All night it was as if the Lord spoke to me saying, “Trust me!” I do trust Him; I just don’t trust ME ‘hearing’ Him clearly! We woke to clear skies and great hopes for a safe passage. 511alaska.com said the pass was good and clear and so we headed out of Valdez. The L-shaped poles on either side of the road mark the edges for snow plows – yes, the snow gets that high. Near the top of the pass, we saw hundreds and hundreds of ptarmigan.
To put it simply, the ‘fireplace’ puts out warmth, but with a nighttime low of 20, we were going to freeze without the furnace coming on and we only set it to 50 degrees! It is necessary to keep the water and other pipes of the trailer from freezing. Our bed is cozy, but as my brother says, “We are heating a tin can!” My husband did some serious trouble-shooting – the manuals only tell you how to install the furnace, not troubleshoot. Eventually, he saw this green button called the ‘wizard mode’ and he reset it. YAY! We had a furnace, but the electrical smell continued to permeate everything throughout the night. Wizard mode … what the heck is that?!
The owners of Bayside RV Park in Valdez are part of a group of people who for the past 29 years feed the Bald Eagles from May 1 – June 15 when the salmon arrive. This has to be one of the coolest experiences of my life. About 30 eagles showed up to catch and fight over the fish being tossed in the air. There were four generations of eagles flying about and gave quite the Alaskan show. Enjoy. I took these on my iPhone and NO telephoto; they were just that close.