De and the Dachsies Ramble on … Day Two

My heart sings, absolutely swells with joy when I drive through towering, snow-capped mountains.

My favorite photo op spot along the Richardson Hwy on the way to Valdez, Alaska. Killer view of the Wrangle/St. Elias Mountain Range.

I think there should be a rule that they place vehicle pull-outs at every single scenic view. Impractical, perhaps. But geez … when you are traveling alone, it’s not like you can just stop in the middle of the road to pull out your phone and capture that glorious shot.

This is sure a “Dolittle” mountain, isn’t it? Use your imagination.

Then again, if there had been more pull-outs, I’d be on this road all day.

I stopped for lunch and a walk with Ronni at Worthington Glacier. The wind added extra crispness to the air, but with partly cloudy skies, the glacier had a wonderful variety of colors. I wish they showed better in the photo.

Worthington Glacier; top of Thompson Pass

Ronni would’ve probably enjoyed a much longer stretching of legs here than she ended up getting, but unfortunately, too many people seem to think the signs saying “All dogs must be on leash” only counted until you got past the sign. 😕 After picking her up three times due to onrushing loose dogs, we gave up and turned around. Sigh.

This cool but pesky camp-robber (bird) was mugging everyone for food. Ronni thought it looked pretty edible itself! 😉

I finally arrived at Keystone Canyon! I took this shot (below) right at the top of the pass. I was stopped at construction for about 25 minutes, just past Blueberry Lake campgrounds, so it took me a while.

The vegetation was so verdantly green along this entire section of highway! This spot spoke to me in particular due to the rushing milky-green glacial river, the green cliffs and hillside and the slate grey, snow-edged mountains beyond. Both sides of the road were equally lovely.

With dinner beckoning me from my favorite restaurant in Valdez (I opted for take-out), I didn’t stop to take photos at the always picturesque waterfalls, rivers and towering cliffs along Keystone Canyon. I did drive slowly though, and soaked up all the beauty I could stuff in without bursting. Oh! It was beautiful. 🌲🦅🌲

Being stuffed full of wilderness during the drive, I surprised myself by opting for a middle-of-downtown campground when I arrived in Valdez. The mountains are stunning, the harbor is literally right across the street – and The Fat Mermaid restaurant is a scant 5 minute walk away!

Ronni says to tell everyone; “There are bunnies in the campground, too!” Oh my.

Valdez small boat harbor

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

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