Approaching Valdez from Richardson HighwayView All Sizes
Our first glimpse of blue sky!View All Sizes
JOURNAL : August 28, 2010
While the town is famous for the catastrophic oil spill of 1989, Valdez is also a popular fishing spot. Each year waves of salmon charge through Port Valdez on their way upstream to spawn.
Fisherman from all over the world converge each summer to scoop up their limit of salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod.
Fishing for Silver SalmonView All Sizes
The fish are easy to catch due to their sheer number and the readily available knowledge of which lures to use for each type of fish. It's a bonanza!
Tiekel River Lodge & Proprietor
My dad and I arrived in late afternoon from Anchorage via Richardson Highway. At the height of the Coho (silver) salmon run not a single room was available at any of Valdez's half-dozen lodgings. We ended up backtracking for an hour to a quaint bed and breakfast called Tiekel River Lodge where we had stopped for gas earlier that day. This turned out to be a positive experience since the lodge is far more scenic than any of the hotels in town.
The next day was a beautiful Sunday and the first after more than a week in Alaska that we saw blue sky and direct sunlight. On the return to Valdez we passed Worthington Glacier, Horse Tail Falls and Bridal Veil Falls (not the one in Yosemite) in Keystone Canyon near Thompson Pass, and a whole lotta magnificent scenery that Alaska is famous for.
Worthington GlacierView All Sizes
The town was bright and cheerful with an air of prosperity. People were out on walks, surrounded by vivid panoramic mountains and glistening water.
The harbor was bustling with activity. Piers and waterways were busy with fisherman reeling in silvers hand over fist. Charter boats unloaded sportfishermen and their freshly caught prizes onto the docks. Near the harbor master's building a skilled pro would expertly filet a fish within seconds for only a buck!
Since we were passing through and reserving our fishing adventures for the Kenai Peninsula, we secured passage for early the next morning aboard the ferry Aurora. This excursion would take us through Prince William Sound to Whittier and the Kenai Peninsula.
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August 28, 2010
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