Monday July 1st
(A Day in Cordova)
Cordova is a fishing village. Not very many tourists.
They come by Alaska Airlines or ferry from Whittaker or Valdez. There
really isn't very much going on here but as you can see from the first picture,
they are serious about their fishing. The sign in the second picture was
on the wall of the restaurant where we had breakfast.
One major attraction for anyone who comes here is the 50 mile drive (gravel
road) out toward the Million Dollar Bridge (built about 100 years ago).
The view on the way is really spectacular (third pix). This road
originally was built for a railroad, which ran from the Kennecott Mine in
McCarthy, where we were two weeks ago, to Cordova and Prince William Sound.
The road is now all gravel and the bridge (fourth pix) has been converted from
railroad to automobile road. The road goes no further than about 1/4 mile
past the bridge. We parked on this side of the bridge to see "Childs
Glacier." As we walked down to see the glacier we thought that maybe
we would see our first animal (fifth pix). No luck (or maybe since we
were walking, we were lucky).
We, as well as some other folks, were watching and listening (sixth pix) for the
glacier to do its thing. You often will hear the glacier move but it will
be internal. We did see the glacier calve (pix seven through ten).
The noise sounds like a great clap of thunder.
We plan on leaving Cordova
tomorrow (Tuesday) stop in Whitehorse YT for Canadian Customs and then go on the
High Level AB for the night. Wednesday to The Pas MB for fuel and then on
to Dryden ON for Wednesday night. Thursday maybe to Buffalo and then home.
This schedule is VERY tentative. We will be getting home a couple of days
sooner than originally planned but this could easily change. It might be
weather, just tired, or maybe one of these cities is so exciting that we decide
to stay. We'll let you know. I've been asked how we picked those
cities. Actually it was by drawing the great circle route and seeing what
we might be flying over. Not much more than that. We'll follow up
soon, and although I don't know when this page will be posted, obviously since
you are reading it, we were eventually able to do so.
Thanks again for following us.
View from the room- This IS a fishing town
AND they're SERIOUS about it!!
View along the Copper River Road
Million Dollar Bridge
We STILL haven't seen an animal
"Childs Glacier" - Watching & Waiting