Don, Joan & Brooke to Alaska travel blog

Sea Otters

Spire Islands - there were lots of puffins here


Holgate Glacier

It was cold at Holgate Glacier

Sea Lions

Port of Whittier

Whittier Harbour

Much easier fishing when there are this many salmon

Jul 25 – Aug. 1: ANCHORAGE: On Jul 25th we drove from Ninilchik to Seward (also on the Kenai Peninsula). Dave and Cara left us here and headed back south. Ron and Mary are still with us. We had a lovely scenic drive to Seward which is situated on the water at the head of Resurrection Bay and beside the Kenai Fjords National Park. We took a scenic boat tour up one of the fjords to Holgate Glacier and saw lots of sea life, birds and beautiful scenery. We couldn’t have asked for a calmer day at sea! Then a stop in Portage and from here we drove thru the ‘longest combined highway/railroad tunnel in North America at 13,200 ft. or 2.5 mi.’ to Whittier. (You drive along the rail tracks – and it is either you or the train – no passing each other in the tunnel!) Whittier is a lovely scenic seaport. It was very important originally as a port and petroleum delivery center for the US Army during WWII.

Then it was back to Anchorage to resupply and clean. We did manage to take in a program on the northern lights. Photos and movies of the northern lights in many parts of Alaska taken over several years by photographer Dave Parkhurst. They were truly amazing and as there wasn’t much chance of us seeing any for ourselves – as there isn’t much night this time of the year – we really enjoyed it.

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