Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ketchikan

Ketchikan is another island community accessible by sea and by air.  The Salmon Capital of the World. It is also a big cruise ship destination.  There were four big cruise ships here today.  Two Princess Cruises and two from Holland … Continue reading

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Sitka to Ketchikan

The Marine Vessel Columbia was the ferry we took from Sitka to Ketchikan.  It can hold up to 600 passengers and 134 vehicles.   It has two car decks, some cars are brought up to the 2nd deck via a … Continue reading

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Juneau to Sitka

Our ferry from Juneau to Sitka was on the Fairweather, a high-speed catamaran. We arrived in Sitka in about four and one-half hours of pure beauty. Of course it was raining again this morning while we loaded onto the ferry. … Continue reading

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Juneau, AK

We could have used a whole week to see Juneau, but one day is all we have, so here are just a few of the 100+ pictures from what we crammed into one day…. Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure… a botanical … Continue reading

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Haines to Juneau

Our trip back to the lower 48 states will be quite different from when we went up.  This time we are putting the motor home onto a ferry.  This will save us probably a thousand miles of driving.  This will … Continue reading

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Hammer Museum

Who knew hammers could be so fascinating? Any visit to Haines would not be complete without a visit to The Hammer Museum on Main Street. The museum has 8,700 hammers, collected from around the world, but only 1,600 of them … Continue reading

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Skagway, AK

Skagway, one of the oldest towns in Alaska, and a key player in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898, once described as “the roughest place in the world” and is only 14 miles from Haines–by water.  If you want to … Continue reading

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Borders and Bears

Yesterday we crossed into Canada and just drove all day on the Alaska highway until we got to Haines Junction, Canada.  This time at the border crossing we were only asked three questions:  Where are you headed today? Any animals … Continue reading

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Full Circle

OK, this morning we tried one last time to see the bears with no luck. But while we were out there we took a look around the fish hatchery. There is a public walkway that provides a good viewing. We … Continue reading

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Valdez in the Rain

It’s rained cats and dogs today. The locals have told us that if we want to see bear we need to drive down by the fish hatchery on Dayville Road.  There are a lot of salmon trying to make their … Continue reading

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Meares Glacier Excursion

The cloudy weather has been sucking the color out of my pictures the last few weeks.  It was refreshing to get this splash of color first thing this morning as we were on our way to board for our cruise. … Continue reading

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Valdez, AK

Just when I though we had seen the most beautiful scenic drives ever–it got better.  The drive from Glennallen to Valdez is even more jaw-dropping than what we had seen before. It has to be experienced, I just can’t gather … Continue reading

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Sarah and Glennallen

We’ve been laying low the last few days, in Eagle River by Anchorage.  I had to find a dentist to take care of a painful tooth.  Ended up having it extracted, so we wanted to stick around for a few … Continue reading

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Alaskan Russian Orthodox Churches

The US purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 so there is still some Russian influence here. We have run across several fully functional Russian Orthodox churches during our travels here.  We visited a few of them today that are near … Continue reading

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Rain Rain Go Away

Finally the drizzle has ended but the rain has begun.  The last few days have been non-stop rain and fog.  The drive from Soldotna to Whittier is absolutely gorgeous even through the clouds. We stopped to watch salmon swimming up … Continue reading

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Cooper Creek

The last two days have been pretty quiet.  The weather is still cloudy and drizzly and in the 60’s.  Can’t remember when we’ve seen the sun. The Fred Meyer stores are very RV friendly, this one in Soldotna has its … Continue reading

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The End of the Road

Homer is the end of the road, the place where we turn around and head back the way we came. We have left Homer and are now back in Soldotna where is my favorite bakery, The Moose is Loose, 🙂 … Continue reading

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Just for the Halibut

I love how the community here has a sense of humor.  There are lots of “butt” jokes around.  This morning started out cool and wet, but we went for a drive in the country just for the halibut! We saw … Continue reading

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Homer, AK

It’s cooler today, and a little windy and we wonder if the sun ever shines on this part of Alaska. We moved out of the very nice but expensive ($73) full service RV park and found a place where we … Continue reading

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Homer Spit

I won’t be losing any weight this summer. We heard about this great bakery in Soldotna called The Moose is Loose.  After reading the rave reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to go there.  The reviews were right, there’s some great … Continue reading

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