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May 18, 2010 - Day 57 26 Glacier Cruise

After breakfast overlooking the bay at Seward, we got an early start towards Whittier, where we were to meet Kim at 11 am. The drive was uneventful and we stopped only once for photos. Naturally we arrived very early. Mistaking the lodge for the visitor center, we went in; I found a great charm for my bracelet (I’d already bought a moose charm in Anchorage) - a halibut! Isn’t that perfect?! We found out while we were there that the visitor center wasn’t open. So Ralph wandered and took pictures while I sat in the truck and read (big...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Portage, Alaska

First thing this morning we went to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier and Portage Lake. There are a number of video based self guided displays centered on Portage Pass and the Portage Valley. We also watched a movie about the formation of glaciers, Prince William Sound, and area wildlife. We returned “home” late morning and cooked several dishes using the Dutch ovens. We are becoming accustomed to the unusual living habits that we have seen here in Alaska and simulated what we may look like after a few years of living in...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Portage Glacier and Whittier

We returned along the highway to the Portage Valley area. The mountains were clearer than the day before so we stopped a number of times to admire the views. As we entered the Portage Valley we got our first view of the glaciers. We stopped at the Williwaw Fishing Viewing Platform and watched salmon for a while travelling up the creek to spawn. Our next stop was the Begich Boggs Visitor Centre which had been built in 1985 on the terminal moraine left behind by the Portage Glacier in 1914. We wandered round the excellent exhibits about the...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Portage Valley Glaciers and a Trip to Whittier

Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Williwaw Campground, Chugach National Forest, Alaska Byron Glacier and a Trip to Whittier Jonathan and I went for a walk along the river this morning after breakfast. We wanted to try to get to the foot of the falls and play in the rocks but the path that lead there, we discovered, was an animal path and as low as it was I suspected it was made by bears so we opted to go back to the walking/bike path and just view the glacier from there. We walked about a mile and a half when Jonathan got a blister on his foot so we...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Portage Glacier - Whittier

Miles Today: 60 Day:88 Total Miles: Short drive today from Cooper Landing to an RV park close to Whittier and the Portage Glacier. We chose this RV park because we did not want to take our rigs through the 6000 ft tunnel that would have cost each of us $35. The tunnel is shared between the railroad and highway traffic and only allows traffic to move in one direction at a time. For example, you can only go to Whittier on the half hour and return from Whittier on the hour. If you are late, you have to wait an hour for the next time frame. For...

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Jul 11, 2009 - Portage Valley, AK - Williwaw Campground NFS

Friday's trip to Portage Valley was only about 100 miles and we arrived here in time to get one of the walk-in sites. This is a fantasic National Forest Service campground - probably the best I have seen. No hook-ups but very large sites, both pull-through and back-in, with paved access and paved site pads. Our site is at least 75 feet deep and 40 feet wide. It has a good fire ring and a picnic table that isn't going anywhere. It's about seven feet long and three to four foot wide, made of four by lumber it probably weighs 150 pounds! After...

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Jul 10, 2009 - To Infinity, and Beyond

Today we were going on a cruise of Prince William Sound, leaving from Whittier. We were up early, so we decided to spend an hour at the Portage Glacier Visitor's Center, since it had been closed when we got there yesterday. It was a great way to spend an hour. The weather was hazy and overcast due to the forest fires. To get to Whittier, you have to go through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. The tunnel is 2.5 miles long and one lane, with railroad tracks going down the center. It opens once an hour for travel in each direction. We...

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Aug 29, 2008 - Cruise to Whittier, Alaska

Today we took a small ship with Stan Stevens Cruises from Valdez to Whittier, cruising the beautiful Prince William Sound. And man, were we lucky. While you can always see the icebergs, seeing as many whales as we did is not that common. They were swimming and playing around the boat forever. We literally made hundred of photos. Also, we saw a fishing boat hauling in tons of Salmon which according to our captain wasn't seen for months. In addition, we still had great weather despite the fact that it was raining the entire year in...

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Aug 16, 2008 - Whittier, Alaska

Whittier is not promoted to the tourists like Seward and Homer but we recommend Whittier to everyone. To get into the town you must go through a tunnel that is one lane only. The traffic is alternated every half hour to go through unless a train comes and that has priority in going through the tunnel. It costs $10.00 which covers both ways and it is wierd going through this, one narrow lane riding on the train tracks for 4 miles through the base of a mountain surrounding the town. The town was a military base at one time now a time...

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Aug 7, 2008 - Whittier Boat Trip

Thursday , Aug 7 Whittier Boat Trip Temperature was in the high 50s and windy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey, Jean wants to jump on a boat and get out into the fjords, check out some of the sea wildlife and get up and close and personal with some of the ancient, monstrous glaciers slowly working their way, lo these many thousands of years, into Prince William Sound. Unfortunately, I have a propensity towards getting sea sick and am reticent to attempt such a journey. “Wait, wait,...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Whittier

Decided to take the car over to Whittier so we stayed at Williwaw campground just 1 mile from Portage Glacier. Arrived to get in line for the tunnel around 9:15 am. The tunnel used to be just for the train but now they paved around the tracks and both train and car use it, just not at the same time. 9:30 on the dot they opened the tunnel to traffic going into Whittier. Whittier is a small but cute little town. It has two pretty tall buiding the one on the far side used to be used by the military but now it is abandoned. Damaged by the...

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Jul 28, 2008 - Glacier Cruise

Off to the cruise which originates at Whittier. Went through a 2 ½ mile tunnel to get to the harbor. The cruise boat is a catamaran and can move up to 40mph. The cruise went out on Prince William Sound where we saw a number of glaciers. Those pictures you see as advertisements with ice falling into the sea, whales, etc. must take some patience to capture. Yes the ice does fall and there are were whales, but to get these on camera you have to be plane lucky!! We did see sea otters and harbor seals. On the way back from Whittier we were able...

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