Blogs from Haines, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Haines June 21st 2019

This morning we went up to brekky and sat outside on the deck - every other morning has been too cold, but today was glorious. We’d been seated about five minutes when another waiter greeted us! Nelson was on the Panama Cruise and the Russian one. It is so lovely - like being part of the community. After brekky we returned to our suite and then watched the docking procedure right outside our balcony. We had lunch outside on La Terrazza as well, and enjoyed some more Brown Brothers Sauvignon Blanc with my lunch. We then headed off to shore side for our separate shore excursions. Tom was off to drive an ATV along old logging trails, I was off on a wilderness odyssey on a jet boat on the Chilkat River. It was very pleasant ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 8th 2017

Got up at 5 to catch the 8 am ferry to Haines. Nice voyage. Explored the town and got settled into our new lodging. Gorgeous view of the bay. Went to the brewery. Excellent beer. Then to the lighthouse for a delicious Italian meal. We had high expectations for Haines based on what we've been told and am not disappointed! Amazing! Beautiful.... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 6th 2017

Bonjour à tous Aujourd'hui nous avons été confronté à la pire beauté naturelle de la nature. A Juneau les ferrys accostent à 18km du centre ville, et nous avons 3h d'escale. Un petit coup de taxi et nous voici down town. Juneau 36000 habitants, capital de l'Alaska. Jolie petit centre, avec ces maisons colorées, peu d'activité mais il est seulement 8h. Une allure de gros boug de pêche. J'espérais trouver un beau capitole, mais c'est presque un des pires que j'ai vu avec le Nevada. 10h le bateau reprend sont chemin. Le brouillard qui plombait la ville à 7h commence à se lever, et on retrouve le Pacifique avec toutes ces nuances de couleurs, du turquoise au marron sable près de certains hauts fonds. Pour tenter de vous transmettre cette beauté , pour ceux qui connaissent, ... read more
ma petite fille. tres belle !!!!!
vue de la proue

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines June 21st 2017

We had the luxury of sleeping in this morning; and, our inside cabin has the advantage of not letting in the early morning sun in these northern latitudes. We headed up to the Lido for breakfast where Sharon got her waffle with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and I got my spicy omelet. We have a tour today; but, not before lunch! We headed for the Exploration café where I picked up two different pairs of matching Sudoku puzzles. We chose to do the Puzzle #230; but, it was significantly smaller than the “double-digit” puzzles (and even they are small), and it was virtually impossible for Sharon to annotate without rendering the entire puzzle indecipherable. I finished the Easy Puzzle; but, even I couldn’t complete the Hard Puzzle (I was attempting to do it without annotations). ... read more
Trumpet Swans
Eagles Nest
View of the river

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines June 5th 2016

Is it failure, lack of strength of some kind or plain good sense? I have set on a little trip, a few days ago. It would be my only occasion to bike solo and see Alaska before my Sister meets me back in Whitehorse. So I have two to three weeks to spare before the happy reunion. I consulted my hosts who also happen to be biking lovers and have a good knowledge of the area, about where would be a realistic destination and which road should be the most interesting. With close to no opposition, everyone agreed: Haines Alaska would be stunning to see, going through Haines Junction and biking the Kluane bike race route, play tourist for a few day on the ferry routes to Juneau and Sitka, and then biking back through Skagway. ... read more
Fairest of them all
Fresh air and freedom

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines August 20th 2015

We heard there was a great place to watch the bears not far from Haines, so we took a drive out last night. After watching several large grizzlies from across the river, we had a momma bear and her two cubs come out of the wooded area just ahead of us. We were able to move in rather close to get some good pictures and a good view of them catching and eating fish. The momma bear would catch a salmon and then one of the cubs would go to her to get the fish and then take it back to the bank to eat it. With two cubs, the bears were pretty busy. After they ate, they headed down the bank of the river right in front of us. There were plenty of people out ... read more
Bear Cubs
After Fish
Time to Eat

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 6th 2015

The Inside Passage is only available by ferry with the exception of two towns, Haines and Skagway. Located in the Northeast corner, they are connected by road to Cananda and to each other at the far ends of a 350 mile triangle. Ironically, they are a quick 1.5 hour ferry ride apart by sea. Haines is very laid back and modest, known for good hiking and outdoor activities, while Skagway has a very built up touristy downtown and is a gateway to the legendary Gold Rush White Pass and multi-day Chilkoot Trail and Hike. Deterred by the descriptions we heard of commercial Skagway, we decided to home base in Haines and take a day trip via the fast ferry to Skagway. As we stepped off the ferry and headed towards the terminal with our heavy packs, ... read more
Halsingland Hotel on Ft Seward Square
Couple off Beach Road
Beach near Battery Point

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines June 11th 2014

Shore day today - Haines and Skagway. Some have early trips booked, but we decide to just take our time. Get off the ship and see the ferry to Skagway so make enquiries, booked on the 1100 ferry to return at 1600. No spare seats so lucky to get on. Interesting trip about 40 mins with great sights of waterfalls, eagles and other bits of scenery. Come into Skagway and there are 4 cruise ships in port. Lots of people do the train trip up to whites pass. We decided to give that one a miss and just wander around the town. Main Street looks like it should be in an old time western movie set. Lots of gift shops as usual... The train used to run up the Main Street but now just stops at ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 22nd 2013

Geo: 59.2367, -135.437 It had rained heavily during the night, but not enough to make an impact on the bike's muddy condition. As we packed up to leave Beaver Creek, the sky was still covered with heavy, grey clouds. With the forecast for 30% chance of showers, we decided to forego the rain gear again. Taking off after a quick breakfast at Buckshot Betty's, we got on the road about 9:00, with temps in the low 60's. The 180 miles to Haines Junction was an ugly ride; a combination of poor roads, low cloud cover, perpetual mist, and occasional stretches of light rain. We were definitely ready for warm food and coffee by the time we reached the junction of Hwy 1 and Hwy 3. After our stop for lunch and fuel, we headed down Haines ... read more
Highway 3 approaching the B.C. border
Crossing into B.C. again
Along the Chilkat River north of Haines

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 31st 2011

Sunday, July 31st 8am ferry to Haines. The only other time we travelled with our car in a ferry was in Washington. From Bremmerton to Seattle. So, it was interesting to see cars from different states(US..some as far as Arizona) & other provinces(Ontario was popular, I noticed). It was the first time for S to be on any vessel in ocean waters(though typically, you don't get to the ocean between Skagway-Haines). It was a very short 40 min or so cruise & the ferry had a movie theatre that played some Alaska movie. When I have more time, maybe I should watch it. Mainland Alaska memories seem so long ago. The ferry had a neat dining area that served decent food. We spent most of our ferry time there as S had more space to run/see ... read more
Chilkoot lake
Eagle prey
family fight...and the mother won

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