Friday, August 03, 2012

Alaska -- Day 79

We only had 130 miles to drive today from Glennallen to Valdez. The scenery was beautiful, like along all the roads in Alaska. But it took us over 4 hours. It was the road that made the biggest impression. Look at the ripples caused by frost heave.

We really took notice when we saw orange flags.

Because they warned of sections like this.

And reconstruction traffic stoppages like this.

The speed on the road is posted as 55. We often drove 40 mph and less, at times 25 mph. It was quite a trip. The good news? No damage when we arrived in Valdez. And the slide went out smoothly.

If you look closely, you can see poles on each side of the highway. They look like poles where signs can be hung. But no, they show snow plow drivers where the edges of the road are during winter.

The road often paralleled the Alaskan Oil Pipeline, which goes to Valdez. This photo is blurry, but you can see the pipeline.

Now for the scenery. The hills were green, covered with forest.

Mountains, all with some snow still hanging on.

We saw the Worthington Glacier.

And lots of waterfalls. Since there is still snow, there is still runoff.

This one is called Bridal Veil Falls.

1 comment:

  1. Wowie, Zowie! Do you get that whiplash effect that I used to get in my fifth wheel? More gorgeous scenery.