Blogs from Wrangell, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 23rd 2019

We were up early this morning, noting the low clouds misting us with rain - we knew that our shore excursion starts pretty soon after we docked, so we went up and found La Terrazza hadn’t even opened, and we went to the Arts Cafe where we shared a smoked salmon and cream cheese roll, a danish each and I had a pot of mango yoghurt with oats in it, followed by a coffee. We were waiting at the doors when we were given clearance to go ashore so we went down, met up with our tour guide Ruthie and hopped aboard their covered, heated jet boat. This jet boat held about 18 tourists, plus Ruthie and Big John, our captain whose boat it was. We had to proceed very slowly initially, because we were heading ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell May 29th 2016

I emerged from our cabin Sunday morning to find ourselves surrounded by mountains half covered in mist. Needless to say, it was beautifully quiet. I had the chance to participate in a stretch class. You know the type. Where the person up front always seems to be a cheerful, happy morning person dripping with.... "Oh it's so great to be here! I just love it, don't you? Best time of the day." Yah da, yah da, yah da. I could not let that one go through to the keeper. No. Wrong. The group were informed of my sentiments. I am not one of them. I am not a morning person. The stretching felt good though. We were told that we would be seeing Misty Fjords Monument this morning. What does that suggest to you? A monument ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 18th 2012

Sunday June 17th, 2012 Ketchikan to Meyer’s Chuck We crossed Clarence Straits in zigzag fashion, quartering the waves, for the comfort of the passengers. Sailors refer to it as tacking and for powerboaters zigzagging is better than upchucking. There is lots of camaraderie on the public float in Meyer’s Chuck and a lady was taking orders for cinnamon (sticky) buns for tomorrow. Cassie is a local who makes them and might be regarded as the mayor of Meyer’s Chuck. Kira spotted a boy about Cole’s age fishing off the dock and she was off with her red bucket hunting for aquatic creatures. Our sometime bos’un, sometime marine biologist identified a large jellyfish as a Sea Blubber Cyanea capillata. It’s also called a Lion's Mane jellyfish and I have some ri... read more
Kira on the dock
Anan Bay Observatory

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 13th 2011

Today was one of the best days imaginable. Both Don and I felt like explorers entering a new world. LeConte Glacier is a 21-mile-long and one-mile-wide glacier Since its discovery in 1887, the glacier has retreated nearly 2.5 miles (4 km), although it is considered to be in a stable position today. The glacier is known for its "shooter" icebergs which calve off underneath the water (LeConte Bay is 810 feet deep) and shoot out of the water due to their buoyancy. LeConte Glacier is the southernmost tidewater glacier on the Pacific Coast. Captain Jim and his Firstmate Jim took us and 6 other people on the adventure of our lives. No kidding!! This was an awesome ride. I won't say much more. But do have a look at the photos. ... read more
LeConte Glacier
Ice Berg
Ice Berg

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 13th 2011

As Captain Jim drove the boat through the bergs and floating ice of Le Conte Fjord getting closer and closer to Le Conte Glacier, the amount of seals increased with the density of ice. In another month many of the bergs disappear. The fjord boasts a large population of Harbor Seals and their pups. The waters are protected and serve as a breeding, birthing and rearing site for the seals. June is the best month to see seal pups on the icebergs. I have uploaded more photos than anyone would want to see, but I found the experience absolutely exciting and it is fun to share with you. In the age of digital cameras it is easy to shoot lots of photos. Can you believe I deleted over half of my seal photos? The harbor (or ... read more
Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 13th 2011

After the ride through LeConte Fjord, the boat took us to the fishing village of Petersburg, known as "Alaska's Little Norway". The trip from Wrangell to Petersburg is through the 21-mile "Wragell Narrows". Few cruise ships make it to Wrangell or Petersburg, because of the shallow waters. We ate a very late lunch at "Helse's" on Sing Lee Alley. Much on the menu had already disappeared from earlier lunch patrons. Evidently the homemade breads and sandwiches are in demand. The Son's of Norway Hall is near the saltwater inlet. It still hosts the local chapter of the International Son's of Norway, who work to preseve the town's Norwegian heritage. Beside the Norway Hall is the Fishermen's Memorial Park, dedicated in 2000. Its pupose is to commemorate and acknowledge the members of the community lost at sea. ... read more
Sons of Norway Hall
Harbor Seals
Harbor Seals

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 17th 2010

Day 7 Finally we arrived in Alaska, crossing the border just after midnight and still light. We got up early hoping to get well into Alaska but giving up on eating breakfast in Anchorage. We did want to stop at Wrangell-St. Elias especially since Elias is along. Also we'd followed the mountains for some time, the views breathtaking. At one stop we were reminded that not everyone is having the time of their life. We'd stopped to shoot photos of a glacier when we noticed a small group of people walking to the edge, most wearing black and carrying flowers. As we walked by a young woman was crying while 2 men carried a box, a shovel and a plant down the hill. The men dug a small hole and emptied the contents of the box ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 5th 2010

We drove all over Tok (population 1,393) looking for a tire for our camper. We finally found one at the fourth tire and rv repair place we tried. We bought two tires, and had just one of them mounted, so now we feel secure again. We finally left Tok, heading toward Glennallen on the Tok Cutoff. The road climbs up from the Tanana River drainage through Mentasta Pass in the Alaska Range, and along the Copper River. The distant snow-covered Wrangell Mountains were often visible as we drove through woodlands of black spruce and aspen. We set up the campers in Glennallen, then drove to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park's visitor center at Copper Center. Its a very nice visitor center with great displays. Wrangell-St. Elias NP is the largest of our national parks, six times the ... read more
Kerry and Charlie
Wrangell Mountains
Dandelion fuzz

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 16th 2009

(This is going to be a biggie.) I headed down the dirt road from Slana and thought, 42 miles of dirt road, I'll be there in about an hour. Well, it took me more like an hour and a half. Mostly because I'm a lifelong flatlander so crossing creeks with big rocks in them is new to me. I stopped at the first one, surveyed it, then thought I'd better get moving so I don't get stuck. I probably went a bit too fast because I bottomed out on the rocks bouncing through. When I got to the other side, I kept listening for loose parts and didn't hear anything rubbing or banging, so I kept on going. The next couple crossings were easier because I now was no longer a tenderfoot at this thing. But ... read more
Devils Mountain Lodge
Gassing Up My Ride

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 12th 2008

Leaving Palmer, hopefully for the last time, we once again headed east on the Glenn Highway. This road has become very familiar to us this week. The clouds hung low all morning and we had no views at all of this beautiful area and would never have known of it’s beauty, had we not passed through here before and gotten to see the incredible views. Kennicott Mine, McCarthy and the Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and Preserve are on the menu today. We are doing a lot of back-tracking, as the road to this area is back down toward Valdez. The gray morning turned into blue skies and sunshine in the afternoon. What a lovely day it turned out to be. We took the Edgerton Highway, a paved road, toward Chitina (pronounced Chit-na) and had great views ... read more
Begining of McCarthy Dirt Road
Bridge over Copper River
Dip-Net fishing on the Copper River in Chitina

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