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Aug 17, 2014 - JUNEAU

Haines was where we caught our first ferry heading south down the Alaska Marine Highway (The Inside Passage). It was a 6-hour ride with cool but clear weather. The forest, water and glacier views helped make the time pass. It was quite an experience watching them loading the ferry. They are loading large RVs that are pulling cars as well as 35’ plus 5th wheels and trailers. In most cases they either have to back into their spot on the ferry or back out of it. I was proud as punch to be in a truck camper. We have had a lot of good weather...

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Aug 6, 2014 - Last Day in Juneau

Wed., Aug. 6th – We didn’t let a little rain keep us in – something we’ve learned very well while in Alaska. Luckily, the drizzle let up while we walked the downtown of this “land-locked” capital city. It’s amazing that we have a capital only accessible by air or water. There were 4 large cruise ships docked at the harbor, but surprisingly, it wasn’t hard to stroll up and down the streets with the typical conglomeration of gift shops, eateries, and such. We chose to splurge a little on lunch and have fish and chips at the Hangar Restaurant...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Haines to Juneau Alaska

AUG. 3RD- WE DROVE AROUND THE BAY WATCHING THE FISHING BOATS AND HOPE TO SEE A BEAR OR TWO BY THE RIVER LOOKING FOR SALMON. AUG. 4TH- TODAY WE TOOK THE CRUISE FERRY OVER TO SEE THE TOWN OF SKAGWAY, ALASKA ONLY AN HOUR AWAY. VERY TOURISTY THERE WERE 5 LARGE CRUISE SHIPS THERE AT THE SAME TIME. SAW THE RED ONION SALOON WHICH IN THE 1,800'S WAS ALSO A BROTHEL. TODAY WE ARE WAITING TO LOAD OUR RIGS ON THE INSIDE PASSAGE FERRY TO JUNEAU, ALASKA THE CAPITAL OF ALASKA ITS A 4 HOUR FERRY RIDE.

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Aug 5, 2014 - Juneau

SIDEBAR: As is obvious from yesterday’s journal. My blog is not turning out as anticipated. I had concluded on previous trips that I can’t read or write when moving. This applies to planes, trains, cars, buses, etc. There was no reason to expect that it would be any different on a cruise ship. And, it isn’t. I thought I had a solution. By installing a speech-to-text program on my laptop, I could simply dictate my journal into a microphone. Yesterday’s journal entry proved that it wasn’t working nearly as well as I had hoped. Yes, Dragon...

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Alaska Cruise 2014

Aug 5, 2014 - Juneau

Tues. Aug. 5th – Our exploration of Juneau began with a trip across the canal to North Douglas Island. I took in the gorgeous views while Steve fished here for an hour or so before going back to the DIPAC Hatchery on the mainland where we marveled at the masses of huge chum (dog) salmon gathered around the dock. In the afternoon, we took a ride up to Mendenhall Glacier and then out to take in the views from the Shrine of Therese on the north end of town. Tomorrow will be our last day here so we plan to walk around downtown and try to find a...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Ferry to Juneau

Mon., Aug. 4th – Steve and I had a leisurely day wrapping up our time in Haines as we prepared for our first experience on the Alaska Marine Highway. We were the only RV onboard along with many cars, trucks, vans, etc. It amazes me how these vessels can stay afloat transporting that kind of weight. The Lynn Canal between Haines and Juneau is breathtaking with the highlight being the view of Mendenhall Glacier coming into Juneau. We arrived at Spruce Meadows RV Park and took a ride into town where we ate at a Subway and swung into Fred...

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Aug 2, 2014 - A day in Juneau

Our first visit today was at Glacier Gardens. They had various native plants in a "natural" setting, including a corner of the Tongass National Forest. Their "innovation" was upside-down trees supporting flowers. The guides explained that they used fallen trees from the forest and stuck them in the ground with the root system "up." Interesting. Our next stop was the capitol building. Since the federal government had such a presence during Alaska's territorial days, Alaska used one of the federal office buildings as its capitol. Thus, the...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Quarantine!@!@!??@#?! Worst Vacation Ever!!

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Kevin had a terrible headache when we got back from our train trip. Then, after dinner, he developed an upset stomach - he thinks due to the milk he drank at supper. Betty thinks it is just bad eating habits!! We had not packed Tylenol or Pepto, so Betty went down to the gift shop to buy some, only to find that the gift shop was closed, since we were in port. That's when it all went bad. We decided to call the nurse in hopes that she would arrive with some Tylenol and Pepto - thus saving the day. No such...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Alaska Tour - Skagway to Haines to Juneau Fast Ferry

Hello Everyone, Today while in Skagway we signed up for a Fast Ferry trip to the capital of Alaska, Juneau! The ferry was a very fast catamaran, and stopped in Haines to pick up a few more passengers. It took only about 2 hours to get to Juneau, and the weather was perfect and sunny! Along the way, the captain was able to slow down and show us Sea Lions, Seals, Wales, Bald Eagles, Waterfalls and some of the most breathtaking scenery you could ever imagine! In Juneau, we walked up and down Main Street, had lunch at the Twisted Fish...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Prince Rupert to Juneau

Day 19: Saturday, June 21. Our advance preparation (taking down the water and sewer connections) paid off since it was raining and 52 degrees at 2 AM when we got up. A word about rain in this area: Rain is very common here; the South East coast of Alaska is a rain forest and the annual rainfall is reported in feet of rain per year. Our ferry, the Matanuska, was scheduled to depart at 6:15 AM. However, we had to be in line by 3:15AM to satisfy security regulations from “9/11” and also to keep our confirmed spot. It took two hours from the...

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Alaska 2014

Jun 17, 2014 - Juneau is Ok, Glaciers are WOW

Got up this morning at 5 AM to watch as we pulled into Juneau. This is a city of over 30,000 with several high rise (6-8 stories) buildings. The weather today is cold and raining, with some gusts of wind thrown in at times. We grab a quick breakfast and head out at 7 to go see the city. This city did not have a city tour so we had decided to skip the tours for here, and just roam around the town. The ship is parked out a little ways, but when we get off we find that they have free shuttle buses to take us into the city. We start walking...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Tracy Arm

We were unexpectedly the last to board the 65’ Captain Cook. The boat captain greeted us at the dock and suggested if we didn’t find two seats together in the main cabin to continue to the bridge and join him. After a token look for two seats we made for the bridge and a great view of our travels. We were headed 40 miles out to then go up the 30 mile Tracy Arms fiord – reportedly the best fiord in the US. Captain Steve came highly recommended as did the Tracy Arms excursion, even recommended over Glacier Bay. Both the crew and the fiord...

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