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Jul 11, 2015 - Wrangell

We started our day listening to the sound of rain as the predicted ten days of rain seems to have come to fruition. My first task was to go to the ship dock and find a specimen of garnet from the Wrangell Garnet Ridge. This is area rich in garnets that’s ownership was transferred to the children of Wrangell. They are the only ones allowed to collect and sell the stones. The money that they earn is theirs to keep. Money is saved for college, travel and other purposes. Our next stop was a visit to the Wrangell Museum and gift shop. The Museum...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Wrangell

We were off to Anan Creek for bear viewing in the morning, a quick 30 mile trip by boat and a ½ mile board walk hike through the rain forest. This area has been used for thousands of years as a place to harvest salmon. There are five varieties of salmons that spawn in this creek. Many differ clans came here in peaceful harmony due to the large numbers of fish and other food sources. The Term Anan is Klinkti for the “sitting place”. Both Brown and black bears feed in this area in large numbers. We were alerted to the possibility of bears on...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Wrangell

Our day stared out with a river trip up the Stikine River, The fastest flowing river in North America. The river is 350 miles long and its headwaters are in Canada. We had visited this river on one of our previous Alaska trips when we went to Telegraph Creek, B.C. the site of an 1800’s gold rush. This gold rush played an important part in the history of Wrangell. We explored a number of tributaries one which had a lake and the Shake Glacier which calves icebergs into the lake. We stopped on the lake for lunch and were treated to a crab...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Wrangell

We arrived in Wrangell at 5:00 AM, after finding a spot to park the camper we started exploring the area looking for a place to set up camp. We decide to use the Wrangell City RV Park at Shoemaker Bay as it had WIFI, showers and electricity at a good rate. After picking a spot we found out that the WIFI was at the public library and the showers were mat the community recreation center. After setting up camp we made arrangements for two tours one to the Stikine River and one to Anan creek. We spent the day traveling the main paved road out...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Wrangell, AK

Fri, 05 Jun: Wrangell Alaska aboard the MS Regatta An overnite passage thru Alaska's channels and inlets brought us to the town of Wrangell. As seems to be the norm, we awoke to cloudy, misty, foggy weather that rendered the scenery varying degrees and shades of grey. Just to add to the WFF ("warm-fuzzy factor") was a steady drizzle. The ship was cleared a bit after nine and we waited a bit till the drizzle abated and wandered down the gangway to town. First order of business was a trip to the Post Office, housed in a large government...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Last Days in Wrangell

Mon., Aug. 11th – John picked Steve up at 6:15am…and the rains had let up! Yeah! It was a beautiful sunny day, so I walked the town while Steve was out on the charter. I met them at the dock at 4pm. It was a great day on the water, but the fishing was so-so…a few cohos and cod, but no one hooked into a halibut. So far, Valdez wins out as the best destination for serious fishing. Tomorrow we’ll take in a few of the travel guide “Things to Do” in Wrangell. Tues., Aug. 12th – Rainbow Falls is described as “moderate to difficult”…they got that...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Wrangell

Sat., Aug. 9th – The Taku is a vessel older than we are, but it was much larger than the Fairweather and had a little more to offer in the way of food and areas to stretch out during this long sailing to Wrangell. The weather was the worst we’ve had yet with rain and wind that kept us from seeing anything other than the one huge breeching whale Steve caught out of the corner of his eye. They say this weather system is the remnant of a hurricane that passed over Hawaii….we’re so far removed from news and weather, we have no idea what’s...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Icebergs on the Stikine

We’ve seen plenty of glaciers now … but not any remote coastal glaciers such as Shakes Glacier northeast of Wrangell. Coastal??? … it faces on open water that is directly connected with the ocean. How to get there???? … today on a jet boat, with our driver, Zac and his deck mate, Spencer. What a blast … we followed the Stikine River all the way to the US / Canada border. The Stikine is nearly 400 miles long, beginning in far northern British Columbia … check it out < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stikine_River >. The only wildlife we saw...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Wiggling our way to Wrangell

One of the more interesting segments of the Alaska Marine Highway is the Wrangell Narrows. Large ships can only go through the Narrows one at a time at certain tides. The Narrows is a 22 mile water route that cannot handle real large ships, as in cruise ships. Check it out (http://wrangellnarrows.com/). Most of the journey required an additional person standing out on the bow to provide any pertinent information to the captain. We truly "wiggled" our way through the narrows. Lots of eagles ... a beautiful campsite ... a new town to visit...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Wrangell

Tuesday -- Today is our last day in Alaska for this trip. Tomorrow's ferry to Prince Rupert, B.C. leaves Wrangell at 5:45 and we are supposed to be at the terminal across the street at 4:00. There were other more reasonable ferry times later in the day but their long layover in Ketchikan was very early in the wee hours of the next morning. The early ferry gives us daylight hours to see the scenic narrow passages and has a 7 hour layover in Ketchikan in the afternoon so we might be able to do some sightseeing there. We used today to prepare...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Wrangell - Zimovia Strait hikes

Monday -- Another sunny, warm (67F) day to take advantage of the Tongass N.F. We drove out the Zimovia Hwy. Alongside the first 5 miles there is a paved bike path. At Mile 14 we turned onto a Forest Services road and parked at the Nemo Campsite called the Three Sisters at Mile 1.5. From there we walked the road to the other two campsites at 2.2 miles and 3.3 miles. These free campsites, though primitive (no water) are beautifully located with views of Zimovia Strait. The road was a little hilly but easy to walk except for the construction...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Wrangell

Sunday -- For our hike today we picked .7mi Rainbow Falls to 2.7mi Institute Creek to Shoemaker Bay Overlook to 1.3mi North Wrangell Trail to High Country Shelter. We were so happy to see sunshine when we woke up. It would be a hot (68F), sunny day - most unusual weather for Wrangell. Everyone was outside picnicing, gardening, boating. The patches of blue sky grew increasingly bigger as we started up the Rainbow Falls trail. Imagine our surprise when we discovered the whole hike today would be on a system of boardwalks built up over bogs....

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