Valdez is the snowiest town in the US, getting 300 inches/ year. Our time there was only rainy however, and even then it was warm and sunny part of every day. The salmon were running and bears were around to take part.
We stayed at a city camp site right on the shore of the Valdez fjord, between the hatchery and the pipeline port. Like so many sites in Alaska it wasn’t what you’d call “nice”, but it darn sure was dramatic and beautiful. We haven’t seen mountains so close up and all around since Telluride. There’s a big demand here in the winter for what they call “hell skiing”. No lift, no set track, no guarantee of living through it.
On the road into Valdez we passed Mt Wrangell, an active volcano that sits in the National Park of the same name. Wrangell-St Elias NP is the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone put together- and adding in Switzerland! On our way home through central AK and then the Yukon, we’ll be driving around the park for at least three days. It’s been a great visit to Alaska for the last month. There’s so much more to see and do. We’re coming back.