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Jul 9, 2016 - Where the Mountains look like clouds and the clouds look like Mountains

Mother Nature in Alaska this week has been awesome. This is cruising up the west coast and a view of the sunset after College Fjord, sitting on our balcony at 1130 bedtime, in shorts and short sleeves. We have had one 10 minute period where I had to put up a rain hood. Today, sunny and 70F in Anchorage. Our cruise - some of the numbers: Total Km on the cruise 2,750 Star Princess - 3100 passengers Crew 1205 Wildlife seen thus far on land and sea: fox, bison, otters, dolphins, whales, orcas, deer - still waiting to see bear and moose Seafood...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Last Day at Sea

Hello to all; We are now on our last day at sea and have had smooth sailing and great weather, today at sea is to be sunny and 59F So lucky with the weather. Ketchikan - we went ashore and explored the town and some of the historic buildings. Enjoyed the children's 4th of July parade and some clam chowder and then back to the ship to watch the hour & 1/2 4th of July parade, amazing, given that it is a very small town. Juneau - went up Mt Roberts tramway and then to the Red Dog Saloon, walked around town again. Skagway - took a Klondike...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Anchorage

We drove to Anchorage on Sunday July 3. The next day we went to the Visitor Center downtown to get ideas of important things to do in this area. We discovered there was supposed to be a Bore Tide on Turnagain Bay that evening. Two notes: Turnagain Bay got its name because Captain James Cook, the explorer, was looking for the Northwest Passage, which we now know never was there. He had to "Turn Again" and come back out to the Pacific Ocean. The second note is that a Bore Tide happens with a new moon or a full moon. Turnagain Bay opens to the...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jul 7, 2016 - Anchorage Day 2 - Zoo and more

Well, we're making the most of a bad situation (still no word on the truck), Anchorage is a beautiful place, surrounded by water and mountains, and lots to do; So much to do that it was hard to decide, but we decided to go to the Zoo. It's a warm sunny day, so nice to spend it outside. We took the Zoo "tour" option as it allowed us to go to some parts of the zoo that are not available to the public, as well as having a nice gal to lead us around and tell us how the zoo came to have some of the animals. I will post a few pics but not too...

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Alaska 2016

Jul 5, 2016 - Day 42 Last day in Anchorage

We celebrated the 4th of July by going to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. There we watched a film with Master Boat Builders building Canoes, and Kayaks. All done by hand just like it has been done for centuries by the native Alaskans. It was very interesting and they are true craftsman. We walked around a lake where there are villages set up representing 5 of the main regions of Alaska. Our tour was led by a guy from Kodiak Island. He could speak his native language, and informed us that all the different regions have their own language...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Anchorage

Happy Birthday to the best husband ever, John Kelley!! We had a great day in Anchorage. We toured the Alaska fish Hatchery for Salmon, Trout and grayling. It was an amazing facility, and an absolutely beautiful, spotlessly clean facility. Beautiful fish artwork throughout as well. Kuddos to the Alaska Fish and game people. Well done. Behind the facility was Ship Creek, where Salmon migrate and are caught by the facility to acquire eggs, and the fertilization of the eggs from the males that are caught. They then hatched, grown, and...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Day 40 back in Anchorage

Jim, Jane & Trent flew home this morning. We celebrated Trents 15th birthday last night, out to dinner at Simon and Seafort's Saloon & Grill. Trent had the Alaskan King Crab legs. It was a real nice place overlooking the Bay in downtown Anchorage. We have had a busy time with trying to see all that we could cram in the week that they were here. On Monday we drove up to Denali National Park. We spent the night and was out to meet a bus at 5:45 the next morning, only to find out that they moved our reservation to a 7:30 bus. Anyway we rode...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Anchorage

Hello from Anchorage! We spent a very nice day walking the downtown streets of Anchorage. A big difference from Fairbanks. The city is more modern and up to date. Easy to get around. Every weekend there is a downtown market and festival. We walked the booths and enjoyed seeing all of the crafts from Alaska! Met Dan Seavey who was instrumental in starting the first Iditarod Race in 1973!! We checked out a few downtown shops then took in a a movie about the Northern Lights, The Grizzly Bear and Iditarod Race. They were very good and...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Leaving Talkeetna heading to Anchorage

Hello all! Today was a travel day. We left the cute town of Talkeetna and made our way to Anchorage. We passed right through Wasilla, passing right by Sarah Palin's road. We decided not to stop! Wasilla is also the headquarters for the Iditarod. We arrived in Anchorage and settled in at the campground. We then spent the afternoon getting my tires rotated and balanced. The car had been doing the Shimmy since our trip up the Dalton Highway!! We have spent the rest of the day doing laundry and a little camper cleaning. We will explore...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Anchorage Alaska

The road to Anchorage was uneventful except for the Tazlina Glacier. I was happy to get back to someplace where there was electricity, water, sewer, Wal Mart and a Costco. We stayed at the Golden Nugget RV. We needed a rest to do shopping and laundry so we are going to be here over the 4th of July. We are curious to know what kind of fireworks they were going to have, and at what time of night will we be able to see them. Anchorage is just another big city, but with its own unique charm. It’s surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and the...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Day 33 Anchorage

We are in Anchorage doing all the tourist stuff. We have visited a couple museums, and taken some day trips around the area. One pretty drive was down the Turnagain Arm, which is part of the Cook Inlet. We drove to the Alyeska Ski Resort. It is fancy and very pretty. There is a Tram that takes you to the top, where there is a Resturant that overlooks the entire area of the Turnagain Arm. At the Federal Building downtown there is a bear cam on showing live views from bears fishing in the river. We saw a movie about the earthquake that hit...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Day 29 Anchorage

We made it to Anchorage today, and checked in to The Golden Nugget RV Park. It is the highest rated park in Anchorage, but I wonder how. I do know it is the most expensive, smallest, and closest together of any park we have stayed in. We are here for 7 nights, while we will do day trips around the city. Yesterday we were in Cantwell, AK. We drove up to the Visitors Center at Denali National Park. We saw a movie there about the wildlife in the park, and exhibits about all the wildlife and the park itself. We are going back next week for a...

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