It’s still Sunday! And still Valdez.

Going back, as I am prone to do, to Denali and the hotel that looked like this:

Where they gave you water to drink out of jam jars. 🥴 What I didn’t realise was there was a ‘railroad’ just across the river. At just gone midnight on our first night, a train and it’s wonderful whistle, gave a very good impression of a ferry in Seattle harbour, and I awoke and was immediately back there; same thing happened at four thirty but the following night I was mentally prepared for it and my mind stayed firmly put in Denali. 😉

And back to the mill tour in Kennicott, with Kelly our guide; we started right at the top and worked our way down inside the building, ending up in the Ammonia leaching room. Oh yes, and McCarthy would have been a happy hunting ground for Rob Ashard, an ex LWT workmate, who is partial to a Cadillac. There were wrecks various all over the place.

Mary has been working very hard here in Valdez with her one week old (happy birthday!) camera.

The harbour seal has a lovely piece of fish in his mouth and the seagull is hoping he drops a bit! The Bald Eagle was having a harder time from the gulls on top of a lamp.

And Oliver Hardy was having a fun time remotely controlling the winching up of a boat for some maintenance and below two of Mary’s from before Valdez:

After the laundrette we went to see a salmon hatchery that was pretty un exciting (not a salmon in sight) but on the way Mary caught that seal, so worth the excursion! Lunch was the biggest chicken Caesar salad, I had ever seen.  The waitress popped it down and seeing the expression on my face said, “Welcome to America.”

And Mary’s shrimp salad wasn’t much smaller! 😱 Everything is ‘big’ round these parts, especially the onions in Safeway’s; even labelled ‘jumbo’. And I bet not many people buy the elbows! And one more thing to remember, if you ever do come this way; it may be a Best Western but if you end up on the second floor do be warned, there is no lift to ferry your suitcases up there.

So that will do. Nothing too hilarious to report. Dinner? Well, that depends entirely on how long that lunch takes to go down ………… probably by Tuesday. We went to look at the original site of the town; it was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1964 but there was not much to see except a few descriptive captions on posts. Tomorrow; who knows we are staying put in Valdez until our ferry ride with the car on Tuesday morning.

If anyone knows what the hell this ship does, do let me know! Thanks for reading.

Comments as always more than welcome M & M 🦅🚢⚓️🦅🐿🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

7 thoughts on “It’s still Sunday! And still Valdez.”

  1. That boat, looks like it’s some sort of vacuum cleaner with a tube that goes over the side and sucks up stuff. Maybe still used to clean up after the oil spill all those years ago?

  2. Sandra here! Just wanted to say that we know just what you mean about the Best Western. We’ve stayed at a few of the BW Plus establishments. Most of them don’t have lifts either but, this past trip we stayed at the same one twice, in Salt Lake City and that one had a lift although you still had to carry the cases up the first few steps to get to the lift! Poor Si, at one point he thought he was having a heart attack! Also, jam jars are obviously the ‘thing’ at the moment. We were given them in Jackson as well. Trendy! Mary’s new camera is certainly ‘doing the business’! xx

    1. That flight of stairs was no mean feat with two cases. No nice bell boy to help you, either. Just a person in the lobby looking at you from behind the desk, waiting for a huge comedy moment as you plummet back down.

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