Alaska, the Last Frontier - Summer 2012 travel blog

ferry building

ferry

ferry

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ferry turntable


When you live in a motor home, you can bring everything you need and lots that you don’t along. Yesterday we packed two duffel bags in no time, wondering if we were bringing the right things for the next adventure. We are headed to Katmai National Park to go animal viewing, bears fishing for salmon in particular. There is no reliable way to check the weather reports and this area has many nooks and crannies between the mountains that could vary a bit. We will be on a boat with no set itinerary that will take us to where the bears are.

Today we got up and got going much earlier than usual to board the ferry which took us from Homer to Kodiak. The trip took nine hours and can be nauseous at times, but today the journey was very smooth. The Alaska ferry system has a number of boats of different sizes and is subsidized by the state, because it is so important in keeping all the far flung communities in Alaska together. We were on their largest ship today which will ultimately sail to Bellingham, WA. The ports that it will stop in along the way vary greatly in size and port facilities. The tide is also a factor for a ferry system trying to maintain regular service. The Kennicott had an elevator and turntable which can take the cars and truck aboard, wherever they happen to be. Today they drove on, went down and twirled around before driving out of view.

We booked a cabinette so we would have a place to put our luggage. Theoretically we could have slept there. It had two single beds, one coming out of the wall and enough room to stand next to the bed and shut the door. The return trip to Homer will be on a smaller, slower ferry and we will be on board over night. For this trip we will have a cabin, whatever that means. Today the ferry showed movies in the theater and had board games for people to pass the time. A play area full of toys was available for the kids. A cafeteria offered reasonably priced food by Alaska standards and lounges with huge windows let us watch the scenery go by. It was another rainy day and we weren’t inspired photographically, so we didn’t have our cameras out when a young humpback started breeching, leaping out of the water repeatedly making huge splashes. Thrilling to see, but you’ll have to take our word for it.

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