Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Old Valdez.
This page contains four sections:
Outdoor Activities ...
As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).
When in Old Valdez, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Old Valdez and the surrounding area.
- Astronomy & Satellites ...
Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above
website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed
sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
- To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above,
we pass this GPS location for Old Valdez:
- 61.115833, -146.266389
- Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
- The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Old Valdez
- Waymarking ...
Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
How Far From Old Valdez to ...
We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Old Valdez to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Old Valdez and extending to:
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Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 455 miles [732.3 km]<1> to the east southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Old Valdez to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 26 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 18 days.
The White House (Washington, DC) is 3,239 miles [5,212.7 km]<1> to the east (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 127 days and walking would take 184 days.
The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,014 miles [9,678.6 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<4>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,719 miles [10,813.2 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,215 miles [8,392.7 km]<1> and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<6>
Other Roadside Stops ...
Communities in Alaska
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Old Valdez. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Old Valdez) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Valdez. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.1158, Longitude: -146.2664 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Old Valdez have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
|<2>||While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.|
|<3>||The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Old Valdez to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.|
|<4>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 1.278 degrees.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 5.717 degrees.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 343.802 degrees.||