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Oct 4, 2015 - Anchorage

Our trip began in Anchorage after we had a tour of the city, got settled into our hotel. At six pm the mixer was followed by dinner at the Captain Cook, the 7th floor three directional glassed sky view room. Ocean, mountain and city views surrounded us as we enjoed a lovely meal and introductions. The lead tour director is Robert, from Ottawa, a good natured seasoned travel adventurer. Robert was in the Canadian astronaut program and missed the final cut to Marc Garneau whom he remains friends with today. He is an excellent logistics...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Fall Equinox

Yesterday was the first day that there was more dark than light during the day here in Anchorage. We are losing about 5 1/2 minutes per day of light, which adds up quick. When I first arrived sunrise to sunset was from about 5:45am to 10pm. Now it is about 7:40am and 7:30pm. This week the weather was cool, but nice at the start. I took a hike on one of the mountains surrounding Anchorage called Flat Top. It was a steep, but beautiful hike. There was even some snow at the higher elevations, even though it didn't feel that cold. For all my...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Seward Highway

We left Anchorage this morning and drove to Seward in the rain. We stopped to see the Exit Glacier and as we turned in the road to visitor's center it stopped raining. Very nice and nice walk to the glacier. We had a nice lunch of Halibut and chips at Rays Seafood on the harbor and made the return trip to Anchorage. Hope to take in some of the agriculture area around Palmer tomorrow.

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JC&Linda Clark

Aug 24, 2015 - Denali in its entirety

Finally in Anchorage but more about that later. We spent 3 great days at Denali. We got there on Thursday but couldn't get into the park so we stayed at a parking lot campground right outside the park. Our site was, however, right behind a funky little restaurant that we loved. Order at the counter and go sit down, everything home made, very unique stuff and mainly a coffee house. Had dinner there and we had to go back for breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage gravy and biscuits. Very good. We had made reservations at Denali Park...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Glacier cruise

About an hour and a half south from Anchorage is Whitter, where we caught the boat for the glacier cruise. I got a ton of pictures but before the end of the 5 hour boat ride, my camera battery died. I finished up on with my phone camera, but my phone is being weird about uploading any data so I have to work on get those pictures to load. But here's a start at least.

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Aug 22, 2015 - Berry picking!

Went berry picking today. As describe by a local website this is the place we went. Rendezvous Peak Trail Glenn Highway north to Arctic Valley exit. End of Arctic Valley Road, adjacent to Alpenglow Ski Area. Find a gorgeous mountain bowl drenched with blueberries, mossberries, crowberries and cranberries. As you can see from the photos it was truly gorgeous. I had no idea there were berries called mossberries and crowberries (sounded a little like something Willy Wonka would make up). However the most plentiful berry were the crowberry (...

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Aug 19, 2015 - PIcking up Jesse in Anchorage

Last night we stopped near Talkeetna, and today drove on to Anchorage. Jesse is flying in again to go fishing on the Kenai with us. He found it to be fairly inexpensive to fly from Seattle to Anchorage so it makes for a nice long weekend. Sorry Ryan and Becca could not come back too. We stayed at the Cabellas in Anchorage again. Free spot and close to the airport. After a late night game of cribbage, which I won, it was time to turn in.

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Aug 17, 2015 - Kids start school

I finally got to meet most of the kids I am going to work with. Kindergarten and first graders don't start until next Wednesday so still a few to meet. Basically the rest of this week was working with teachers, firming up schedules and learning about the kiddos.

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Aug 11, 2015 - Started work

New hire orientation. They gave me a brand new MacBook Air. Then they bored me for the next 2 days showing me how to use it for working in the school system along with yur standard new hire stuff (HIPPA anyone?) etc. Then for the next for days I went to the various schools I was going to be working in meet the teachers, set up a tentative schedule and did some more start of year mandatory training.

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Aug 10, 2015 - Day 34

Packed up earlier than necessary to walk downtown again to river to watch fishermen. Salmon jumping and men were catching but throwing some back. Went to Ula store near trains and river. Ron bought Ula knife and board and earrings (Alaska forget me nots) for me.Took Ula shuttle back to hotel and talked with driver who is local. She described how her whole family fish when salmon are running and can/freeze/dry salmon for winter. One more bus ride to airport with couple going home to New Zealand. Full plane returning to Seattle, the shuttle...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Arrived in Alaska

When I arrived in Anchorage, the weather was overcast but it was still beautiful. Went to my friend's house (who were out at the time rafting),brought in my suitcase and then went exploring. Found a local coffee shop and then a cafe that reminds me a little of Elmos. When I got back to my friends' they were home and spent the rest of the evening visiting. These pictures attached to this were taken along the coast trail in the day or so after my arrival.

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Jul 29, 2015 - Anchorage to Denali NP

July 29, 2015 – Anchorage to Denali We spent a day in Anchorage doing all the wash, going food shopping, fueling up, getting Bob’s hair cut and my nails done and, naturally, making a stop at Cabela’s. For the first time in several days, we were staying at a RV park, Golden Nugget, that had electric, water and sewer hookups and best of all, fast internet 4G coverage. Things that were taking hours to do elsewhere were done in 30 minutes! There is something to be said about being connected. The RV park was otherwise schlocky but boasted a huge...

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