This is an amazing place to have a theatre conference, and no, we don’t spend all the time in a room watching plays and eating.
Actually a lot of us spend time walking around the town. Everything is within walking distance, including restaurants and other venues, and the local people have been very welcoming. Valdez is a summer tourist mecca for trips into the Alaska interior and fishing, and even if the temperatures aren’t subtropical, it’s a nice break from the humidity that awaits my return next week.
As for wildlife, I was told to be on the lookout for moose. So far all I’ve seen are some of the local indigenous population of rabbits.
And, yes, I have wasted no time doing some shameless self-promotion. If I don’t do it, no one else will.