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Sep 3, 2015 - from Homer to Portage and Whittier

Left Homer, reluctantly, and traveled to Portage and Whittier. Portage has a glacier, Portage glacier, that you can take a boat to and see it from close up from the water. Water in the lake just slightly above 32 degrees so there are icebergs in the lake--but no fish. The lake is up to 800 feet deep and with the glacier silt nothing grows so there is no food for the fish--hence no fish. Forest Service doesn't think badly about global warming as much as the Park Service does--interesting. Lots of rain in this area. Where Fairbanks area and...

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Jul 29, 2013 - On to Portage, Reds spawing and Oops!

Monday July 29, 2013 We took our time leaving this morning. I wanted to flush out the waste tanks well. So we hooked up and pulled the trailer forward a bit, connecting to the adjoining site (now vacant) sewer connection. The grade wasn’t the best so all that took a while. We finally got underway. We stopped at the Estes General Store in Moose Pass which has been in business since the day of the gold miners. They actually sold supplies to the miners – not much there now though! However, we did see some reds (sockeye) spawning in a small...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Portage Glacier

7-26-2013 Today we traveled just a bit up the road to look at the Portage Glacier and the Lake below it. Spike had been here years ago and said it has receded a lot. You can take a tour boat out to the glacier for $33 each, but we didn't as it was clear outside and you could see the glacier easily. Then we were off to Alyeska ski area to see how that has changed over the years. It used to be a very small ski area with just a couple of small chair lifts, and now it has a huge five star Hotel, a tram, and all the trimmings connected to it. It...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Turnagain Arm, AK

Fri, 06 Jul: A very short day's drive from Whittier (yes, it was still raining) brought us to our current location, a scenic overlook on the Turnagain Arm just west of the Gridwood junction. It is also raining here, but neither as incessantly nor relentlessly. We had a quiet nite listening to the rain drumming (beating?) on our roof. Since we were on battery power we didn't have either furnace turned on so we cuddled beneath our heavy blankets as the outside temperature was in the low forties. Upon awaking we turned on the bedroom furnace...

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2012 Travels

Jun 15, 2012 - Day 52, Girdwood and Airport

Day 52, Friday, June 15, 2012 It was raining again this morning when we got up. We drove south again back toward Anchorage. We turned off and took the Alyeska Highway which does not go very far. The end of the Crow Mine Road is 6 miles and ends in a gorgeous valley of new green and old snow. We explored Girdwood which was wiped out in the 1964 earthquake and what was left moved two miles up the access road and started over. They have a lovely hotel with a fountain and flowers and tulips everywhere. Girdwood is big for skiing in the winter....

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Jun 14, 2012 - Day 51, Portage Glacier

Day 51, Thursday, June 14, 2012 When we got up, there were blue skies mixed in with the clouds. First time we’ve seen that much blue in a couple weeks. The sun was sparkling on the wet grass which has grown another two inches since yesterday. More wildflowers are blooming especially lupine and wild roses. We drove the Old Glenn Highway south back through Anchorage and onto the Seward Highway. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, we couldn’t see any of the mountains. Today, it stayed clear enough to see everything (except a beluga). We...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Portage Valley, AK - Day 2

It rained hard in the night and we woke up to drizzle and 45 degree temperatures. After breakfast and hoping it would warm up some, we took the little trail next to our campsite. Always mindful of bears, we walked along hoping to run into some other people. Pretty soon, we spotted a couple who were looking at the salmon spawning in the creek. We chatted for a few minutes then continued on. We came to a bridge with several displays for four types of salmon. There was a couple there with three young boys and we struck up a conversation with...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Portage Valley, AK

We left Soldotna heading for the Portage Glacier area. We had visited Portage Glacier back in 1992 when we made our whirlwind, weeklong trip through Alaska with Bryan's parents. Paul and Carol, the couple we met back at the Fairbanks Elks, told us the Williwaw campground was a nice, forest service campground centrally located to Portage Glacier, Whittier, and Girdwood. But they also told us about a great boondocking (free campsite) that they had discovered and gave us instructions for how to find it. We dropped the RV off at a trailhead...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Back at Williwaw

Our day started with an absolutely gorgeous sunrise. It was so much better than the pictures portray. Since it had just stopped raining, there was also a rainbow. We said our good-byes to Tony and Diana and we headed toward Anchorage. We had a couple stops before we could actually get started. Two tanks needed to be filled--the gas tank and the fresh water tank. Seward Highway is designated a “scenic byway” and it was a particularly beautiful drive this morning. The skies were blue, the visibility crisp, and we were driving in the...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jul 6, 2011 - Williwaw Campground and Portage Glacier

I have hot water!! Life is soooo good!!! We have been without hot water since I can’t remember when. Gene had changed all the fuses and done everything he knew how. Turned out to be the circuit board. The folks at Valley RV did a splendid job and had us out of there within a couple hours. We made our way through Anchorage, the largest city we’ve been in since I can’t remember when. We had heavy traffic for about 40 miles and it seemed to take forever. There is no interstate, but both Alaska 3 and Alaska 1 are three lanes in each direction....

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jun 12, 2011 - Portage,AK

This morning we took a 6-passenger enclosed tram (only 6 of us on it) up Mt. Alyeska. Alyeska Resort is the largest ski resort in Alaska. From the top you can see 7 different glaciers (3 very well) along with Turnagain Arm. I think we left about noon. Photo-op at Explorer Glacier with a beautiful turquoise pond in front of it. We then stopped in Portage to take a cruise on the M/V Ptarmigan and have a very up close look at Portage Glacier. The water in the lake was a very light gray, almost white, because so much glacier ice falls into it...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Almost the End

Day 24 Miles: 151 Total: 5392 Campground: Williwaw Campground, Portage Glacier, AK Our last full day in Alaska, and our last full day of our RV adventure. We stopped at the Eagle River Wildlife Center just outside of Anchorage for a 3+ mile walk through the forest and along the river bed. The walk through the woods was nice and we saw some wild flowers that we had not seen before, but the main accomplishment was that we were food for the mosquitoes which were really bad. Our treat for today was a pizza slice at Sam’s Club before moving down...

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