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Aug 14, 2014 - An un-BEAR-ably good day

Anchorage, AK Alaska has more than 98% of the US population of brown bears,so we departed from Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane harbor, bright and early in the morning. These small floatplanes like our own are the only access to many places in Alaska, including our destination. We flew southwest over Cook Inlet and the western edge of the Kenai Peninsula to the foothills of Lake Clark National Park. Redoubt Bay Lodge is 70 miles southwest of Anchorage as the crow (or floatplane) flies. When we left Anchorage, it was partially...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Chugging along in Chugach

Anchorage, AK Although we woke up to rain, we were undaunted. Instead we dressed in our 2-piece rain suits and headed out to Flattop Mountain in the Chugach Range with our guide Ellie. This is only a 20 minute drive from our hotel in Anchorage. Flattop is the most often climbed peak in Alaska because it is so accessible and affords 360 degree views of the Alaska Range, Chugach Range, Cook Inlet, and Anchorage. Unfortunately, we were rather limited in any distant views today. The trail is great for picking blueberries as well so we munched...

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Aug 12, 2014 - What a wild(life) day!

Anchorage, AK This was a long day of sitting. First we were aroused by a 5 am wake-up KNOCK. Remember there are no clocks in the rooms and no land lines. Breakfast was at 5:15 am. Then we sleepily stumbled onto the bus to begin our 6-hour, 92-mile trek back to Denali. The speed on the narrow, dusty, twisty gravel roads is between 10 and 30 mph. Whenever 2 vehicles meet, one of them must scooch over as far as possible while the other edges past. Because we needed to reach Denali in time for the train, we did not have many opportunities for...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Kenai, Talkeetna and Glacier Flight

We spent several days at Beluga RV campground starting on August 3rd. This place was packed during July and salmon fishing peak. Now with August here almost all the RV parks on the Kenai have vacancies this time of year. The Beluga RV park has a great view of Cook Inlet where the ocean meets The Kenai River. Kelly and I fished and caught several reds. The weather was wonderful too. We departed Kenai and took a few days to arrive in Talkeetna. We stopped in Palmer. During our stay in Palmer we went to Martin Busers Happy Trails Dog Kennel....

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Aug 10, 2014 - Day 52 Anchorage AK

We pulled into Anchorage on Friday early afternoon and I had business on the base (Elmendorf) to take care of, while Phil took the motor home in for some minor repairs. That pretty much took care of the rest of the day. Saturday we didn't do a whole lot but ride around the town and planned our route to the train station for today's ride on the Alaskan Railroad. The train left at a decent hour (9:45) and we were lucky enough to get into the only double decker car on the train :-) Our train was heading south to the towns of Girdwood, Portage,...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Anchorage Tour

Anchorage, AK Kevin of Salmonberry Tours picked us up promptly this morning. There were only 7 on our tour as we explored Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. There are about 710,000 people in the whole state. Close to 300,000 of them live in Anchorage. Fairbanks is home to roughly 100,000 while the capital, Juneau, has only 50,000. But remember that there are no roads into Juneau. It can be reached by plane or boat only. Anchorage was established in 1914 as a tent city. Imagine living in a tent year round in Alaska! One of the places on our...

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Aug 7, 2014 - An endless day

Anchorage, AK We hit the road at 6:30 this morning. 14 hours later we were in our hotel room, mightily sick of airports (four of them) and airplanes (three of those). The flights were okay though we did have a delay in Dallas that made our connection in Seattle pretty tight. In fact, we walked off one flight and onto the next. Our luggage made it, too, which is pretty remarkable. Anyway, our hotel is right on Lake Hood, home to Lake Hood Seaplane Base. Jim was pretty excited to be right on the lake until he realized the planes come right...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Anchorage-Flattop

Tue Aug 5 - The weather is a little better today with temps in low 60's. We got a somewhat early start and drove to Potters Marsh to view the wildlife on an elevated boardwalk. We saw two eagles, salmon runs beneath the bridge and quite a few sea gulls feasting on all the dying fish...LOVELY! We then drove to Alaska's most popular hike, Flattop Mountain, and started our climb from the Glen Alps Trailhead. It's a total one-way distance of about 1.5 miles and a total vertical climb of 1,280 feet. The trail gradually becomes more rocky and...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Anchorage

Mon Aug 4 - Cloudy & chilly today. We walked around town in a light drizzle, checking out all the gift shops. Everyone pretty much has the same items, but fun to read all the raunchy & funny t-shirts. After lunch, we set out to look for the salmon viewing at a place called Shipcreek. We found the river and could see hundreds of salmon making their way upstream...quite a site to see! There were also a lot of people fishing along the banks. We talked to a local who fishes daily, and he mentioned that the license for locals is $15 a year to...

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Aug 3, 2014 - To Anchorage

Sun Aug 3 - Today's weather calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 66. Loving this cooler weather! Our plans are to drive to Talkeetna, and then on to Anchorage, about 230 miles today. Talkeetna is where they filmed the TV show Northern Exposure and is a quaint little town. Would have liked to stay longer, but had to move on. The drive is absolutely beautiful with clouds hanging as low as I've ever seen. There's a couple of pull offs to view Denali on the way to Talkeetna, and if we're lucky enough, we'll get the chance to see the...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Seward to Anchorage

Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, 2014 Foggy, Foggy Thursday! Awoke to fog so thick you couldn’t see 30 feet in front of you. We were in the 3rd row from the beach and could not see the ocean. We did some housekeeping, took showers and dumped the tanks to pass the time until we could see well enough to start out. By 11 AM it had started to lift some so we headed for Seward. About 20 miles north of Homer the fog disappeared and we had another beautiful sunshine day. We had a very uneventful trip to Seward (thank you, Lord!) and arrived...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Anchorage

Another beautiful day. Bob had vertigo when he woke up today, bed rest for him. Jeanette and Lon when looking for a freezer and the rest of us, except Bob went to Earthquake park for a walk. We then prepared a lunch of chicken,grilled potatoes, cooked carrots, bread and a great salad. We had a great day to sit out and enjoy the sun. Good day.

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