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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 20th 2011

It was a short drive from Ninilchik to Homer, only 40 miles down the Sterling Highway. Homer is famous for many things: it is known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World," it has the Salty Dawg Saloon, it was made famous in Tom Bodett’s book and radio show (you might remember him from the Motel 6 “We’ll keep the light on for you” ads) "End of the Road," it is home to the Hillstrand Brothers, Andy and Johnathan, famous co-Captains of the Deadliest Catch king crab boat – Time Bandit, and of course, The Homer Spit. The Spit, 4 ½ miles of road that ends in Kachemak Bay, is probably the exposed part of an underwater moraine for a tidewater glacier. A geologist from Soldotna dates the Spit at approximately 16,500 years old. During ... read more
The Fishing Hole
Red (Sockeye) salmon

North America » United States » Alaska » Ninilchik July 18th 2011

We were very glad to get out of Seward because of the constant wind. We couldn't even sit outside to enjoy a campfire and the view after a nice dinner of Alaskan King Crab legs at Ray's Waterfront Restaurant. As we drove out of town this morning, the cruise ship Radiance of the Seas was in port. Holy Cow, is that thing ever big! It looked double the size of the ones that were in yesterday and the day before. I cannot even imagine the size of Allure or Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ships built to date. I just looked up the sizes: 2500 passengers for Radiance compared to 6300 passengers for Allure or Oasis - triple the size. Friday, 15th: Pretty uneventful/non-scenic drive (135 miles from Seward to Ninilchik) except for the ... read more
Visitor Center in Soldotna
10:00 pm
Styling before clamming

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 14th 2011

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry ride was great. After driving onto the ferry, we just relaxed and watched the scenery go by as the Captain did the driving, no bad roads, no loose gravel, no construction, no pilot cars. At one spot, several orcas had gathered and were jumping around. The captain turned the boat in a circle around them so all the passengers could get a great view. I got one great photo of a baby orca breeching. As we pulled into Whittier, more glaciers, more beautiful waterfalls. Off the boat and onto the road toward the TUNNEL. We were quite fortunate; we got there when our side got the green light to proceed. Proceeding into the dark and damp tunnel while driving on train tracks felt ominous. After 2.5 miles, the light at the ... read more
Another pretty view
Another beautiful waterfall
Orca breeching

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 12th 2011

Catch up day.......catch up on laundry, catch up on blog writing, catch up on work stuff, catch up on supplies needed for the next couple days! Tomorrow, we are off to Whittier via ferry, then about 90 miles of driving to Seward. The only hiccup may be "the tunnel!" The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is North America's Longest... read more
Grizzly Bear
Timber Wolf
Loved the sign from the old days

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 11th 2011

On Sunday, the Johnsons and Mike and Jack left to head over to Palmer and Anchorage while we stayed in Valdez. We walked around town, heading out to the Crooked Creek Salmon Viewing area, but the pink salmon had not arrived yet. That seems to be the story on this trip – we either arrive a week late or a week early. How many times we have heard, “Oh, there were so many bears here just last week.” OR “Last week, there was a family of about 7 otters just playing on our beach right here.” Oh well, there’s still a lot of Alaska to cover. We walked over to the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal to book a ferry ride from Valdez to Whittier on Wed. That evening, we walked down to the docks to watch ... read more
Lunch caught
Spawning salmon
Pink salmon on ladder

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 9th 2011

Saturday, the cruise that was everything I thought Alaska would be! Ross, Linda, Mike, Jack and I took a Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Viewing cruise out of Valdez Harbor and into Prince William Sound. Gallantly, Jim volunteered to stay back to take care of Princess since it was a 9-hour cruise. As we left Valdez harbor, we cruised amongst the commercial fishing boats, fishing for pink salmon. They drop down huge nets in a large circle and then gather the top of the net together in an action called pursing. Once the net is pursed, it is hauled aboard the fishing vessel. The “purse” is called the money bag. Then, a large tender comes around and vacuums (using a machine called a Trans-Vac) the fish out of the boat’s hold and into the tender’s hold. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 8th 2011

Friday, left Tok to head for Valdez, home of two disastrous events that both happened on Good Friday in two different years: the earthquake registering 9.2 on the Richter scale lasting over 4 minutes struck March 27, 1964, the oil spill, worst in North American history (until last year in the Gulf), spilling more than 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound occurred March 24, 1989. Our original plans did not include coming to Valdez, but we are so glad we did. The pipeline is visible at places along the route southward, but really quite inconspicuous. The port and pipeline terminus are about 10 miles from downtown Valdez, so the town is still charming. After the earthquake, the old town of Valdez was condemned as it was built on unstable ground. So, a new ... read more
Vicious Wildlife
Bridal Veil Falls
Horsetail Falls

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 7th 2011

I have been making notes for the blog every day, but either we didn’t have internet or, if we did, it was soooooo slow. How we in the Lower 48 take some things for granted……. Tuesday, July 5th, we drove around Haines. We went west first – to the fish cannery. We got to the cannery at break time. The folks explained that we could take a self-guided walking tour around the cannery for free OR one of the workers would walk us around and talk to us for $20. I think they might have been joshing us; we opted for the self-guided tour. There were explanations at each window explaining what was going on inside. (good choice) We bought some sockeye salmon for $7.99 per pound. Can’t wait to grill it. We may become salmon ... read more
Chilkoot Lake
Totem and Cruise Ship

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 4th 2011

We decided to “do” the walking tour of Haines Sunday morning, but the wind was howling and it was cold. The buildings weren’t open until afternoon, so back home we went to catch up on blogs and photos. Cooked a nice steak for lunch, added some broccoli and a caprese salad. As we were sitting at the Johnsons for happy hour, out the front window, a gorgeous rainbow appeared. Soon, a couple eagles flew into the picture and we watched them as they scanned the water for food. Later, the cruise ships meandered down the canal towards Juneau. All the while, the clouds and the mountains keep changing patterns; it is mesmerizing as the white clouds sit atop the mountains like puffy mounds of whipped cream, then move on and turn gray and ominous as they ... read more
Soaring eagle

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 2nd 2011

The family is off to Skagway by ferry. It’s raining this morning, but it’s a spitty-rain, not a downpour, so walking is fine. We thought it was about a 15-minute walk, so we left early to be on time and got to the dock 30 minutes early. While standing around talking to a local, we saw eagles and otters. That made it worth it! It was still raining when we got to Skagway and the wind was cold, so the first place we went was a tee-shirt shop for me to get a long-sleeved tee shirt to put on under my short-sleeved one. We also bought an umbrella since we didn’t bring one with us on the ferry. For Princess, we put a garbage bag over her “backpack” Snoozer. I think most people thought we had ... read more
MS Fairweather Express
Linda and Princess
Skagway historic building

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