The Whiting's Great Alaskan Adventure travel blog

Harry at the dock for the Sternwheeler

Our sternwheeler

Mom and Dad on the Sternwheeler

Harry and Jackie at the back of the boat

Our sister ship

Mock town...the Sternwheeler gift shop

Sled dog demo

salmon wheel

birch bark is waterproof

Harry on cabin bed...caribou fur makes it soft to lie on?!

hand made Eskimo parka...all animal parts

The closest we could get to a bull moose

Ride the Salmon at the Salmon Bake

the Whiting

the Whiting insignia

Whiting info

Visit to the sleddogs from Sternwheeler



Cool racer

Alaska snowmachine

Sleddog race anyone?

Harry was up at 1:45am to check on the Northern Lights but it was cloudy. We thought they were only visible in winter but actually they just show up when there is more darkness and away from city lights. They are always there. Sadly it was cloudy so Harry let us sleep. They had been spotted at Denali when we were there, but we did not know to look for them. No outings till after lunch, but then we were off to board the Sternwheeler paddle wheel boat. We found more must have deals in the gift shop before we boarded. It was a big boat that held 900 people...3 levels! It was pretty full...lots of cruise/tour groups. Had presentations of float planes, a sled dog demo, nature walk stop at a mock Eskimo village as we cruised the Chena River. We saw reindeer at the village, visited the friendly sled dogs, and learned about furs (including a gorgeous Eskimo parka), the salmon wheel, and smoking salmon...a main staple). After a short return trip that included a yummy smoked salmon on cracker snack, we were ready for dinner at the Salmon Bake. It was a huge outdoor area with all you can eat salmon, snow crab legs, prime rib, and cod. Lots of sides too...huge salad bar, red potatoes, corn on the cob and even cake with fresh berries for dessert. It was the most stuffed we were the whole trip, but it was soooooo good! And it was only $28 with our base coupon! It was even drizzling rain, but plenty of places inside to eat. We waddled out of there and decided we needed to burn off a little, so we visited an antique car museum dad was interested in that also had ladies dresses on display from the ones anyway. (1900's -1930'). They even had a car called a Whiting that even my husband or father-in-law did not know existed...beautiful! Also had an Alaska section of vehicles, huge pictures on the wall, and stories. Very impressive. Finally home at 9:30 and still full!

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