Monday, July 19, 2010

Hiking around Valdez on a rare sunny day



We began exploring with the Dock Point Trail, just a hop, skip and a jump from our campsite.


The eagle's nest can be seen from the north side of this trail.


This is the small boat harbor.


We enjoyed a lunch with fresh halibut after visiting a nice little museum about Valdez.  They have recovered from the earthquakes and oil spills that once devastated the town.


Then we headed over to the Shoup Bay Trail.


The trail began in the woods and then broke out on a field of wildflowers and led us to the beach.




There were too many waterfalls to even count them all!


Not quite like any beach I've ever visited before, though.




It was another incredible scenery-filled day in Alaska!

I had an interesting experience at work last week.  We were talking about camping versus a city vacation.  I was in the minority because I said I preferred camping.  The three other women I was talking with said they would prefer a city, which I think means shopping.  Hmmm, a mall or this?

No contest in My World!

14 comments:

Gaelyn said...

NO WAY a mall over this! I'm loving every post of AK.

Sylvia K said...

DITTO to what Gaelyn has written!! NO WAY would I take a city vacation over one like this. And I, too, am loving all of your posts of Alaska! Have a great week, Loran!

Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Loran, How gorgeous... Love your pictures --especially those with refections.

I definitely want Valdez on my list of places to visit.

Thanks!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Dar said...

Always the scenery and camping over any mall...Exploring the great views with you has been the best.
Thanks for letting me tag along.
Be Safe and Have a Great Week of Outdoors

吳婷婷 said...

享受你自己的生活,不要與他人相比。.......................................................

Al said...

Truly spectacular! Mountains are my favorite scenery, and combined with beaches they're even better.

Carol said...

Great photos!! The first two shots are stunning. All are beautiful...amazing scenery...I pass on the mall. Your eagle shots are also amazing. I have flight shots today, but these. far surpass mine! The mountains are impressive. Does the snow ever melt?

J Bar said...

Such wonderful reflections.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Fotobloggen 2010 said...

DRamatic mountains and such wonderful reflections in the water

BraCom (Bram) said...

Awesome series, stunning photos

Regards, Bram

Seen on My World Tuesday

Evelyn said...

Fantastic pics. What a great place!! Definitely camping for me - I dont like doing much!

Lesley said...

Well, I live in a city and can go to a mall anytine, so I would much prefer to experience something like this!
Great pics.

Janie said...

I love the reflection photos.
I'd never choose shopping over getting out and enjoying nature.

George said...

There's no way a mall could compete with this!!! Your pictures are gorgeous. I like the waterfall and the reflections in your first couple of pictures.