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North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier September 24th 2015

Our penultimate day in Alaska gifted us with yet more briliant sunshine, clear blue skies and nary a cloud to be seen. This last week has truly been the Alaska of the travel brochures, all clear days, glistening mountain tops, sparkling rivers (their unnatural blueness comes from a build up of glacial silt in the water) and any number of glaciers. It's a different world to the Alaska that greeted us the week before, with its constant low cloud and threat of snow. While the snow was fun for a while, it's amazing what a difference a bit of sunshine can make. The plan today was to head back to Anchorage, taking in any sights that tempted us along the way. Before setting off, we went for a final walk around Seward's Small Boat Harbor. The ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier August 31st 2015

Today is our last day in Alaska - assuming the flight leaves on time tonight. But before you get started on this, be advised that photos have now been added to Aug 28 (College Fjord) blog entry. We set our 2 bags in the hallway last night (47.5 & 48.5 pounds), so we were down to a backpack and small roller bag. We got up and packed our final things as we did not have to be out of our cabins until 8:00, so we met the Sieberts in the hall at 7:55 and went up to the Horizon Court for a final breakfast on the ship. Our steward (Mar) was waiting in the hall to bid us farewell and to get started cleaning our cabins for the next set of passengers. The food court must ... read more
Billings Glacier
Tubenkof Glacier
Orca Whales

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 19th 2015

I'll write about two days in this blog, both centered around Prince William Sound We left the err... delightful Camelot Cottages on the way to Whittier. There are three ways to get to Whittier; plane, boat, or car. We drove for a couple of hours to the access to Whittier. To get to Whittier by car you have to go through a tunnel. The tunnel serves traffic in both directions, and a train. So far so good. The thing is, there is only one lane for all of that! And it's just barely wide enough for a train! Crazy! So, they have a time schedule. We paid the fare and stood in line for the 10:30 opening to Whittier. They put the vehicles in waiting lanes; the first three or four lanes for cars, then small ... read more
On the cruise
On the cruise
Otters

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier September 1st 2013

Location: Whittier Wildlife: salmon and marmot Scenery: glaciers Today I find myself in the quaint fishing village of Whittier, AK to go fishing for silver salmon with my niece, Ginny, and her husband,Will. I'm very excited because I know grizzly's like salmon and there are sure to be fishing along the shore trying to get their share of salmon! You access Whittier by driving down the Seward highway, one of the most picturesque highways in the country, and driving through one of the world's longest one-way tunnels, finally popping out in Whittier! Will found a lovely cove to cast out his line while Ginny and I 'helped' by standing on the shore shouting helpful advice to Will while he fished. After awhile we got bored as Will was not taking any of our advice (and subsequently ... read more
Whittier
LuAnne and Ginny
ROUS

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier August 8th 2012

Whittier is the western gateway to Prince William Sound and is located on the northern edge of the Gulf of Alaska. It is a very small town of a few hundred. Whittier was established by the U.S. Army during Word War II as "the secret port". Following the war, the Army built the two large buildings that still remain as landmarks in Whittier. The 14-story Begich Towers is now a condominium that houses most of Whittier's population along with its post office, city hall and medical clinic. Whittier has a mild maritime climate with a maximum of 84F and a minimun of -29F. Average snowfall is 260 inches annually. There is not much there except for small restaurants, shops, train station, day cruise dock, and ferry dock. When we arrived in Whittier, we lined up in ... read more
Rainbow at Valdez
The Aurora
Leaving Whittier

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier August 7th 2012

I need to clarify something I said in my blog yesterday. I said that when we were in the RV park near the Portage Glacier that we didn't have water and electricity. I meant that we didn't have hook-ups for these as we do have a water holding tank and a generator in our motor home. It rained Sunday night and it was raining yesterday morning when we left for Whittier to catch our ferry to Valdez. In 1914 The Alaska Railroad Corp. began to consider ways to construct a railroad spur to what is now the town of Whittier. They wanted this route because of its ability to provide a short cut to a deep-water port. This route didn't become a reality until World War II. The main advantage of using Whittier as a rail ... read more
Going into the tunnel
Leaviing the  tunnel

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 14th 2012

Whittier is sount of Anchorage, we took the train to Whittier for our cruise to the glaciers.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 13th 2012

Finally made to Alaska, Sum & I had a blast in AK, we Traveled on the Alaska train south to Whittier to catch the 26 glacier tour on board the Klondike. This ship is fast & cool, but we were there for the glaciers. This was a unique experience for us, we had never been to AK, and never seen a glacier upclose. Sum, had a blast as did I, we will return to AK soon, and glaciers are amazing, the air smell so fresh, the water was blue in Whittier, Whittier is a small town, it hos some little shops, but that is about it. I will let the picture do the narration for the glaciers.... read more
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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 » Whittier May 29th 2012

Getting ready to pack for our Alaska trip in 2 weeks. My sister-sib Karen and I have done this trip before but this time we are going to spend the night in Anchorage and take the train to Whittier the next day. We spend so much time outside on this trip and walk miles on the deck as the scenery is so incredible. In 2008 we did this trip and actually lost weight we put on so many miles. This trip we are going to hit every quilt store we can find: 2 in Anchorage, 1 in Juneau, 2 in Skagway and 1 in Ketchikan, last count. This year will be the first time we plan on taking a whale watching tour from a local company which will limit the number of people on the boat ... read more




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