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Jul 25, 2010 - A visit to Whittier

Today we were hoping for drier weather only to find out what? more rain. After checking the forecast we see for the next 10 day they are calling for rain. So we will just put or raincoats on and go for it. We will not be able to take the glacier cruise due to the weather but will do some other things. So we we drove to Whitter through a train tunnel. It is a tunnel that cars share the same track as the train. It cost about $12.00 per car for a round trip. It was a neat little town but it poured down rain all day long. So it was really wet...

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Jul 23, 2010 - Whittier, Ak Glacier cruise

July 23, 2010 day 48 Whittier What a day! We woke up to clear skies and no wind. We could not have asked for better weather for our boat ride to 26 glaciers. It was suggested that we try and make the 10:30 am tunnel access but we arrived early enough to make the 9:30 access. The one way tunnel reverses direction every half hour and cars share it with the train. The extra hour gave us an opportunity to explore the town; that took about 15 minutes. There is not much in Whittier. Whittier is primarily a year around shipping port and sport...

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Jul 22, 2010 - Whittier, Ak updated with pictures

July 22, 2010 day 47, Portage We left about 10am for Portage , 49 miles south. The only thing there is a train stop. The train runs from Anchorage to Seward, a 128 mile very scenic ride. We are staying at the Portage Valley RV Park 1.7 miles in on the Portage- Whittier highway. The purpose is to take a boat ride out of Whittier to see the many glaciers in this area. After setting up camp, the six of us took a drive to the visitor’s center on the shore of Portage Lake, some 5 miles further in on the highway. This is a very nice visitor’s...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Sunshine in Portage Valley

Date: July 21, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Williwaw Campground Mileage: End - 48560 Start - 48452 Total Miles for the day: 108 Weather: cloudy early, turning to bright sunshine most of the afternoon Temperature: start 47 º High 60º Wildlife count: a bunch of red squirrels at our campsite Up early this morning and headed for Anchorage after breakfast. It was cold and rainy here, but the sun came out as soon as we got out of the valley and into the Turnagain Arm valley. Stopped at several of the beautiful turn-outs along Turnagain Arm, as the...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Whittier, AK

The bus is in Valdez, AK ======================================================================= Drivers Log Miles this leg--122 Miles total--6221 How we got here—See Google Map 14—A to B 102 miles, overnight at Portage Valley RV—B to C 10 miles to Whittier Fuel stop—None July 20—Left Soldotna at 12:30PM and arrived Portage Valley RV Park 3:30PM with a lunch stop July 21—Left Portage Valley at 10AM and arrived Whittier just after 11AM ======================================================================= Wildlife Checklist: Wild...

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The Alaskan Frontier

Jul 20, 2010 - Life in the Chugach Mountains

Date: July 20, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Williwaw Mileage: End - 48452 Start - 48336 Total Miles for the day: 116 Weather: mostly cloudy, a few patches of blue sky Temperature: start 52º High 58º Wildlife count: We visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and saw: many magpies, 2 black bears, 2 brown bears, 1 grizzly bear, musk ox herd & baby musk oxen, caribou herd, elk herd, wood buffalo herd, Red fox kit, coyote, 3 Bull Moose, bald eagle, immature and mature seagulls. What an amazing day! Everywhere we looked, we were surrounded...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Palmer to Williwaw Campground, Chugach Nat. Forest

Date: July 19, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Portage, Williwaw Campground in Chugach Nat. Forest Mileage: End - 48337 Start - 48236 Total Miles for the day: 101 Weather: cloudy – a few times of drizzle Temperature: start 53º High 57º Wildlife count: immature Bald Eagle, mosquitoes, bear and moose scat We left Homestead RV Park, drove through Anchorage and down to the bottom of Turnagain Arm. It was very windy on the Arm, and rainy, so we did not stop for pictures, but will come back w/out the RV. Pulled into Williwaw Campground at 10:30am, and...

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Jul 18, 2010 - Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters; Whittier

Sunday, July 18, 2010 It was another morning of a toasty motorhome but very rainy outside. Our first stop of the day was to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters on Knik Road in Wasilla. One definition of Iditarod is that it “came from the Ingalik and Holikachuck word ‘hidehod’ for the Iditarod River. Hidehod means distant or distant place.” Wasilla is the headquarters for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race that travels from Anchorage to Nome. It is also called “The Last Great Race on Earth”. It begins the first Saturday in March in...

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Our Alaska Adventure

Jul 12, 2010 - Off to Whittier

Monday morning Dick got up early and took the Saturn out to a tire and alignment shop and was able to have a complete allignment done! This was really important as the left front tire that he had replaced had been worn down to the steel belt on the inside edge and the wheel was canted inward at the top. Repairs done we were ready to tow it again. As was said in an earlier post the drive to Whittier is along Turnagain Arm and the mountains were beautiful. We had never seen such a lot tide in the Arm and Ellie enjoyed taking photos along the...

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Jul 9, 2010 - July 8th. Granite Creek Campground

We picked up Helen last night around 10:30. She wasn't as tired as I expected here to be. We spent the night in a campground very near downtown Anchorage. A train track ran in back of the RV, A small aircraft airport was very close by. A military airport was near. Tori was able to fish in Ship Creek though. She didn't get anything though. Her casting is getting better. We drove down the Seward highway to Whitter. We had to go through a tunnel 2.5 miles long to get there. The tunnel is shared by highway traffic and railroad traffic. We saw...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Day 15 - Train Ride to Whittier

On Saturday, June 5, we began our journey home. We boarded a train run by the Princess Cruise Line at Denali National Park and were lucky enough to be seated in a really nice observation car…comfortable seating at a table, a bar, and a dining car below us. Plus there was an open deck next to the dining car, so we were able to go out there to take pictures. It would be a 9-hour trip, but the other people travelling with us were from our land tour, so we knew it would be a fun trip. Unfortunately it was raining when we left, but in spite of...

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Freebirds

May 29, 2010 - Day 8 - Arrival in Whittier, AK

After 7 days at sea we had arrived in Whittier, Alaska and our fabulous cruise up the Inside Passage came to an end. What an amazing week we had! But the second leg of our journey, touring the Interior, was about to begin. At the dock, we boarded a greyhound-type bus and started our trip to Anchorage. And right off the bat, an engineering marvel, within sight of the ship. As we waited our turn to enter the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, which goes through Maynard Mountain, our bus driver gave us some facts. It is the longest highway tunnel...

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