.|
Notice the moraine being pushed along with the glacier.
|The icebergs are starting to clog the route to the face of the glacier.|
This photo was taken about 3 miles away.
We were only able to get 2 miles away.
Notice the Harp Seal and its pup floating on one of the icebergs.
|Some otters hanging out on an iceberg at he Columbia Glacier.|
|A juvenile defers to the adult.|
|A juvenile tries to defend its turf.|
|The feeding frenzy.|
|Sorry about all the eagle photos, but we were completely overwhelmed|
by the eagles in Valdez.
|Eagles are the masters of the skies.|
|A walk on top of Valdez Glacier.|
The water is not part of the lake but rather
sits on the surface of the glacier.
|Maneuvering through the channels in the face of the Valdez Glacier.|
|An iceberg calved by the Valdez Glacier.|