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Jul 25, 2012 - Portage, Alaska

A bright sun and cold morning in Soldotna – 39 degrees. Alaska takes on a new perspective when the sun is out and the clouds do not obscure everything – beautiful and majestic. Today was one of those days. Bright sunny skies with only a few clouds and a high of almost 70 degrees. That being said, the news last night from Anchorage said the state was on pace to have the second coldest July on record. I departed the Klondike RV Park in Soldotna at 08:25AM driving east on the Sterling Highway, then north on the Seward Highway, and finally east...

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Jul 17, 2012 - 360º of mountains

We took a boat tour of Prince William Sound when we were in Valdez. The weather was murky so we focused much more on the animals than on the glaciers, because they were obscured by clouds and fog. We could see the mountain bottoms, but could only imagine the tops. Today we remedied that situation by taking a boat tour from Whittier that went to 26 glaciers in the sound on a picture perfect sky blue day. There are a number of companies offering a number of different itineraries in the sound, so we had a hard time making up our minds which...

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Jul 16, 2012 - almost perfect

What a difference 24 hours makes. The rain finally stopped and we awoke to a brightening sky. We headed to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see the animals that have undoubtedly been hiding from us as we have traveled through their habitats. All the animals here have been rescued from certain death. The grizzles’ mother was shot by a man who was protecting his dog from her. The elk had over populated their habitat in Washington state and were relocated here to more spacious grounds. The eagle had been hit by a car. And so on. Each...

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Jul 5, 2012 - Whittier, AK

Thu, 05 Jul: We're in Whittier Alaska. We're in Whittier and it's not raining. No, not raining—pouring! Yes, we know we're in Whittier when it's pouring as this is our third visit to Whittier and it's rained every time we've been here... We had a rainy Fourth of July, but the rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who wanted to detonate pyrotechnics. At midnite on the third the municipal fireworks display started (they had to wait for it to get mostly dark) followed by the amateurs who kept popping off firecrackers and such until...

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2012 Travels

Jun 23, 2012 - Talkeetna to Whittier, Alaska

On our way to breakfast at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge this morning, we were treated to the most awesome sight yet. Mt. McKinley was brightly visible for its full length. In the summertime, this mountain is visible only about 30% of the time. To have it completely clear happens only about 10% of the time. We felt particularly blessed to see this view on the very day of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. This was another day for moving, though, so we vacated our rooms and sat on the Lodge deck relishing the view until time for our...

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2012-Adventures

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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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

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