Salmon Gulch Hatchery

August 23, 2012

The good news is our transmission is on its way and may reach Anchorage by tomorrow.  The bad news; it is pouring rain so our planned hike this morning is off.

Yesterday, while we were conversing with Ron on board the Spirit Glacier, he mentioned an area about 6 miles out of Valdez where we could spot bears, so we decide to go “bear hunting.”

We see no bears, but what we do experience is something so amazing and unique, I will never forget it.

Dayville Road leads us down to the Salmon Gulch Hatchery.  Across the bridge is a spectacular waterfall, but that’s not what interests me.  There are literally thousands of gulls feeding on tens of thousands of (mostly dead) salmon.  There is enough here to feed a starving country.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the bears are not here.  Perhaps they have already feasted and are napping.  This is a gull’s paradise!  Each ¼ mile we drive, we look out to a sea of gulls and salmon.

The rain is steady, but we find an overlook to park our vehicle and carefully walk down the rocky path to get a (pardon the pun) bird’s eye view.  Phew, the smell is putrid!

I capture my photos and trudge back to our RV, careful not to slip in the mud.  Adventurous Dick proceeds to walk along the edge of the river trying to grasp one of the struggling salmon in his bare heads.  Most of the salmon have their eyes gorged out as I am told it is the softest part of the fish and a real delicacy.  Dick is oblivious to the downpour of rain and spends the next hour (I’m not exaggerating) amongst the birds and fish.  Luckily he’s wearing his waterproof parka.  Dick can elaborate on this area when we return to Santa Barbara as his fascination is overwhelming.  He can fill you in on more information regarding this phenomena in more detail.

After all the excitement we are ready to “hit the road” and head towards Anchorage on the Glen Highway.  At 5 p.m. we pass by some charming cabins and pull into Sheep Mountain Lodge.  It is nestled in those majestic mountains that we so love, and also has RV hook-ups available.  This is a no brainer and after digesting a delicious meal in their rustic restaurant, we climb into our bed and fall asleep listening to another Sue Grafton audio tape, “O is for Outlaw.”


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. smastman
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 22:54:14

    Love this photo. Definitely this needs to be framed. So now that Dick is obsessed with the salmon feast, is he starting to like eating this fish?


    Aug 27, 2012 @ 00:29:34

    Am reading in reverse order. Glad to hear about your tranny
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


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