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Jul 28, 2011 - Hiking Byron Glacier and Winner Creek

It was a perfect day for hiking and sightseeing! As we were walking from the parking lot at Byron Glacier, we ran into some Florida folks we had talked to in Soldotna at the campground. Again, we chatted. They asked if we planned to do a cruise from Whittier, and we replied that we did not. They had a two for one coupon that they were not going to use. They generously gave it to us. We booked the cruise for the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed the easy .9 mile hike to Byron. We climbed over the moraine rock and over the ice field. Although...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Williwaw Campground in Chugach National Forest

We moved northward and actually left the Kenai Peninsula on this day. We had a short drive to Williwaw Campground outside of Whittier. Again, this is in the Chugach National Forest 4 miles off the Seward Highway. The campground rests at the foot of a mountain bearing Middle Glacier. The views were stunning. Upon entering the campground, we found a posted warning about bears. Hmmm! It was not the normal warnings about their presence and storage of food, etc. It warned that bears were approaching people for food and that one entered an RV!!...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Whittier and Glacier Cruise

Today we did the “26 Glacier Cruise” on Prince William Sound aboard the Klondike Express. We left the campground at 8am and headed to Whittier. Of course, it was raining. Along the way we stopped to view the Portage Glacier. Until 2000 the only way to access Whittier overland was by train. In order to allow access for cars to Whittier a major modification of the 2.5-mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel had to be made to handle both railroad and vehicle traffic. The tunnel is 1-lane, and cars and trains take turns traveling through it....

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Jul 21, 2011 - Whittier

Day 31 About ninety miles from Seward is a small, isolated town called Whittier. It has a couple of claims to fame. One is that it’s behind a tunnel. The second is that the port on the west end of Prince William Sound has an Alaska Ferry Terminal. It’s also where Princess Cruise ships either end a cruise, or start one, depending on the itinerary. Two years ago we flew into Anchorage, boarded a bus, went through the tunnel, and boarded a Princess Cruise ship. A week later, having gone through parts of Alaska’s Inland Passage, we disembarked...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Whittier, AK

We only drove about 30 miles and stopped at Portage Valley RV park. It is just outside of Whittier and we are only staying one night. We went over to Portage Lake and took a one hour boat ride over to Portage Glacier. It was fun to see a glacier up close. A park ranger gave the history of the area and how glaciers are important to the environment. The name of Portage comes from it being the only way into Whitter over the frozen lake in the winter. That was before the road and tunnel. After the tour we headed to the Anton Anderson Tunnel...

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Jul 9, 2011 - In Portage Valley

Sabbath: We drove back 9 miles to Girdwood and Alyeska Ski Resort and took the Alyeska Ski Resort Tram to the top of the mountain – from 300 foot to 2300 foot elevation. There was a little bit of snow up there but not much. We were told that this is the longest double-diamond ski run in North America. It is steep! Our son-in-law, Dan, would love it here in the wintertime! After looking around and taking lots of pictures, we came back down the tram, then drove to Whittier, which was established during WWII as a supply port for the war...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Prince William Sound

This is going to be very quick today. It is so amazing how quickly the weather can change from sunny and warm to cold and windy. Today, weather-wise, was not the best day for a cruise around Prince William Sound. However, we did get to see a humpback whale which is apparently no very common in this area, and, because we didn’t have the harsh afternoon sunlight, the blue ice of the glaciers was spectacular. On the other hand, because we had heavy, low clouds, we missed the awesome scenery of the mountains against the water. I’ve chosen just...

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May 31, 2011 - Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise

A nice day for our glacier tour. A slow morning as we didn't have to go through the tunnel until 11:30 to make our 1:15 tour. The tunnel was built by the US army after WWII as Whittier is the most northerly deep water port that is ice free all winter. The tunnel is 2 1/2 miles long and is one lane wide with train tracks down the middle. On the hour the allow traffic through from Whittier for 15 minutes and on the hour to Whittier for 15 minutes. Every now and then the train goes through and they stop traffic both ways. A little spooky...

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May 30, 2011 - Headed South.

Decided to move on today but first we had to buy the Northern Lights Coupon booklet and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. We discovered that there are two coupon books you can buy that offer deals on everything. We are interested in the tours as that is where we are headed. As an example the booklet costs $50 and the tour we are going on in Whittier costs $118 each and the booklet offers two for one. That means we have already saved $68. The tour in Seward costs $150 and we'll get the second tour free so you can see it is worthwhile....

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Sep 11, 2010 - Whittier, AK

We travelled by bus to Whittier to board the ship. We had to go through a one-way tunnel that is shared by cars and trains. In earlier years they would load the buses and cars on flatbed train cars, transport them through the tunnel and then unload them on the other side. Our first two days were at sea. We went into Yakutat Bay on the first day and Glacier Bay on the second day to see several glaciers inching their way into the ocean. Glaciers that touch the sea are called tidewater glaciers. Hubbard Glacier, in Yakutat Bay, is the longest...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Two Point Five Mile Tunnel Thru A Mountain

Today we pulled into a fantastic National Forest camp right below a glacier. It's called Williwaw USFS. Set up camp and drove down to the Begich Boggs Visitors Center. It's right on a glacier lake. Got some info on hikes and going into Whittier. This town is on the other side of a mountain that you have to drive thru. It's a 2.5 mile tunnel one lane. One side goes thru on the hour and the other on the half hour. So we will pay the 12.00 dollars to go thru.

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Jul 26, 2010 - Whittier Ak

Well we woke to a pouring rain. We are still going into Whitter to see about the cruise to the glaciers. When we got to the tunnel we found out that they raised the cost to go through it to $12.00, you either pay or you don't get to Whitter, so we went. The tunnel was blasted thru the mountain in 1941 and many years later opened to the public when the military got done with it. It is 2 1/2 miles long , one lane wide and you share the road with the Alaska Railroad ! When the train is scheduled to go thru all traffic is held up! On the hour...

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