When we got to Valdez, we went into the Visitor Center. We found out that we had got here in time for Gold Rush Days. There was to be a parade at 3:00. We got set up in the campground by 2:00 and decided to go get a place where we could park the truck to see the parade. We had almost an hour till it started, so we went across the street to a gift shop. At the gift shop they played a video about the 1964 earthquake and the resulting tsunami that followed the quake and all the destruction in Alaska following them. Valdez was wiped out by the tsunami, as was part of Anchorage. It told about the fires and deaths in Alaska. It must have been very devastating.
|Cindy had to take a picture of my haul.|
|Part of the entertainment.|
|Pretty good Elvis music.|
|This little girl looks very worried but they made it.|
|Oops, Ellie didn't make it.|
|This little boy really moved fast.|
|She made it with a little help.|
The next groups of kids had to go all the way across the pond, and we wondered why they waited so long to get going. We finally found out that they were waiting for two coast guard men and their kayaks to come and watch the kids, so nothing happened to them. Some of the boats didn't even get off the starting line before they sunk, getting the older kids wet. The coast guard men had to rescue quite a few of the kids and take them to shore. They all were wearing life jackets so they wouldn't drown. One little girl was taking so long that one of the coast guard men helped push her into the shore. It was a lot of fun to watch and hear the crowd cheer on the kids. One of the boats had a little girl in front to watch, while an older girl paddled. I felt sorry for the littlest girl because she acted scared to death the whole way, but they made it OK. The fastest one was made to look like a canoe and the boy really knew how to use the paddle.
We enjoyed our afternoon. Thanks for visiting.