Chugach Mountains PanoramaView All Sizes
My Dad near Matanuska RiverView All Sizes
JOURNAL : August 27, 2010
|Series||Driving through Alaska|
My dad started all this. He wanted to take a cruise and go fishing in Alaska. My sister and I said sure! We strong-armed grandma into going too. From Seattle we hopped aboard Royal Caribbean's Inside Passage cruise which stops in Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia on the return leg. The cruise itself is entertaining and helps to return those lost pounds to their rightful places.
Horsetail Falls, Keystone CanyonView All Sizes
While ashore in Juneau we took the Mount Roberts Tramway, then a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier for some crunching about on the compressed ice. Later, out beyond Auke Bay for a whale-watching expedition. It was a pretty busy day.
Just up the Lynn Canal in Skagway we opted for the classic White Pass Yukon Route train ride to Fraser, British Columbia. It's highly recommended for folks who like classic trains. Whizzing down the Klondike Highway on a bicycle was how I got back to Skagway that day.
Before returning to Seattle we stopped over in Victoria and explored the gorgeous Butchart Gardens. The vivid colors and detailed subject matter were a marked contrast to the vast panorama of Alaska.
After disembarking in Seattle my dad and I flew up to Anchorage. Our intent was to explore a bit, visit some of the fishing towns and catch some fish.
White Pass Yukon Route RailroadView All Sizes
Granite Walls of Keystone CanyonView All Sizes
Matanuska GlacierView All Sizes
Semi-Trailer Truck on Richardson HighwayView All Sizes
Along the way Alaska impressed us with its magnificent natural beauty and intermittently dismal weather. But even the cold, drizzly conditions and misty mountains embodied the aloof splendor that characterizes Alaska as a remote wilderness that only opens itself up fully to pithy visitors. To really see the land one has to journey into its heart.
Bridal Veil Falls, Keystone CanyonView All Sizes
A journal doesn't have to be just what has been done, but what could also be. While travelling around Alaska we got a good taste of what was available, and made mental notes about what to do the next time.
For example, I would have liked to do more hiking and camping in the Chugach mountains of southcentral Alaska. On the way to Valdez around Thompson Pass we spotted quite a few great places to explore. And returning to Kenai Peninsula is high on the list. On the Kenai River we fished for salmon and ate delicious sushi and sashimi for the following month. Out in Homer we took a half-day halibut trip out into Kachemak Bay. In hindsight an overnight excursion might have yielded larger halibut, albeit at a much greater cost and commitment. As it was the day was mighty fine with plenty fish on the line. On the return journey we considered some whitewater rafting but the Kenai was quite sedate at the end of August. More turbulent river rapids would have lured us in.
So these are just a few things on the list : hiking, camping, river rafting or kayaking, glacier trekking.And then there's Denali. While we didn't make it far enough north to visit Denali National Park, it will be integral to our next visit to Alaska.
False Wolf Sighting
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Out on the highway in the middle of the endless wilderness we spotted a dark canine shape crossing the road. A wolf! So I get out and pursue it into the forest, but it turns out to be someone's dog that kinda resembles a wolf. Oh well...
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August 27, 2010
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