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    Posted July 19, 2011 by
    Ellamar, Alaska
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    Alaska: Plenty of room to roam

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    The Solitude of Ellamar, Alaska


    There is no way to describe the sights and experiences I saw while in Alaska.  No way to describe the glee and transformation of a free soul on the edge of the untamed wild.    It’s a 2-hour boat trip from the Port of Valdez, through the Valdez Arm (Valdez-Dutch Harbor) along the Alaska Marine Highway (the country’s most unique Scenic Byway) in Prince William Sound to the Tatitlek Narrows to Virgin Bay.  Ellamar is across the way from Bligh and Busby Islands in Valdez-Cordova County, approximately 20 mi (32 km) southwest of Valdez.  Alaska native coastal villages, Chenega and Tatitlek, are nearby.  The weather was unprecedentedly wonderful for a sub-polar rainforest. The area, in the Chugach National Forest, is a temperate rain forest in the pacific temperate rain forest region. The glory around Virgin Bay has enormous unpopulated spaces where it’s easy to get away from it all. It is wild lands, wild life, wild fish and wild life!!! I was off the grid.  Not even the ghosts of the past were stirring. Ellamar used to be an old copper mining area and evidence of early-1900s wood construction and equipment is scattered throughout the area: the collapsed dance hall, the old boat house and mining boilers etc. All one has to do is dig a little in the ground to find an old bottle or broken pieces of fancy china covered by 100 years worth of growth, dead plant matter and erosion.  There is a rock shelf in the middle of Virgin Bay and lots of good fishing in Prince William Sound!  I used a net to scoop up glacial ice for beverage and fish cooling.  There were delightful feasts of fresh clams, oysters, shrimp and fish – the sea took care of me all deep fried and good. Alaska’s summer waters teem with 5 kinds of wild Pacific salmon, plus halibut, hefty rainbow trout and delicate arctic grayling.  And moose. The scrumptious moose!  And bear!  Corned bear!  Delicious!  I saw porpoises, sea lions and puffins in the wild! The forests provided a steady food supply for bald and golden eagles.     I wish I could share the wonderful sights with everyone everywhere. Pictures do not do it justice at all. Words sure do not do it justice.

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