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Jul 31, 2008 - Portage AK

We left Seward today, going north to Portage. The Portage Valley Cabins and RV Park is the only privately owned campground in the area, and it's great. It was windy and a little chilly today, so we drove through the wildlife conservation center, stopping to jump out for pictures, and hopping back in the car. We went over to Girdwood, and had a nice dinner before doing a little more sightseeing in the area. We joined others at the bonfire pavillion (of course we did s'mores) and ran into another couple from Bloomington, IL, that we have...

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Jul 24, 2008 - Portage valley & lots of glaciers and waterfalls

More rain and cloudy but we packed up and headed to Portage. Dave says we might as well move, the freezer is full of fish. The road into Portage valley is nice even in the rain but they say to beware as this valley gets some horrible winds and storms because of its location just off the end of Turnagain arm which comes off Cook inlet and is a small flat valley between mountains. Sure is a pretty area. We found a good spot in Williwaw National Forest campground and if it wasn't so wet and cloudy we could see a glacier right from here....

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Jul 17, 2008 - Portage Glacier & Giorgio & Cindy

Thur 7-17 We left Soldotna about noon and moved up to Portage Glacier, where we had made plans to meet Giorgio and Cindy for a couple of days. Giorgio is a friend we made in Cabo San Lucas two winters ago. We’ve had a good time with them and tomorrow their going down to Troy’s Friends to meet up with Steve. Steve is going to show Giorgio the ins and outs of Salmon fishing on the Kenia River. Spoke with Steve this evening and he and Sharon both caught their limit today. (3 each) Also had a call from Terri today and Lon caught his limit...

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The Howell's Travels

Jul 14, 2008 - Williwaw Campground

We are staying at Williwaw campground in the wilderness with no hookups. It is AWESOME!!! We are surrounded with huge snow capped mountains with waterfalls all over and glaciers all over the top. Behind our campsite is a flowing stream with crystal clear water making a rushing sound perfect for sleeping. It almost sounds like I am making all this up but honestly it's all true. :-) The price for all this was $9 a night. We were ready for some natural beauty and we found it. We took a day trip to the little town of Whittier, Alaska and...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Day 2 and 3: Portage Glacier

Hey everybody. Im sorry It took a while to post this but we were in the back country of Alaska and there was very little internet. We were parked by Portage Glacier. It was beautiful. Our campsite had perfect view of a waterfall a glacier and snowcapped mountains not to mention a stream. Me and grandpa tried to catch some fish while we were here but seeing as I had grandpa with me... we caught nothing ;-) We got to drive down a tunnel to Whittier Alaska which was very cool. There were people fishing there and they pulled in 30 fish. It was...

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Two Weeks in Alaska

Jul 4, 2008 - Glaciers, glaciers!

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Linda and I have spent the last two days visiting some spectacular glaciers in Portage Valley and on Prince William Sound. There are over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska covering 29,000 miles of the state! Most of them are unnamed, so Linda and I are looking for one to name, ha, ha! All of the glaciers are receding, and the effects of CO2 warming are very evident in Alaska. The glaciers are still very beautiful, and they make you feel very tiny. We visited the glaciers on two separate days. On the first day we...

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Alaska By RV 2008

Jul 2, 2008 - Portage Glacier and Willoway Campground

July 2, 2004 It is another beautiful sunny day. We decided to book another night at Williwaw. After breakfast we were having coffie in front of the camper, when a mother Moose and two baby moose walked right by our campsite. Unfortunately I did not have my camera and so was unable to get a picture. They looked beautiful and healthy. The babies are red and the mom had a smooth looking deep brown coat. After lunch we walked the four mile loop to The Begich Bogs Visitor Center at Portage Lake. It was a very modern facility with exhibit rooms...

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Jun 17, 2008 - Portage Glacier

Today we decided to visit Porter Glacier. We headed to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. The visitor center was named after an Alaskan Senator and Congressman that disappeared in a small airplane. In order to actually see Portage Glacier we would have had to take a boat ride. We opted not to do this because we are planning on a better glacier tour. Even without the tour, the visitor had some nice exhibit to look at. There were also some easy hikes to do in the area, but we opted not to do those either – we were trying to give my good knee...

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Jun 13, 2008 - To Williwaw!!

Day 27, 56 degrees and SUNNY! We left Summit Lake for a quick 40-mile trip up the Seward Highway to Williwaw USFS Campground - escorted by a bald eagle flying overhead. This is the nicest campground we have seen in Alaska. It has no electric, and the water is at a centrally located hand pump, so we filled our water tank and got out the generator, and we were in business. We wanted to stay here four years ago when we rented an RV from ABC (Awfully Bad Campers) - that was the one where the generator quit on us before we got to Denali, so we...

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Jul 16, 2007 - Seward to Williwaw Campground, Portage, Alaska

After doing a little housework we got the trailer ready to leave Seward around 9:30 for Williwaw Campground near the Portage Glacier. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and around 70 degrees. It only took us not quite two hours to get up here. The Portage Glacier area is about 50 miles south of Anchorage. We encountered a section of road that was under construction with one way traffic so we had a little wait before we could proceed. Otherwise, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and noticed how many more vehicles were on the road. Once...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Day 32: Portage Valley & Glacier

Happy Friday the 13th! Up a little after 7 and on the road a little after 8:30. The first 20 miles was a beautiful farewell to nearly constant roadside Nootka Lupine; stunning even though we had on and off drizzle. A bit farther on we traded for the equally flashy and nearly 3 feet tall Fireweed to brighten the shoulders of the roads. We pulled into Portage Valley RV Park a little after 1 pm, and as we set up the skies brightened, the drizzle stopped and Blue Sky appeared-actually in large quantities. After a late lunch we headed 3 more...

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Jul 3, 2006 - Portage Lake

Many people come to Portage Lake, as it's home to the Portage Glacier, one of the closest glaciers to Anchorage. We had skipped this both times we had gone down to the Kenai Peninsula, so we decided to stop here on our way back to Anchorage. It was a short stop, just to take a few pictures because we were all exhausted. But at our last potty stop, we stumbled upon the last thing we expected to see: a wedding! A young couple had taken a trip to Alaska to get married, but had no family or friends there. So we stayed for the short ceremony,...

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