June 20, 2010
Drive from Tok to Valdez and Ferry to Cordova
When we visited the ferry reservation office in Tok on Sunday evening we were surprised to find that ferry service to Cordova is reduced this year because of mechanical problems.
The only ferry that would fit our schedule for a visit to Cordova was leaving Valdez at 4 pm on Monday, the next day.
It made for a long day of driving, and then a long ferry ride.
Aboard the Aurora
Russian Orthodox Domes in Tatitlek
The ferry stops at the village of Tatitlek, but not long enought to get off the boat.
Aurora Arrives in Cordova
Of course, this pictures was taken just before our departure, not our arrival.
We had a rainy visit to Cordova. Fortunately we had a good tent and there were enought pauses in the drizzle for some pictures.
Cordova Street Scene
Cordova Small Boat Harbor
Million Dollar Bridge
It's tough to decide what to wear to school each morning in Cordova.
McCarthy and Kennecott
From Valdez we traveled up into the interior of the Copper Valley to visit Kennecott and McCarthy. Fortunately, the weather was much better than in Cordova and Valdez, and the gravel road from Chitna in to McCarthy was pretty good too. We didn't see any railroad spikes this time, but we did see several RVs including a medium-size fifth wheel.
A Common Question in Alaska
Fish Wheels Along The Copper River
Kennecott Mine Buildings
Kennecott Mine Buildings and the Gravel Covered Root and Kennicott Glaciers Beyond
Big Game Sightings For The Week
Brown Bear 1
Sea Otters 5
Harbor Seals 4
More photos have been added to our Wildlife Sightings pages.