Today, we drove to the city which has become best known as the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In the for-what-it’s-worth category, I found it coincidental that this 1989 accident and the 1964 Alaskan earthquake both occurred on Good Friday.
Limiting our speed to 20 MPH in some areas, and rarely exceeding 40 MPH. Unfortunately, we’ll need to retrace this section of highway when leaving Valdez.
With the rain now a bit heavier, we by-passed some spectacular waterfalls, which we plan to go back and revisit on a “free day” on Wednesday. The rain also limited the views of the mountains which rise up steeply behind the city and across the Valdez Port Sound; where the Alyeska Pipeline terminates.
After lunch, we drove around the Sound to a stream and salmon hatchery called Salmon Run. Thousands of returning salmon are captured and their eggs harvested, fertilized and the resulting embryos released … so that when they mature, they will return to the place where they were born … and the cycle begins again. This is one way the population of various species of salmon can be maintained.
Waiting to “greet” them are hundreds of
Other birds I’m still trying to identify … and