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Aug 25, 2016 - The ride to Ketchikan

On the Matunuska, this time we had a cabin. They had Glenn, with the RV board first and about 45 minutes later I boarded with the Jeep. He was already settled into the cabin and had claimed the “good” bed. I got the bunk bed, so every time I sat up I bumped my head. When I was waiting to board, Glenn asked me if I saw the football team waiting to board and, sure enough, there was the football team. Also present was the cross country team. Apparently, Juneau-Douglas HS was playing football against Ketchikan on Sunday, and the Cross Country...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Day 21 & 22 Petersburg

We arrived at Rocky Point Lodge after much ado searching for the right dirt road in the fog at 2:30 AM! The fishing charter was a success and we had an excellent guide, Nick, who at first was a little reserved until he found out we are a fun group. Four fish poles went out for halibut and Elaine F. caught the first fish in short order followed quickly by Elaine N with her fish. No bites for the guys yet! A competition was born! The guys then caught theirs but only 40 pounders! The women ruled!! We shifted to fishing for salmon and...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Petersburg

We went out today with the same guide for whale watching. When we got to the dock I discovered that I had left all of my rain gear back at the camper, big mistake. For a great start for the day we spotted an Orca at the harbor entrance. We travel 40 miles into Fredrick Sound. We found ourselves surround by Humpback Whales and were treated to lots of tails and a few breaching whales that I was to slow on the shutter. As the seas picked up we head to a more sheltered location and located another group of whales feeding on krill. Kathy was...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Petersburg

We started the day with a trip to LaConte Glacier, 25 miles east of Petersburg. It is North Americas most Sothern tidal glacier and the fastest flowing glacier in the world. The Glacier move 80 to 90 feet a day and provides frequent calving events. Of the glaciers that we have visited this is one of the pretties. We did not see any whales but did see Stellar Sea Lions and ancient murrelet. In the afternoon we went to Blind Slough Rapids to look for spawning Salmon, bears and eagles. We did not find bears but did see a few salmon and 30+...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Petersburg

We arrived in Petersburg at 1:30 P.M. and found a parking spot near the ferry terminal. The morning was spent locating a RV campground, after securing a nice spot we went back into town for some “wildwife” shopping and to arrange a couple tour to LaConte Glacier and a whale watching trip. We took a drive out the south end of the road and ended up at a spot that was only 10 air miles from Wrangell. The weather has took a turn to rain, a more normal prediction for the area.

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Aug 13, 2013 - Petersburg Day 1

We shopped around a bit, and finally bought our Extra Toughs, they are rubber boots that go to the knee. Everyone in Alaska wears them like they are gym shoes. We figured they would be great to leave in the jeep for off roading adventures, since we end up in the mud most times. We also found a Smokery and bought a slab of Smoked Halibut, a slab of Black Cod and some Smoked Salmon. We also grabbed a fat pizza from Pappa Bears for dinner : )We went for a drive around the Tongass National Forest, and did some blueberry picking, Alaskan Wild...

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Aug 12, 2013 - Sitka to Petersburg

Took Ferry from Sitka to Petersburg about a 11 hour trip. Ugh! We had to be on the Ferry at midnight! Not too bad though, we pulled up, checked in and they loaded us right away. We had a cabin waiting for us, bunk beds, I had to be on the top bunk? Somehow it is easier for me to get up there? B got the bottom bunk! Anyway, not too bad, I think we got a bit of sleep. In the morning, we were able to see a pod of Killer Whales, and several Humpback Whales. It was beautiful traveling down the Fredrick Sound. About the Ferry Matanuska Launched:...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Hello, Petersburg!!!

Down the Inside Passage today ... to Petersburg. This is a seriously Norwegian town, founded by none other than a guy by the name of Peter ... Peter Buschmann. Locals call this place "Little Norway". Bonnie says, "These pics are in honor of the Linstad's of Appleburg, Wisconsin." The biggest building in town, except for the fisheries, is the Sons of Norway hall. BTW, Bob does not have a Norwegian, nor any Scandahoovian bone nor gene in his body ... but he is a 100% Honorary Norwegian ... given the honor by the late Mitt Vollreid of Medford...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Day 4 - Monday, June 18, 2012

Keith and I woke up around 4:00 AM. It is daylight at 4:00 in the morning here in Petersburg. I hear different bird sounds and some road noise. The hotel is in the middle of a small town that seems to be a one road town. Today we will walk around Petersburg until it is time to catch the ferry at 11:45 AM. The weather is nice in the low 60's with a chance of rain. We walked around town and saw many beautiful plants that we took pictures of. We stopped at what Keith called "The world's greatest hardware store"....real name is "Hammer and...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Day 2 - Saturday, June 16, 2012

I slept great! We woke up to low clouds touching the mountain tops. The color outside was many shades of grey displayed throughout the water and sky. The air was cool and thick showing signs of rain for the day. We had a wonderful breakfast in the dining room on the Columbia. Keith had eggs, hash browns and toast with coffee. I had huevos rancheros with hash browns and hot tea. I had asked for "tea", but in Alaska, they assume you mean "hot tea". I drank it and it was actually better than coffee. The food was very good and the view from the...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Petersburg

Days 49-52 Petersburg is different from other Southeast Alaska communities because of its Norwegian heritage. It’s a neat community of about three thousand in population with prim houses that often have many brightly colored flowering hanging baskets. Nicely cared for yards are the norm. Because of the Norwegian heritage, it’s a fishing village. It’s a three seafood-processing town with the largest halibut fleet in Southeast. At the local museum, a video about the town is titled, “Petersburg—The Town that Fishing Built.” Petersburg doesn’t...

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Jul 12, 2011 - La Conte Bay Glacier Tour (Wrangell to Petersburg, Alaska)

Our tour was pre-booked so all we had to do was show up with binoculars and camera in hand. The crew was made up of Jim and Jim. Jim, the captain, was a big, burly man of few words. Jim, the guide, was a youngish middle school (grades 5 – 7) teacher who was not only pleasant, but a wealth of information. Our fellow sea mates were a motley group. Of note was a middle-aged, Caucasian boat captain with her 5 year-old Chinese daughter who she took everywhere with her and a lady photographer with a humongous camera and a very shy son. The jet...

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