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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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Jul 10, 2015 - Whittier AK – Chugach National Forest -Williwaw Campground

Whittier is where Princess Cruise lines starts and ends its Alaskan trips. We were a little disappointed in Whittier. We pictured it being like Seward (where Royal Caribbean docks) – a small fishing village with junk stores (oops, souvenir/gift shops) and things to see (like Seward’s aquarium, mushing with Iditarod caliber huskies, etc. ). It wasn’t like that at all. It was mostly just a harbor with a couple of shops and restaurants. Don’t know what Princess does with all their passengers before/after they sail. There certainly isn’t...

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Retired at Last!

Jun 12, 2015 - Side trip to Whitter

The goal Thursday was to take a side trip to Whittier. I knew a tunnel trip was involved but did not know to what extent. It turned out that the tunnel is a one lane tunnel shared by Auto's, Trucking, and the Rail Road. It is 2.5 miles long, and until the Boston tunnel was completed it was the longest tunnel in the US. Every hour the traffic flows out of Whittier an every hour on the half hour it flows into Whittier. We weren't sure when the Trains ran but we think it was in the middle of the night. At least we didn't meet one Half way. ...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 27, 2014 - On to the Kenai Peninsula

Sunday, July 27, 2014 We have been blessed with two sunshine mornings in a row. Let’s go with shorts and capris today. Took our time this morning. Took showers, did some housekeeping, spoke with the “couple from Texas” that we have run into at least 3 times since Denali. They are camped across from us. Started down the Seward Hwy to the Kenai Peninsula. First stop was at Potters Marsh. This is a bird sanctuary area and also a stopping place for many birds migrating south or north. Unfortunately the Seward Rifle Range is across the road...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Train Ride to the Cruise Ship

One of the most inconvenient thing about these cruises is that – on travel days – they generally take your luggage away very early in the day – 6:30 AM this morning - but your departure time is not for a few hours. So, even though we got up early today to get our luggage out, we just hung around the lodge until the buses picked us up around 11:30 to take us to the train. The good news is that it means your luggage is always waiting on you when you arrive at your destination... The train ride down to Whittier to the boat was pretty...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Portage/Byron/Whittier

Tues., July 8th – When it comes to filling a day, this one would be hard to match. We started with the Portage Visitor Center where we just had enough time to take in the scenic movie depicting the history of Portage Valley before heading out to the Ptarmigan cruise ship. This short cruise was well worth doing as it takes you around the lake and up very close to Portage Glacier. We experienced the rare occurrence of the glacier calving a couple of huge chunks of ice that thundered into the water. The air was very warm and the skies couldn’t...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Whittier AK

July 6, 2014 We have moved again to just outside of Whittier AK in the Kenai Peninsula. We are in a US Forest Service campground adjacent to Portage Lake. The campground is really nice except that there are no hookups so we are back to the dry camping mode for 3 nights. The drive down from Anchorage followed the shoreline of Turnagain Arm which has the mountains of Kenai Peninsula on one side and the mountains of coastal Alaska on the other side. The views were nice but would have been great except for the low clouds. The campsites have...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Williwaw

Sun., July 6th – We moved north to the Chugach (pronounced Choo-gatch) National Forest where we set up camp in the wilderness of Williwaw Campground. It will be our first experience on this trip with dry camping (no hookups for electric or water) with 6 of us in the RV. We’re going to learn just how precious water really is! At Carmen’s advice, Steve and I went in to Providence ER in Anchorage to have them take a look at my flashing eye. The on-call ophthalmologist will see me tomorrow morning in his office. We got back to the RV at...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Alaska at its Raw, Beautiful Best!

Alaska is so beautiful and green this time of year ... about 18 hours of sunlight right now and only 4-5 hours of almost darkness ... it makes the plants really grow and thrive. The lovely pink long stems are called Fireweed, the state flower, and they grow in great profusion everywhere ... small streams stretch thru green valleys covered with all colors of flowers ... words don't do it justice. The forests and woods are also lush and green ... many kinds of ferns were growing everywhere ... and look at the small orange house and the roof...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Prince William Sound

We really enjoyed our day on Prince William Sound ... it was so clear and sunny the captain commented on it and also the wind which was worse than usual ... proves you can't have it all. These huge mountains of ice and snow are beautiful and massive ... the captain and a Forest Ranger kept us abreast of what we were seeing and facts about them. It was really a remarkable experience to be there ... you really feel small up against them. Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of seeing Your Great Wonders!

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Jul 13, 2013 - Whittier - Anchorage

Today is the final day of our land tour of Alaska. Again, bags had to be loaded up and outside our room at 6:30 so we were up early again. Since we were up, we took a shuttle into Talkeetna, AK for a walk-about. We looked around town and took a few more pictures. We then boarded a rail car and rode for about 5 hours to get to the ship, the Diamond Princess. This was a great opportunity to get some more pictures of Denali as well as few other sights. I did see something I had not expected. As we were riding the train, I looked out the window...

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Where RV Now?

Jun 8, 2013 - Whittier, AK, our final port of call, and the train trip to Denali National Park

In the early hours of June 8 we arrived at the port of Whittier, AK. After breakfast we boarded the waiting train of Princess Cruise Lines bi-level cars for the nine-hour rail trip on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. The port of Whittier was built during WWII by the US Army, It, like the Alaska Highway, were part of the efforts to improve the defense of Alaska against a possible invasion by the Japanese. Today it serves the many cruise ships who deliver toursits instead of troops and war material. The Alaska Railroad runs from...

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Alaska Trip 2013

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