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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

Jun 1, 2013 - Williwaw Campground

Had our Hooligans with breakfast before the drive north to Hope and Porcupine Campground. We were not impressed but glad we saw it. There are a few historic buildings from the gold rush days of 1896-1899. We then visited the Wildlife Conservation Center, located at mile 79 on the Seward Highway. I'm not fond of caged wildlife, consoled myself that these were rescued animals, but it still felt like a zoo. Try to be there when they feed the bears. Entrance fee; adults $12.50, children, seniors and military $9. Back to Portage Valley to...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Whittier

Tuesday -- Our cabin reservation in Haines is for 12-August so we have five days to drive there. The extra time allows us to add Whittier and Portage Pass to our itinerary today. Portage Pass, in the Chugach Region, was how early peoples hauled their goods between Cook Inlet (Anchorage) and Prince William Sound (Whittier). Portage Glacier and the resulting lake are on the Anchorage side near the end of Turnagain Arm. However, there is no longer a trail around the lake and up through the pass from that side. We didn't feel like slogging...

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Alaska from a tent

Jul 26, 2012 - Portage

A gorgeous morning with temperatures in the low 50’s and a bright blue sky. Hopefully it will be a great day for the cruise. The batteries were only down to 76% when I got up this morning. I ran the generator to recharge the batteries, fix my morning coffee, and heat the water for a shower. I left the RV at 09:55AM as I have to take the 10:30AM tunnel crossing. Once I arrived on the Whittier side of the tunnel all I saw was fog. It was slowly starting to lift and it appeared mostly gone when we started boarding at 11:45AM. The cruise...

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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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