Grand View RV Park

Trip Start Jul 06, 2013
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Trip End Sep 01, 2013


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Monday, August 5, 2013

We are now off the Kenai Peninsula and traveling down to Valdez. This RV Park over looks a Glacier and rugged mountain peaks. Again, lots of lakes and glacier rivers running. Alaska is such an area of diversity. You can't help but develop a "rubber neck" looking from side to side so that you don't miss anything...and yet I know that I have. Driving one way has a whole set of views, and then the return trip offers you even more!

Some days I have to remind myself that I'm in Alaska...it seems so unreal.
From this campground you can see the Dahl Sheep. They are so far away that you have to use a high power scope. Photos are not! Terri got to see them butt heads, she was so excited!

The manager of the park said that the winter temp here is a out 24*, with maybe a week of -24. But not like -40 as in Fairbanks. Snow might be 50inches, but they have a great road department, and you can get around pretty easy. It also is not such a long period of darkness. Fairbanks is about 530 miles North of here.

There have been no animals seen from the road, except the sheep. On the way to this spot we did stop at the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge and saw the Wood Bison, Elk, Caribou, Black and Grizzly Bears along with the Musk Oxen. The Wood Bison, as opposed to the Plains Bison, are a separate subspecies. They have the only herd in the world, and hope to release them into a protected area in 2015. They are ready to go now, but the gamekeeper, said that the politics is what is preventing their release. They have a herd of 165...longer beard for sweeping the snow in the winter and a square hump.

I will include these pictures when I get them off the camera and can get the bandwidth to download. We have found that even Terri's data card had a problem with holding the signal..let alone trying to get a good signal in any of the Parks.
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