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Jun 30, 2016 - Whittier AK --Great animal spotting day

Awesome animal watching day. First we had to wait our turn with the trains to go through a one lane 2.5 mile long train/car tunnel through the mountain. Then we got to town and saw the huge cruise. But the when went out on a tour boat (I almost got to drive it) and saw Orca’s (i.e. Killer Whales), a humback whale (Dad is mad because he didn’t see it), sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and bald eagles. Oh yea and 26 glaciers some of them really, really close to the boat. Our only regret is that Dad ran down he battery on the camera before...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Whittier, Hope & Seward - Day 2 in Alaska

Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to my hubby! We awoke in Whittier to another bright sunny day. We traveled the short distance from our parking area to downtown Whittier and looked for breakfast. A local resident suggested we eat breakfast at the Anchor Inn. There we had a delicious breakfast but better yet, we spent time learning about Whittier's history from the restaurant's owner. The owner has lived in Whittier about 40 years. The town began as a military location after Pearl Harbor. The location on a deep inlet (that never freezes) made...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Whittier

On Saturday, the glass dome Princess Train carried us along a scenic ride from Talkeetna to Whittier. The view included snow-capped mountain peaks with waterfalls cascading down them, small glaciers, a few moose, beaver dams and bald eagles. How can one state hold so much beauty? When we arrived in Whittier, it was cloudy, rainy and about 45 degrees. Which is typical for the area. The town averages 30 feet of snow in the winter, and in summer gets a considerable amount of rainfall. As they say, “There is no place prettier than Whittier...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Whittier, Alaska

I posted a few more photos of our flight to/from Katmai. Katmai is a National Park about the size of the country of Ireland. The best place to watch the bears is McNeil River, however a lottery permit application must be submitted by March to get into McNeil. That is why we picked Brooks River. That is also why Brooks is so crowded that a 1 hour limitation is placed on the viewing at the falls. TUESDAY - We left Nikiski at 11:00 am. As we were driving back, we saw a sign that said Whittier 50 miles. Jean said "Should we go to Whittier?"...

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2015 Alaska Trip

Jul 16, 2015 - Glaciers

Arrived in Anchorage 7/14. Large city. 301 hundred thousand people. Downtown is easy to get around. Every other street is one way. The city is laid out well and lots to see. Went to Alaska trooper museum, saw some cultural displays and took a train ride on the Alaskan railway for three hours to whittier Alaska. Took tour to see the glaciers They are Hugh. There are different types but the coastal ones come down to the water and the ice calves or falls off as it melts. It sounds like thunder and leaves small chunks of ice everywhere. Saw two...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 10, 2015 - Whittier AK – Chugach National Forest -Williwaw Campground

Whittier is where Princess Cruise lines starts and ends its Alaskan trips. We were a little disappointed in Whittier. We pictured it being like Seward (where Royal Caribbean docks) – a small fishing village with junk stores (oops, souvenir/gift shops) and things to see (like Seward’s aquarium, mushing with Iditarod caliber huskies, etc. ). It wasn’t like that at all. It was mostly just a harbor with a couple of shops and restaurants. Don’t know what Princess does with all their passengers before/after they sail. There certainly isn’t...

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Retired at Last!

Jul 10, 2015 - Valdez to Whittier to Portage

July 10, 2015-Valdez to Whittier, Whittier to Portage to Seward Yesterday, we took the ferry from Valdez to Whittier; a 6 hour trip. It should have been a spectacular cruise but, it was so foggy and rainy that you really could not see anything which was a shame. But, since we had to get up at 5:00 a.m. to get into the “standby” line by 6:00, we spent much of the trip sleeping or reading. The ferry itself is quite comfortable. You leave your rigs/cars in the hold and there are nice lounges throughout the vessel. They also have a very nice...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Side trip to Whitter

The goal Thursday was to take a side trip to Whittier. I knew a tunnel trip was involved but did not know to what extent. It turned out that the tunnel is a one lane tunnel shared by Auto's, Trucking, and the Rail Road. It is 2.5 miles long, and until the Boston tunnel was completed it was the longest tunnel in the US. Every hour the traffic flows out of Whittier an every hour on the half hour it flows into Whittier. We weren't sure when the Trains ran but we think it was in the middle of the night. At least we didn't meet one Half way. ...

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Alaska 2015

Jul 27, 2014 - On to the Kenai Peninsula

Sunday, July 27, 2014 We have been blessed with two sunshine mornings in a row. Let’s go with shorts and capris today. Took our time this morning. Took showers, did some housekeeping, spoke with the “couple from Texas” that we have run into at least 3 times since Denali. They are camped across from us. Started down the Seward Hwy to the Kenai Peninsula. First stop was at Potters Marsh. This is a bird sanctuary area and also a stopping place for many birds migrating south or north. Unfortunately the Seward Rifle Range is across the road...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Train Ride to the Cruise Ship

One of the most inconvenient thing about these cruises is that – on travel days – they generally take your luggage away very early in the day – 6:30 AM this morning - but your departure time is not for a few hours. So, even though we got up early today to get our luggage out, we just hung around the lodge until the buses picked us up around 11:30 to take us to the train. The good news is that it means your luggage is always waiting on you when you arrive at your destination... The train ride down to Whittier to the boat was pretty...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Whittier AK

July 6, 2014 We have moved again to just outside of Whittier AK in the Kenai Peninsula. We are in a US Forest Service campground adjacent to Portage Lake. The campground is really nice except that there are no hookups so we are back to the dry camping mode for 3 nights. The drive down from Anchorage followed the shoreline of Turnagain Arm which has the mountains of Kenai Peninsula on one side and the mountains of coastal Alaska on the other side. The views were nice but would have been great except for the low clouds. The campsites have...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Portage/Byron/Whittier

Tues., July 8th – When it comes to filling a day, this one would be hard to match. We started with the Portage Visitor Center where we just had enough time to take in the scenic movie depicting the history of Portage Valley before heading out to the Ptarmigan cruise ship. This short cruise was well worth doing as it takes you around the lake and up very close to Portage Glacier. We experienced the rare occurrence of the glacier calving a couple of huge chunks of ice that thundered into the water. The air was very warm and the skies couldn’t...

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