Most of the time the place where we live influences our lifestyle, and I learned that from my experience while moving across the continents. As I mentioned in other posts, Alaska is a very unique land that features gorgeous landscapes and wildlife. As locals say, people who live here get spoiled with spectacular views that they often can see through their windows. I am grateful for I got the chance not only to visit but also to live in this country, and surely I will miss it when it’s time to move away. By the way, in two months I will board the airplane to Europe, namely France, and it is a one way ticket. Yes, I am curious to see what’s next in store 🙂 However, my time here is limited, so exploring new cities and trails sounds about the right thing to do. This way we spend the Memorial Day weekend in Valdez which is known as the snow capital of Alaska. From there you can book a trip to visit and kayak through Valdez and Columbia Glacier. The city is surrounded by heavily glaciated mountains, and it is the northernmost port in North America that is ice-free year round. If you are into kayaking, fishing, rafting, mountain climbing, hiking, and basically a nature lover you will enjoy the town.
During our stay there we hiked two trails, Solomon Gulch and Mineral Creek trail, and on Solomon Gulch we saw a family of black bears. Twice!! Unfortunately, (or not) I panicked and did not get a chance to take any photographs of the animals. First time they were about 30 – 40 ft away and they run into bushes as soon as they heard us, however, that’s not always the case. Also, black bears are less aggressive compared to brown grizzly bears. So guess who was lucky?
The Mineral Creek trail is dotted with waterfalls. Some of them are notoriously bigger and others are just a string of water falling down the hills. Anyhow, the trail is a great place to find yourself in the middle of the mountains far away from any signs of civilization.
The scenery at Thompson Pass is breathtaking and no picture can do it justice.
I hope you enjoy this visual trip.
See you soon, Victoria