Don Cutler

Don Cutler

Don Cutler

I love to travel with Debbie!!!!

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 16th 2013

The next day, our last small town on the cruise was Ketchikan, home to Totem Pole park where replicas of many the lands Totem Poles reside. This struck us a more of tourist gimmick, so we elected to take a nature walk out at one of the hundreds of small islands in the area. We had hoped to see more Bald Eagles and we were not disappointed. The shuttle took a group of about 25 out to a small harbor north of town. We jumped out and into life jackets. As we walked down the gangway, I noticed our boat resembled a large 25 foot, rubber life raft with a center console, and twin 200HP outboard motors. “Strange”, I thought, but this is probably a good way to get around up here from island to island. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau » Tracy Arm July 14th 2013

Next on the tour was Alaska’s capital town of Juneau. Many campaigns to move the capital to Anchorage have failed and this small tourist town, isolated from roads in or out, is still home to Alaska’s first family. We took and adventurous bike ride which took us to nearby Mendenhall Glacier. The base of the glacier ends at a small lake with a spectacular waterfall. The bike ride was pretty easy as biking goes, but perfect for tourists who haven’t been on a bike for few years. The glacier cooled air was a joy to breath as we rode through paths in the forest where one of our guides provided new words to challenge us by. These were pretty interesting terms such as glacial isostatic relief which describes the unweighting of glacier pressure on the ground, ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage July 13th 2013

We had such a great time in Glacier Bay, we wondered if this was the last of the great times on the Great White & Blue Coral Princess. What we didn’t expect how these small Alaskan towns would swell 3 to 5 times their size when a host of cruise ships would dock for the day. This happens almost every day. No wonder they survive on the tourist trade first and everything else is second for 3 or 4 months a year. In addition, only Skagway is available by road while the other two are only available by boat or seaplane. Our first stop of the three town tour going south was Skagway, home of the WP&YR. This stands for White Pass and Yukon Railroad. This railroad is quite famous and historic in the post gold ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 12th 2013

Glacier Bay – Friday 7-12-13 What Aaaa day, whaaat a day, what a daaaaay!!! We had jumped on board the Coral Princess a couple of days ago, and one of things we did was explore the boat. Good idea right? So we found this place on the back of the boat a few decks below the top decks called The Sanctuary. “Ohhhh,” you ask. “What is that?” The Sanctuary is somewhat of a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the boat. You pay a small fee and get to hang out on the back of the boat where it’s pretty isolated from the wind and cold due to the protective nature of the ship’s design, especially under way. Its next to the gym, has a small little pool that looks over the back of the ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Copper Center July 10th 2013

You may ask yourself after seeing the title "The Highlight of the Trip", "wait", "you still have the cruise, how can this be the highlight?" Well, let me say that this was one of the best days of my life. My friend Tom "Yeah Baby" Fields knows what I'm talking about. It was the perfect storm of luck, opportunity, and yes, you guessed it, being prepared. It started out by changing plans. We rolled into town on the mother of all land yachts yesterday about 4pm (see yesterday's blog). We heard from the driver on our trip, that the Copper River Salmon were running for about 2 weeks now. There was a slot of time we had the next morning that we could go out fishing. So we booked Klutina River Fishing Charter for a 7:00AM ... read more
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I think I had too much coffee late last night. I went to bed thinking to myself of how tourist act on the big day...... Get to the to your 45 degree, 5AM, pick-up point hours earlier. Stand in line, waiting to get the best front seat for the most awesome view of your road trip. Mark your turf by standing stern with your arms crossed, talking trash how you are the most feared travel trailer to roam the state. Determine to know exactly where that bad boy is going to stop so you can be the one in the front of the line to greet the driver with the best toothless grin you can muster. Then, you can start to drool uncontrollably over that first passenger side seat right above the entrance stairwell. But wait, ... read more

Today we got to visit one of the most northern National Parks in the U.S.A. Denali National Park, home to Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Wolf, Lynx, Golden Eagle and many other animal and bird species. We had upgraded our natural history tour which would have been a 4 hour tour in the park to an 8 hour tour, which turned out to be a great idea. The temperature reached a high of 59 with occasional light drizzles. The wind however got to be pretty crazy. The Alaskan Mountain Range was spectacular with amazing views around every corner. Many peaks are above the height of California's Mount Whitney, but of course Mt McKinley stands head and shoulders above the rest at a little over 20 thousand feet. What makes climbing it so hard is the far northern latitude ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Denali July 6th 2013

We were able to book a last minute Kayaking trip at a nearby lake. Lake Byers is the largest lake in the Danali State Park which eventually connects to the Cook Inlet. Salmon do make their way up to the lake, but we found out that they are not yet running and a bit too early. When we got to the lake, we quickly suited up in waterproof pants and shoes. Since it wasn't raining, we didn't need ponchos or rain gear. Our tour guide Nate took us around the absolutely pristine lake. As you can see from the pictures, the lake was calm, very little rain, but quite cloudy. The great mountain was still hiding behind the heavy cloud cover. They say here if you do get to see it, you are part of the ... read more

This was the day we were flying to Alaska!!! After a fairly restless night concerned we were going to miss the flight we got up plenty early. It was 0-dark thirty when the alarm went off. With another hour till Road-Runner would pick us up…..except they were ½ hour earlier than arranged! Get up, get dressed, and get out! The ride to the airport was pretty uneventful if you consider running two red lights and screeching to a halt in the middle of the intersection! Fortunatly, we made the plane with plenty of time. The flight was great, with no bad weather and we arrived safe and sound in Anchorage. We arrived in time to capture some great pictures and culture of the largest city in Alaska. We had a great dinner on an old trestle ... read more

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