Trans USA & Canada Week 13, 8/17-8/23

Day 86 (8/17): I woke up this morning and it was chilly out. I have a feeling the rest of the trip is going to be this way. It was cloud and foggy. I headed further into Alaska and headed down towards Port Valdez. I did not get any pictures today as the fog and clouds were covering up and ruining all the views. I’m hopping tomorrow is a better weather day as I get into Port Valdez.

Day 87 (8/18): Today was full of two things. Pictures and Rain. I woke up this morning and it was raining and foggy again. I headed down the road on the way to Port Valdez. I could not see anything on the way as the fog was covering up all the views. About 20 miles outside of Valdez the fog started to clear out. Due to the rain there were a ton of waterfalls.

Here is a shot of the fog.

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One of the larger glaciers of the day. I believe it was called “Valdez Glacier”

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All the lightly colored lines on the mountains are streams and waterfalls.

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Some of the larger waterfalls next to the road.

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Once I reached Valdez I went grocery shopping. In Valdez I saw a ton of Rabbits running around. I also saw this view while grocery shopping.

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I went down to the bay and got some amazing views.

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On my way out out of Valdez the fog was more cleared then when I arrived so I got some better pictures. I need to turn the below picture into a panoramic view.

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Some old storage silo’s.

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Building a bridge below a mountain.

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Another large glacier.

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I also saw this half-finished rail road tunnel. The sign pretty much said the rail road companies’ fought over this line and it ended up with a gun battle so the tunnel and line was never finished.

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The other side of the tunnel.

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Another waterfall

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One of the many roaring rivers/streams. The water was dark as all the sand is a volcanic black.

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More great views.

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I reached the turn off for Valdez and started to head to Anchorage. There were some breathtaking views. Some I could not get as there were no turn offs in certain areas. It of also got foggy again and started to rain for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

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I saw this glacier and it hard to see the whole thing. All the white snow is part of it but also most of it is covered in black dirt. So the whole area below the mountains that does not have trees is part of the glaciers.

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Part of the road was on the edge of a mountain with this river flowing below.

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I then found this great campsite below this mountain and a river at the base. The first picture is right from my camp chair.

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The river at the base was flowing quickly. The black sand that darkens the water was so dense that when I stepped on it I did not sink at all or even leave a footprint.

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Day 88 (8/19): I slept in way past then I wanted to today. It was a sunny clear sky day today  so I packed up my things and headed down the road. I ended up driving through Anchorage and headed down towards Homer, Alaska. I did not get a tone of pictures today as the traffic was heavier then yesterday being closer to a large city and you could tell I was entering a more touristy area.

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Once I headed down towards Homer after going through Anchorage I followed a train track and the edge of a large bay.

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After a few hours of driving I decided to stop before reaching the city of Homer. Tomorrow I will visit the shore line and head back north towards Denali National Park.

Day 89 (8/20): I headed out to Homer, Ak today and for the most part the drive was boring. On the drive I did get to see Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt.

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There was also one good lookout over the bay as I got really close to Homer.

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Once I reached Homer I drove to the end of the road and took these great pictures next to the marina.

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I decided to head back towards Anchorage, I decided to camp virtually in the same spot as the night before but just on the other side of the road.

Day 90 (8/21): Today was just traveling on a highway. I back tracked the rest of the way to Anchorage so all the good views I already took a picture of.

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From Anchorage I updated my website which took a little while and headed up towards Denali NP. Tomorrow I’m taking a Heli tour of the park and driving through it also. There were no other good views after anchorage as pine trees lined the highway.

Day 91 (8/22): I could not sleep last night so I headed out late this morning towards Denali National Park. It was a nice cool sunny day. As I approached Denali the scenery dramatically changed into these towering mountains with jagged edges. There were not to many pull offs for great photo’s but here are a few.

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As I got closer to Denali the weather got worse and the clouds got lower.

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Once I reached Denali National Park I entered and the campground was full and I headed down the Park road anyway. The weather got so bad and foggy I could not see much and the views were blocked so after traveling several miles I turned around and head back out. Since it was getting to late afternoon I headed out and found a campsite for the night. Tomorrow I will be doing a Helicopter tour in the morning and hoping for some great weather. And if it holds out I will head into the park again.

Day 92 (8/23): Today marks 3 months of traveling and was the first time on this trip that I set an alarm clock. I had to be at the Heliport in the morning. Since I have such a screwed up sleep schedule I almost slept right through it. I did make it in time to the heliport but since I am in Alaska the morning flight was cancelled. The reason was weather which I kind of predicted since it was raining most of the night and when I woke up it was foggy. They had a flight in the early afternoon so I went to the Denali visitor center and killed some time. I called in and the early afternoon flight was cancelled too. I decided to head down the Deanli park rd again since visibility was slightly better than the day before.

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On my way out of the park I noticed a bunch of cars pulled over so I snuck out and got so bad pictures of this big boy who is in rut.

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I then backtracked a little bit south to head down the Denali Highway which is not in Denali National Park. On my way south I saw this mother on the side of the road.

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This road offer some of the best views and picture moments there is. The road is gravel and filled with pot holes here and there. It is slow travel but it makes you enjoy the sensory.

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There were so many mountain views from a distance with a great flat land before them.

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A little over half way downed the Denali Highway I pulled over and found a great camp site for the night. It is a little windy and cold on the flats but the view more than makes up for it.

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