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North America » United States » Alaska July 3rd 2012

This one is for Jan, Dan and Marilyn and anyone else who may have the time on their hands to pay attention to these blogs. Since a large part of any Alaska vacation is seeing glaciers, I thought it would be interesting to see who could name the glaciers that were pictured and named in the entries published during this trip. We saw many more glaciers than are listed in the photos, but these were the main ones I photographed and also managed to get the names correct. Before the photo quiz, another bit of trivia. We learned an interesting way to remember the five types of Salmon found in Alaskan waters. You use your fingers to help remember. The five are: Pink, Silver, King, Sockeye and Chum. If you hold up your right hand, the ... read more

This trip has gone really well. The weather, which obviously is out of our control, has been fantastic. The planning, which we did control, was very good with one exception. I planned today to be an 8 hour bus tour of Denali National Park. Three years ago, I couldn't fit this into my itinerary and drove into the park with the Suburban to see what I could see. Well, you can only drive private vehicles 16 miles into the park and that doesn't afford you much of a look at the park. My mistake was driven by the faulty memory that it was about 50 miles from Talkeetna to Denali. It's more like 115 miles, which would take about 2-1/2 hours. We had to meet the tour bus at 8:15 AM, so we woke up around ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Talkeetna June 30th 2012

After our breakfast at the Mile High, I returned to the lodge to work on these blogs and the rest of the crew headed back into town. Since today was relatively relaxing after the 3 hour flight and tomorrow would be a long day doing an 8 hour bus tour of Denali Natl Park, tonight we were going to dinner with Howard and Darlene at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a high end lodge with a great restaurant. It's about a half mile away and located up on a large hill. It has a wonderful view of the Alaska Mountain range and Mt. McKinley. I went there 3 years ago before my previous glacier flight and that's where I dropped and broke my camera from the raised outside deck. (martinis WERE involved!) Howard surprised us by telling ... read more
Posing With The View
Mt. McKinley from Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
The Kribs

North America » United States » Alaska » Talkeetna June 30th 2012

We have another exciting adventure planned for today. At 8:00AM we drove over to Talkeetna Air Taxi at the Talkeetna Airport. Talkeetna Airport is the base for all flightseeing tours of Denali and also the base for climbers to be flown up to base camps where they start their climb of Mt. McKinley. Each year about1,200 people attempt to climb it. On June 16th, 4 Japanese climbers died climbing after hit by an avalanche. At 20,328 ft., Mt. McKinley is the highest mountain in North America. It is also considered to be the tallest mountain in the world from base to peak. According to Wikipedia: "McKinley has a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America.url= read more
Our Pilot, Tyler
Jan Returning The Purses
Glacier With Water

North America » United States » Alaska » Talkeetna June 29th 2012

The day after our Brooks River excursion, we checked out of our hotel in Anchorage and started driving the 2-1/2 hour drive to the town of Talkeetna. On the way, we would pass through Wasilla, Sarah Palin's home town and saw a lot of pretty scenery once again driving north on the Parks Highway. The weather was pretty good, 60's and cloudy, but no rain. We arrived at our home for the next 3 days, the Susitna River Lodge, about 2:30 in the afternoon and checked in. It was an opportunity for me to catch up with Howard and Darlene, the owners of the lodge. When I was here 3 years ago, they were very kind and hospitable to me after I dropped and broke my camera the night before my glacier landing flight. (Howard loaned ... read more
Marilyn and Dan
In Front of The Lodge
View of Cabins and Main Lodge

(Sorry, but this one's a biggie. It just has to be big! Just a reminder that you can see the full size pictures by clicking on any of them.) Today we were to fly to Katmai National Park to see the Brown Bears in the Brooks River feeding on salmon. Brown Bears are what we in the lower 48 call Grizzly Bears. I guess the correct name is Brown Bears as naturalists have been telling us. They are bigger in Alaska than in the west, and the biggest ones are the coastal Brown Bears that feed on the plentiful salmon. The inland bears grow to 600-700 lbs., but the coastal bears can go up to 1,200 lbs. The largest are the Kodiak Bears of Kodiak Island. They get as big as 1,500 lbs.! All Brown Bears ... read more
Turboprop Otter
Heading Into The Pass
I've Got Bears On The Mind

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier June 27th 2012

After Glacier Bay, the ship cruised though College Fjord before arriving in Whittier at about midnight. There are many glaciers in College Fjord and they are named after eastern colleges. We didn't get a lot of time to sightsee here because we were taking part in a music trivia contest on the ship. (took second) We would spend the night there in the harbor before disembarking at around 9:00 in the morning. We would then have a 1-1/2 hour bus ride to the Anchorage Airport where we would pick up a rental car. I kept wondering why our ship wasn't going all the way to Anchorage as some cruise ships do. It turns out that a lot of people take the train tour up to Denali National Park and then further north to Fairbanks. The train ... read more
Our Hotel
Lake Hood
Matthew From South Africa

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay June 25th 2012

Oh my god, how spectacular nature can be. This is obviously one of the most amazing places on this planet. The whole bay is more than 60 miles long from south to north and all of it was created by a gigantic glacier a few thousand years ago. There are many glaciers in the bay. The whole bay and surrounding area is a national park. We arrived at the mouth of the bay around 8:00 AM. The weather was kind of foggy with mist and pretty darn cold, the lower 40's. Not exactly beautiful for viewing, but that's the weather in the bay most of the time. The ship sailed all the way to the north end of the bay and then turned around and sailed back to the Gulf of Alaska. We have balconies off ... read more
Reid Glacier
Lamplugh Glacier
Margerie Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 24th 2012

We arrived in Skagway about 7:00 in the morning. It was another of those early wakeups for me. I gave up trying to get back to sleep at 4:30 and headed up to deck 14 to see the scenery. The further north we've gotten the longer the daylight has been. It didn't get dark until about 11:30 and at 3:00 AM it was rather light. By 4:30, it was definitely daylight. The ship traveled ever more slowly as we got closer to Skagway because the waterway got very narrow. Skagway was high on my personal list of places to visit because I've always been interested in the gold rush days and the adventures of the propectors in this rugged part of the world. Reading Jack London's books as a young guy stoked that interest. In a ... read more
Skagway Harbor-View to the South
Entering Skagway
Skagway (3)

North America June 23rd 2012

Not having done my homework, I thought Juneau was a much bigger city, being the capitol of Alaska. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has a population of 30,000 and is another cute old mining town. We are having unbelievable luck with the weather. The forecast for today in Juneau is sunny and 81! Everyone tells us it rained all last week and the week before. We're just going to keep our fingers crossed for the rest of this trip that it continues, but that would be asking an awful lot. We were booked to do a whale watching cruise followed by a tour of Mendenhall Glacier. We didn't have to leave for the cruise until 1:00 PM, so we walked around some of Juneau, checking out the shops. We boarded the whale watching ... read more
Dock in Juneau
At Dock in Juneau
Downtown Juneau

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