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Feb 6, 2017 - Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier was pretty sweet, but a long hike. we hiked on the lake for about 3.5 miles before we got to the turn and there it was, about another half mile away. So we finished the hike all the way to the base of the glacier. About 50 years ago the lake was not even there and the glacier was up to the visitor center where we started the hike. Damn Global Warming!!!

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Jul 17, 2016 - Whittier, Alaska

Whittier, Alaska The town of Whittier is nearly surrounded by mountains and is on the edge of the beautiful Prince William Sound. Until June 2000, the only way to get there was by boat or railroad. The railroad tunnel was very important during World War Two when Alaska was attacked by the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands at Dutch Harbor. Whittier was also an important location during the Cold War because it is close to Russia. In 2000 the 2.5 mile tunnel was converted to accommodate automobile traffic, and we decided to go to this lovely...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - Whittier for church

Karen was trying to find a church for services this morning but without the internet or phone service making connections is pretty hard. We drove around a long way out of our way before she got to talk to someone to find out we were headed the wrong direction. Ha. We got turned around and back to the tunnel at Whittier for the wait to go through. This is a one lane tunnel with both directions of traffic of both highway vehicles and rail road traffic using it. So you have to take turns. Made it to church on time. We found a nice little...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Alaska Wildlife Center

Karen wanted to go to the Alaskan Wildlife Center today and we did. It was pretty interesting after all, all the animals there were injured or ill or some other problem with them. Some of them will be reintroduced but most will live out there days there at the center. It was dusty and windy there today but there were throngs of people there. They have several hundred acres and enough room for the bison and other larger animals to roam and not be crowded. At the campground we are staying at we have no hookups at the site but there are a...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Yesterday afternoon we stopped by the pier where the fishing boats come in to see what kind of fish they were cleaning. It was halibut and red fish(?). That red fish was an ugly bugger, I don't want to even eat any of that. We went back home for our own happy hour while Karen was on whale watch duty at Cook Inlet. Homer is said to be the halibut capital of the world. We traveled north and wanted to stay somewhere near a wildlife rehab place that we wanted to go to. This had us at the forest service campground which was full. The host gave...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Whittier and Portage Pass

Hello everyone!! Back to WIfi and cell service after being without for 48 hours. We just arrived at Homer in the Kenai Pennisula. Our camp ground faces the ocean. Nice views. It's been gloomy and rainy, but even so, the scenery is spectacular. We will relax and explore Homer tomorrow. Halibut fishing on Friday! Below are the past few days when I couldn't get Wifi or cell service to send a blog. I do put things in paragraphs, but the trip journal runs it all together when I send it to y'all. We left Anchorage headed to Portage Pass and...

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Jun 30, 2016 - Whittier AK --Great animal spotting day

Awesome animal watching day. First we had to wait our turn with the trains to go through a one lane 2.5 mile long train/car tunnel through the mountain. Then we got to town and saw the huge cruise. But the when went out on a tour boat (I almost got to drive it) and saw Orca’s (i.e. Killer Whales), a humback whale (Dad is mad because he didn’t see it), sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and bald eagles. Oh yea and 26 glaciers some of them really, really close to the boat. Our only regret is that Dad ran down he battery on the camera before...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Whittier, Hope & Seward - Day 2 in Alaska

Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to my hubby! We awoke in Whittier to another bright sunny day. We traveled the short distance from our parking area to downtown Whittier and looked for breakfast. A local resident suggested we eat breakfast at the Anchor Inn. There we had a delicious breakfast but better yet, we spent time learning about Whittier's history from the restaurant's owner. The owner has lived in Whittier about 40 years. The town began as a military location after Pearl Harbor. The location on a deep inlet (that never freezes) made...

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Our Travels

Jun 12, 2016 - Whittier

On Saturday, the glass dome Princess Train carried us along a scenic ride from Talkeetna to Whittier. The view included snow-capped mountain peaks with waterfalls cascading down them, small glaciers, a few moose, beaver dams and bald eagles. How can one state hold so much beauty? When we arrived in Whittier, it was cloudy, rainy and about 45 degrees. Which is typical for the area. The town averages 30 feet of snow in the winter, and in summer gets a considerable amount of rainfall. As they say, “There is no place prettier than Whittier...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Whittier, Alaska

I posted a few more photos of our flight to/from Katmai. Katmai is a National Park about the size of the country of Ireland. The best place to watch the bears is McNeil River, however a lottery permit application must be submitted by March to get into McNeil. That is why we picked Brooks River. That is also why Brooks is so crowded that a 1 hour limitation is placed on the viewing at the falls. TUESDAY - We left Nikiski at 11:00 am. As we were driving back, we saw a sign that said Whittier 50 miles. Jean said "Should we go to Whittier?"...

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2015 Alaska Trip

Jul 16, 2015 - Glaciers

Arrived in Anchorage 7/14. Large city. 301 hundred thousand people. Downtown is easy to get around. Every other street is one way. The city is laid out well and lots to see. Went to Alaska trooper museum, saw some cultural displays and took a train ride on the Alaskan railway for three hours to whittier Alaska. Took tour to see the glaciers They are Hugh. There are different types but the coastal ones come down to the water and the ice calves or falls off as it melts. It sounds like thunder and leaves small chunks of ice everywhere. Saw two...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 10, 2015 - Valdez to Whittier to Portage

July 10, 2015-Valdez to Whittier, Whittier to Portage to Seward Yesterday, we took the ferry from Valdez to Whittier; a 6 hour trip. It should have been a spectacular cruise but, it was so foggy and rainy that you really could not see anything which was a shame. But, since we had to get up at 5:00 a.m. to get into the “standby” line by 6:00, we spent much of the trip sleeping or reading. The ferry itself is quite comfortable. You leave your rigs/cars in the hold and there are nice lounges throughout the vessel. They also have a very nice...

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