We took a breather for a couple of days, getting caught up on things and relaxing in beautiful Valdez. We got a personal tour from Larry (who lived here for 26 years). So, not a lot of pictures except two from last evening’s walk at about 8:00 pm. Notice how bright the sky is at 8:00 at night. We were looking for bears, we found ducks. Although we should have expected that since we were walking by the duck flats, we were a little disappointed.
Today we went kayaking on the lake that sits at the terminus of the Valdez Glacier. The ice on this glacier has been more or less retreating for the last 10,000 years. At that time, this part of the Chugach was buried under more than 2,000 feet of ice. Today, the Valdez glacier is more than 600 feet at its terminus. All of the rest of the pictures are from the kayaking. We kayaked for about 2 hours, got off on the glacier to have lunch, and then kayaked for 2 more hours. Being that close to the large pieces of ice that have come off the glacier was really cool. We also got to kayak through some caves in the glacier which was awesome (but the pictures did not come out too well).