Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Whittier, Alaska, United States

Jun 17, 2012 - Day 54, Whittier/Prince William Sound

Day 54, Sunday, June 17, 2012 Happy Father’s day to my Dad and my husband and all you other fathers who may be reading this. What a beautiful day we had. Blue skies and semi-warmer temps. The town of Whittier is just a few miles down the road across the Portage Pass but it is the getting there that is interesting. In 1942 a tunnel two and a half miles long was built under the mountain to allow train access to Whittier. There are no roads. In 2000, they finished refurbishing the tunnel to allow for motor vehicle access also. But everything...

Jump to full entry

Jun 15, 2012 - Whittier, AK - Marine Hwy Syst.

It was with great anticipation that we waited patiently to load the “Rhino” aboard the Kennicott, in Bellingham, WA. The excitement of finally making it to Alaska has been building for some time, and this was it… WE WERE FINALLY GETTING ON THE SHIP! The Kennicott was built in 1997, and is about as flashy inside as the school I went to in the 80’s. The seats in the dining room resembled something from the set of the original Star Trek TV series. The carpet, reminded me of the Galaxy movie theater I frequented in the same time frame. She was...

Jump to full entry

Sep 15, 2011 - Rail to Sea

Up early and off to Denali Rail Station. The fall colors were spectacular!! Dall sheep were spotted on the mountain cliffs above the train tracks. After a nine plus hour scenic rail ride, we embarked onto the Island Princess Cruise Ship in Whittier, AK. In 8 days we’ll be arriving back in Vancouver, BC. The ship will take us through the Inside Passage where we’ll be able to view numerous glaciers and possible calving.

Jump to full entry

Sep 10, 2011 - Day 8 - Leaving Kenai, Boarding the Ship, Leaving Whittier

We weren’t quite so rushed this morning…bags had to be out and tagged for the ship by 8:30, but we didn’t have to leave until 11:00. After breakfast, we all gathered about 10:30 out front of the lodge for a group picture. We thought the beauty of the Kenai Peninsula was a perfect back drop for a group picture. After boarding the bus, we were on our way to Whittier where the Diamond Princess was waiting. We made a short stop at the Portage Glacier Visitor’s Center, then we were back on the road. We arrived at the cruise ship port in Whittier...

Jump to full entry

Aug 22, 2011 - Whittier onto the Alaska Ferry

We are leaving Portage Valley for Whittier this morning to spend the day there while waiting to board the ferry tonight. We arrive and find a parking space then off to lunch at the hotel where we talked to some of the locals. Whittier is an interesting place in its own way. We took a walk on the boardwalk looking over the harbor; when it starts to rain :( So off to the museum which was dedicated to WWII and there were displays about the earthquake in 1964. Then a walk back to the RV where we will stay until it is time to head for the ferry....

Jump to full entry

Aug 22, 2011 - Day 22 Glacier Bay

We sailed all night and arrived at Glacier Bay about mid afternoon. Again it was over cast and the colors were beautiful. The colors were so great they decided to put a crew out to make a prom film. The glacier makes a sound like a gun shot as it moves. We were lucky to see several breaches. But not able to get a picture. It happens so quickly you don't have time to get a shot. John Hopkins is one of a few glaciers that is advancing. It flows 10 to 15 feet a day. After dinner we went to a comedy show. It was great, my cheeks hurt from...

Jump to full entry

Aug 21, 2011 - Whittier, AK

Wow, blue sky and sunshine to greet us this morning. We are off to travel through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel which is two miles long arriving in Whittier, AK. We wanted to check out the ferry dock and parking spaces for the RV before having to load on the ferry tomorrow evening (Monday). On our way back to the campground we stopped at a Day Lodge for dinner. We did see some beautiful scenery today; glaciers and waterfalls seem to be everywhere. Portage Valley is a one of those places we didn't hear a lot about; but is very scenic

Jump to full entry

Aug 21, 2011 - Day 21 Hubbard Glacier

We sailed all night, it was a little rockie but not to bad. Just enough to rock you to sleep. We arrived at Hubbard Glacier late afternoon. It was windy and rainy as we approached the glacier but when we got closer the rain stopped and the glacier was a beautiful blue. We were told that if the sun were shinning it would have appeared to be all white. The glacier is 6.5 miles wide and 76 miles deep. Hubbard is the largest glacier in Alaska. After dinner we went to a musical show called Motor City. All Motown music.

Jump to full entry

Aug 20, 2011 - Seward to Whittier, AK

Yes it is raining, but we are on the road headed for Portage Valley Campground. After arriving we set up then go for a drive; we stop at the visitor center, there we watch a movie, then head back to the campground where we had a movie marathon with popcorn to end the day.

Jump to full entry

Aug 20, 2011 - Day 20 Whittier, Alaska

We had a 6 hr. train trip to Whittier. Whittier is where we boarded the ship for our cruse. Along the way we passed a silt field. They worn people to stay off the fields because it will suck you in and you will not be able to get out. Local folklore is a man sunk in up to his waist and they brought a helicopter in to pull him out. They said he was pulled in half. The silt is supposedly thousand of feet deep. We passed through Wasilla but didn't see Sarah Palin. It was rainy most of the day but when we arrived in Whittier it poured. We got a...

Jump to full entry

Jul 29, 2011 - Glacier Cruise Through Prince William Sound Part 1

Whittier is often referred to as the Gateway to Prince William Sound. Prince William Sound is located on the northern edge of the Gulf of Alaska. It is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest National Forest in the United States, and three of North America's major ice fields. Whittier was created by the U.S. Army during WWII as a port and petroleum delivery center. After the war, the Army built the 14-story Begich Towers (formerly housed military families) which now houses more than half of Whittier's residents and...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Alaska Bound

Jul 28, 2011 - Hiking Byron Glacier and Winner Creek

It was a perfect day for hiking and sightseeing! As we were walking from the parking lot at Byron Glacier, we ran into some Florida folks we had talked to in Soldotna at the campground. Again, we chatted. They asked if we planned to do a cruise from Whittier, and we replied that we did not. They had a two for one coupon that they were not going to use. They generously gave it to us. We booked the cruise for the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed the easy .9 mile hike to Byron. We climbed over the moraine rock and over the ice field. Although...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Alaska Bound

Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  ... 7  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com