Took a few days to make a trip to Valdez because we really love that little town. I took my old beater truck camper, which is only 8 feet long, and a tow trailer to carry our stuff. Along with my wife we took my 8-year-old, my two grandkids (6, 9), and last minute, my 21 year old son decided to tag along. Where to put them all?! Well, I made my oldest bring a tent!
We made it to Lake Louise the first night, and spent a wonderful evening there just hanging out. It rained hard after dark, and by morning the rain was gone, but the smoke from FBX had moved in thick! We broke camp and headed toward Valdez with my poor little asthmatic grandson wheezing under a wet dishtowel. Our favorite campground in Thompson Pass was closed, so we descended into Valdez to find fog. We played around on the port side of the bay and let the boys catch humpies 'til they were tired of it, then went to get a camping place at Bear Creek RV. It was $25 for no hook-ups! We cooked humpy, and afterward, the boys biked while we looked for salmon berries. Not much.
And then it began to rain, and it did so HARD all night and into the next day. Poor son in tent was soaked. Small kids were bored. We decided to make another quick exit and headed back toward Glenallen.
On the way we had lunch at a beautiful place in the pass, then worked our way back toward Lake Loise road. Smoke was gone, and weather was nice. We found a wonderful camping place at a little pothole lake called Elbow Lake (mile 11.5). It was great weather and we all had a wonderful time canoeing, berry picking and hanging out by the fire. No fish in the lake even though it had a sign saying there was, but no problem.
Slept in the next day, and then leisurely broke camp to head home. Stopped in Eureka area to pick more berries, and got some, though not lots. Now in Eagle River at daughter's before making our way back to Slowdotna. Start work next week.