Saturday, June 24, 2006

300 Miles to Valdez

Valdez, Alaska

The Sheet’s roving reporter team reporting from Alaska’s Little Switzerland.

Valdez Harbormaster

The weather on the drive over was wet and rainy on Thursday, but gradually improved as we neared Valdez. And it’s been a little better each day, providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Small boat harbor

We walked around the little town of 4,100, explored the local scene and checked out the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

Shark Rodeo

The small boat harbor is filled mostly with fishing boats and power pleasure craft, but there are at least a dozen very nice sailboats, even a 50 ft luxury catamaran. Kayaking or sailing Prince William Sound from here would a great adventure.

New ASC rescue boat

Today it’s back to Anchorage and on to Big Lake!

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