In the last two entries I've shown some photos of the waterfront area
of Valdez, which is situated in a beautiful glacial fjord at the north
end of Prince William Sound.
The water plays an important role in the life of the city, its
residents, and its visitors. As the northernmost year-round deepwater
port in the world it offers significant commercial and recreational
I think this gorgeous Sound is probably the main reason most
travelers come to Valdez.
Here's another look at the main
harbor area. Large ships dock farther to the east. The
terminal for tankers carrying oil from the Alyeska
Pipeline are to the south on Dayville Rd.
I've already mentioned lots of ideas for water-related things
visitors can do in Valdez, from simply enjoying the magnificent scenery
and watching the flurry of boating activity from one end of the harbor
to the other . . . to getting out on the water yourself on a ferry, tour boat, or small
recreational watercraft like a sea kayak or motorboat.
Leisurely walks and bike rides
along the waterfront are a lot of fun.
Since there was too much snow on the trails for me to
hike up into the mountains above Valdez my favorite activity here was walking or riding my
bike along the waterfront. I did that all three days we were here, even
when it was raining a little bit.
I was fascinated with the whole scene. The variety of boats
that were docked, as well as those coming and going, captured my
imagination -- large
commercial fishing trawlers, small personal fishing boats, oil tankers,
international cargo ships, a huge passenger ship, ferries, tour boats, sailboats,
kayaks . . .
View of the small boat harbor
from South Harbor Drive
Kayaks begging to be rented
The setting seemed so peaceful while we were there (a
little rain but no storm) and the ring of surrounding snow-topped
mountains was simply stunning with the water in the foreground from
either North or South Harbor Drive.
People come here from all over Alaska, the Lower 48, and
other countries to fish. It was fun to watch them cleaning the fish they'd
caught -- and the birds hoping to snare some scraps for supper:
At a public fish-cleaning station
the sign proclaims, "The fishing is great in Valdez."
A whole lot of people think it is. (We don't fish
but we liked the fresh-caught salmon we bought.)
This entry is mostly a photo gallery of scenes along the waterfront
in Valdez. I'll include captions when I'm pretty sure I know what I'm
talking about. <grin>
Otherwise, I'll let the photos speak for themselves or let more
informed readers figure out what's shown.
View from under the canopy at the ferry terminal
Here's one of those numbered fire hydrants I
mentioned earlier. This is #435.
I haven't seen those anywhere else in my travels.
Above and below: A covered ramp leads down to the small boat harbor.
Above and below: This is a hoist to get boats
into/out of the water from the parking area.
Some boats are stored in the parking lot at the
small boat harbor, rather than in the water.
Several commercial fishing boats are lined up here.
Part of the municipal dock
Boat loading or unloading at the end of the
Port of Valdez office
Piers along the shipping port
Beautiful view of the bay from
Dock Point Park
A closer look at the rocks in the
Distant view of the Alyeska Pipeline
Terminal across the bay
Water lovers, are you ready to head to Valdez yet??
Next entry: scenes from the trails and bike path
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil