Jim and Deb's RV trip to Alaska travel blog

boat to Portage glacier

Portage glacier lake

Portage glacier lake

Portage glacier lake

Portage glacier lake

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

Portage glacier

 

 

 

Whittier

Whittier

Whittier

fine dining establishment in Whittier

fine dining establishment in Whittier

fine dining establishment in Whittier

Whittier

Willawaw Forest Service campground

Willawaw Forest Service campground

Willawaw Forest Service campground

Willawaw Forest Service campground


Left Homer, reluctantly, and traveled to Portage and Whittier. Portage has a glacier, Portage glacier, that you can take a boat to and see it from close up from the water. Water in the lake just slightly above 32 degrees so there are icebergs in the lake--but no fish. The lake is up to 800 feet deep and with the glacier silt nothing grows so there is no food for the fish--hence no fish. Forest Service doesn't think badly about global warming as much as the Park Service does--interesting. Lots of rain in this area. Where Fairbanks area and north could be considered desert, this area gets upward of 174 inches of precipitation which includes 260 inches of snow. I guess that is why so many glaciers in this area.

We decided to dry camp in a US Forest Service campground. Real pretty, but very rustic with pit toilets, no water or electric or sewer or cable or Wi-Fi--real rustic but pretty. Before we checked into the campsite we decided to go to Whittier. I had wanted to go there to go through the tunnel. The tunnel to Whittier carries both trains and cars--no not at the same time. There is one tunnel in the mountain that is carved out of stone that you take turn using. REALLY, REALLY COOL. We took some video of it and I'll try to post it.

Whittier is small--real small. Did find this real funky restaurant and had halibut and fries and clam chowder--and a couple of beers. Real good but everything in Alaska is fried. Off to Glenallen tomorrow and heading back south--after we go north some. There are not that many roads in and out of Alaska. Trying to stay ahead of the snow. New snow seems to be creeping down the mountainsides.



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