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Jul 7, 2014 - Williwaw

Sun., July 6th – We moved north to the Chugach (pronounced Choo-gatch) National Forest where we set up camp in the wilderness of Williwaw Campground. It will be our first experience on this trip with dry camping (no hookups for electric or water) with 6 of us in the RV. We’re going to learn just how precious water really is! At Carmen’s advice, Steve and I went in to Providence ER in Anchorage to have them take a look at my flashing eye. The on-call ophthalmologist will see me tomorrow morning in his office. We got back to the RV at...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Alaska at its Raw, Beautiful Best!

Alaska is so beautiful and green this time of year ... about 18 hours of sunlight right now and only 4-5 hours of almost darkness ... it makes the plants really grow and thrive. The lovely pink long stems are called Fireweed, the state flower, and they grow in great profusion everywhere ... small streams stretch thru green valleys covered with all colors of flowers ... words don't do it justice. The forests and woods are also lush and green ... many kinds of ferns were growing everywhere ... and look at the small orange house and the roof...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Prince William Sound

We really enjoyed our day on Prince William Sound ... it was so clear and sunny the captain commented on it and also the wind which was worse than usual ... proves you can't have it all. These huge mountains of ice and snow are beautiful and massive ... the captain and a Forest Ranger kept us abreast of what we were seeing and facts about them. It was really a remarkable experience to be there ... you really feel small up against them. Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of seeing Your Great Wonders!

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Jul 13, 2013 - Whittier - Anchorage

Today is the final day of our land tour of Alaska. Again, bags had to be loaded up and outside our room at 6:30 so we were up early again. Since we were up, we took a shuttle into Talkeetna, AK for a walk-about. We looked around town and took a few more pictures. We then boarded a rail car and rode for about 5 hours to get to the ship, the Diamond Princess. This was a great opportunity to get some more pictures of Denali as well as few other sights. I did see something I had not expected. As we were riding the train, I looked out the window...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Whittier, AK, our final port of call, and the train trip to Denali National Park

In the early hours of June 8 we arrived at the port of Whittier, AK. After breakfast we boarded the waiting train of Princess Cruise Lines bi-level cars for the nine-hour rail trip on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. The port of Whittier was built during WWII by the US Army, It, like the Alaska Highway, were part of the efforts to improve the defense of Alaska against a possible invasion by the Japanese. Today it serves the many cruise ships who deliver toursits instead of troops and war material. The Alaska Railroad runs from...

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Alaska Trip 2013

Jun 1, 2013 - Williwaw Campground

Had our Hooligans with breakfast before the drive north to Hope and Porcupine Campground. We were not impressed but glad we saw it. There are a few historic buildings from the gold rush days of 1896-1899. We then visited the Wildlife Conservation Center, located at mile 79 on the Seward Highway. I'm not fond of caged wildlife, consoled myself that these were rescued animals, but it still felt like a zoo. Try to be there when they feed the bears. Entrance fee; adults $12.50, children, seniors and military $9. Back to Portage Valley to...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Whittier

Tuesday -- Our cabin reservation in Haines is for 12-August so we have five days to drive there. The extra time allows us to add Whittier and Portage Pass to our itinerary today. Portage Pass, in the Chugach Region, was how early peoples hauled their goods between Cook Inlet (Anchorage) and Prince William Sound (Whittier). Portage Glacier and the resulting lake are on the Anchorage side near the end of Turnagain Arm. However, there is no longer a trail around the lake and up through the pass from that side. We didn't feel like slogging...

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Alaska from a tent

Jul 26, 2012 - Portage

A gorgeous morning with temperatures in the low 50’s and a bright blue sky. Hopefully it will be a great day for the cruise. The batteries were only down to 76% when I got up this morning. I ran the generator to recharge the batteries, fix my morning coffee, and heat the water for a shower. I left the RV at 09:55AM as I have to take the 10:30AM tunnel crossing. Once I arrived on the Whittier side of the tunnel all I saw was fog. It was slowly starting to lift and it appeared mostly gone when we started boarding at 11:45AM. The cruise...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Portage, Alaska

A bright sun and cold morning in Soldotna – 39 degrees. Alaska takes on a new perspective when the sun is out and the clouds do not obscure everything – beautiful and majestic. Today was one of those days. Bright sunny skies with only a few clouds and a high of almost 70 degrees. That being said, the news last night from Anchorage said the state was on pace to have the second coldest July on record. I departed the Klondike RV Park in Soldotna at 08:25AM driving east on the Sterling Highway, then north on the Seward Highway, and finally east...

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Jul 17, 2012 - 360º of mountains

We took a boat tour of Prince William Sound when we were in Valdez. The weather was murky so we focused much more on the animals than on the glaciers, because they were obscured by clouds and fog. We could see the mountain bottoms, but could only imagine the tops. Today we remedied that situation by taking a boat tour from Whittier that went to 26 glaciers in the sound on a picture perfect sky blue day. There are a number of companies offering a number of different itineraries in the sound, so we had a hard time making up our minds which...

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Jul 16, 2012 - almost perfect

What a difference 24 hours makes. The rain finally stopped and we awoke to a brightening sky. We headed to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see the animals that have undoubtedly been hiding from us as we have traveled through their habitats. All the animals here have been rescued from certain death. The grizzles’ mother was shot by a man who was protecting his dog from her. The elk had over populated their habitat in Washington state and were relocated here to more spacious grounds. The eagle had been hit by a car. And so on. Each...

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Jul 5, 2012 - Whittier, AK

Thu, 05 Jul: We're in Whittier Alaska. We're in Whittier and it's not raining. No, not raining—pouring! Yes, we know we're in Whittier when it's pouring as this is our third visit to Whittier and it's rained every time we've been here... We had a rainy Fourth of July, but the rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who wanted to detonate pyrotechnics. At midnite on the third the municipal fireworks display started (they had to wait for it to get mostly dark) followed by the amateurs who kept popping off firecrackers and such until...

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