We had great weather while we were in Valdez, but were greeted with rain on the day we had to leave. Not a problem though, as the mountains are beautiful with clouds and mists. The first picture is from Valdez and is one of the sculptures of the Trail of the Whispering Giants, a collection of sculptures by Hungarian-born artist Peter Wolf Toth. The sculptures range in height from 20 to 40 feet, and are between 8 and 10 feet in diameter. Currently there are 74 Whispering Giants – some in Canada and there is at least one in each of the 50 states.
Earlier we posted a picture of fireweed and explained that it starts blooming at the bottom and when it gets to the top, summer is over. Bad news for Valdez, as the second picture shows the fireweed is at the top. The next few pictures are from the Richardson Highway as we drove out. Don braved a walk in the rain to get the trumpeter swans, as we went by them a 55 mph and by the time he stopped and pulled over he had to walk back quite a bit. Such sacrifice for his art.
The 7th picture is Matanuska Glacier which is a valley glacier that is on the way to Palmer. It is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide and is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States (although you have to pay to get to it by car). Leslie had to control Don because there were many views of the glacier as we drove along, but no place to pull off to get a picture for a while. As you can see, we finally found a place for him to get a picture. One more picture of fireweed from where we are now – lucky for us it looks like we have a bit more summer here.