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Valdez Glacier & a big climb up the hill
The two RV Gypsies and their family flew from Fairbanks to Valdez.
Valdez is the activity center for Prince William Sound. Its growth is due to trading, salmon canning, gold and copper mining. Valdez is home to five glaciers - Columbia, Meares, Worthington, Shoup and Valdez Glaciers. The two RV Gypsies took their family to 4 of those 5 Glaciers.
This was the second time the two RV Gypsies went to the Valdez Glacier and they saw how much the glacier has changed, so a comparison is below. The Glacier itself is the snow looking part behind the big green hill and ice chunks from the glacier are in the water.
June 7, 2009
August 10, 2009
Valdez Glacier June 7, 2009
Valdez Glacier August 10, 2009
June 7, 2009
August 10, 2009

Valdez Glacier June 7, 2009

Valdez Glacier August 10, 2009
The difference in the water color in the photos above happened because as the glacier advanced and melted, the ice mixed with the soil, and deposited silt in the water.

Added note: The two RV Gypsies went here again in 2016. Valdez Glacier has moved inland, much closer to where the two RV Gypsies stood before. To see the differences in 2016, be sure to check out that page via the link below. All sites are different in many ways.

 
August 10, 2009

A chunk of ice from the glacier drifted towards the shore - it was too cold for Alex to hold so he dropped it.

A chunk of ice from the glacier
Alex drops the cold ice
the grandchildren of the two RV Gypsies
the grandchildren of the two RV Gypsies
Alex playing with a chunk of ice
Alex playing with a chunk of ice
Alex at Valdez Glacier
Alex at Valdez Glacier
Lee Duquette playing with a chunk of ice
Lee Duquette playing with a chunk of ice
he grandchildren of the two RV Gypsies
Valdez Glacier
Renee at Valdez Glacier

Below: Renee stuck her tongue out at her mother. NICE daughter dear!

Renee never liked her photo taken.

Rapids where the glacier
water runs off
- notice several other
glaciers in the mountains.
Renee sticking her tongue out
rapids where the glacer water runs off
Valdez Glacier
just before the rapids
Then everyone walked around to the left of the glacier and climbed up a big, steep rock hill. Look how small everyone looks in the photos below. (Note: In 2016, nobody was able to walk up this hill because a big construction crane was destroying it.)
walking to the hill
Alex is the first on to start up the hill
Renee and alex
Alex at the crest of the hill
Alex sliding down the hillside
Alex at the crest of the hill
Kristen just starting up the hill
Kristen about half-way up the hill
Kristen just starting up the hill
Kristen about half-way up the hill
made it to the crest of the hill
to the crest of the hill
to the crest of the hill

a tough climb and then even higher

a tough climb - even higher
on the rocks by the waterfall
On the rocks by the stream of water cascading down the rocks
Renee and Kristen
the granddaughter of the two RV Gypsies
3 generations on the rocks - LOL
3 generations
proud climbers

Alex looked down at his grandfather, who had yet begun the climb. Notice how small the car looks at the bottom of the hill - it is hard to see but it is in the below photo on the right..

Lee starts up the hill
the car way below is so small
Lee Duquette about half way up the hill
Lee Duquette
view of Valdez Glacier from the crest of the hill
view of Valdez Glacier from the crest of the hill
view of Valdez Glacier from the crest of the hill
view of Valdez Glacier from the crest of the hill
view of Valdez Glacier from the crest of the hill

This is not meant to be a linear site, but it can be via the link with the arrow at the bottom of each page. However, there is often a sub-menu such as the one below with six sites, and sometimes there is a link forward or backwards in time for corresponding pages, such as the links at the very bottom of this page. Of course there is always the navigational buttons at the top of the page, and the TOC.

Sub-Menu for the two RV Gypsies
and family in Valdez, Alaska
August 10-12, 2009
You may visit these sites in any order you choose.
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Thompson's Pass & waterfalls at Keystone Canyon

Valdez Glacier

Worthington Glacier & the ice cave

Columbia & Meares Glacier excursion

Valdez Harbor, a coyote, & the airplane

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go to the next pageAFTER you have visited all 6 sites above, please continue on to Haines, Alaska - bears and more

OR

If you wish to see how these same places have changed as of the year 2016, go there now, but be sure to return here to continue with 2009 adventures. There will be a link at the bottom of the 2016 pages to return here.