Skagway. A very interesting little Alaskan port. We docked early in the morning and went off on our bus to the dog sledding camp. We started with a unimog ride up the steep mountain to where the dogs were. They got really excited as soon as they saw us as they knew that soon they would be running which is what they are bred to do. They pulled us on a summer sled as there wasn't much snow in Skagway. It was amazing!!
After our ride we had time to fuss all of the dogs and get licked by them. Then we went to the camp for a talk by a musher, someone who has her own team of dogs and enters races. Then it was the bit that I was very excited about....puppy holding. I held a naughty one who wanted to chew my jacket. She was gorgeous, only six weeks old. It's a good job that there are quarantine rules otherwise there would be a puppy coming home!!
Next day our boat cruised the inside passage and glacier bay. The boat drove very slowly through the ice field and we got up really close
to one. I thought that I could hear thunder but it was actually the sound of ice breaking off and falling into the sea. The glaciers were amazing and we are lucky we saw them as they are melting fast. It's really hard for me to describe in words what it's like to see one of these huge glaciers. It's just something that you have to see once in your lifetime I think.
After our day in Glacier Bay we had a day at sea during which we were sailing towards Seward near Anchorage. We got off of the boat yesterday and got a coach which took us on a ten hour, 386 mile journey to the interior of Alaska, Denali National Park. The journey was amazing. Alaska has just had the worst April in 86 years and there is still a lot of snow around even though the thaw should be happening now. We drove out of civilisation and away from power lines and into the wild interior of Alaska.
I was expecting a quiet coach journey with the elderly Americans but it turns out that they misbehave on long journeys. One man took 4000 photos out
of the window and had to change his memory card. Also a crazy lady videoed almost the whole journey, I really pity the people that get invited round to watch her holiday video!!! Boring!
We arrived in Denali last night. It was zero degrees but strangely light with blue skies. This is the time of year when it doesn't get dark and so the sun was still up when we went to bed at midnight. It's very strange and even with thick curtains we didn't sleep that well.
This morning we slept in and just headed out for a coffee and scone for breakfast. This afternoon we are going on a tundra wilderness tour. We are going out into the park hoping to see moose, wolves and bears. I want to see a grizzly, they are the biggest land mammal and it would be amazing to see one. Ash is eager to see any Alaskan wildlife, he loves Alaska. We have seen loads of bald eagles as round here they are a bit like pigeons!!
Tomorrow we are heading on the train up to Fairbanks where we are going on a steam boat and going gold dredging.
If we find gold we won't be coming home!!!
Right I had better be going, I have bears to spot. Love to all of you,
Wend and Ash xxxxx
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