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Ketchikan

Today we visited Ketchikan. It is the oldest city in Alaska. It is the farthest south and the fourth largest at 14,000. I tried in vain to get on a bear watching expedition to Neets Bay or Prince of Wales Island but they were full (despite being expensive). We were already scheduled to go on […]

Skagway

We decided to take a day off from excursions and just explore Skagway. Quite touristy but quaint. Most (if not all) of the buildings have been converted into T-shirt shops, bars or Jewelry stores (Tanzanite is a big seller, apparently). The locals like to assert their independence and in this case, the proprietors sided the […]

Juneau and Whales

After visiting Mendenhall Glacier, we boarded our third Allen Marine chartered cruise. It was billed as an evening of whale watching. We were told that one in ten trips, an Orca (Killer Whale) is spotted. We saw four. It was cool just to spot them (even if they never did the Sea World jump out […]

Mendenhall Glacier

Our catamaran took us back to our ship which had now traveled up to the Port of Juneau. We had a little time to relax, clean up and get ready to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. This is arguably the most noted glacier in alaska. Being in the capital city helps. It is visited enough that […]

Tracy Arm

  I was up early Friday and noticed these floating past our balcony. Our ship had ventured into the Tracy Arm (basically a very large fjord), home to the North and South Sawyer Glaciers (which were one prior to their retreat. To get a feeling for the sheer size of the mountains on the sides […]

Sitka (with Otters, Eagles, and Puffins)

After seeing so many Harbor Seals sunning on ice floes (go figure), we were excited to go on a smaller excursion. We ventured into the quaint town of Sitka, situated at the edge of the Sitka Sound with pretty dramatic terrain. The local fishing is going well. Here is an early morning crew with nets […]

Hubbard Glacier (part 2) – The Seals

This is the second post from Hubbard Glacier. The weather was amazing. Partly to mostly cloudy but the air was clear and no rain. As we neared the glacier and again as we retreated I had a chance to get up close and personal with a lot of Harbor Seals that were sunning themselves on […]

Hubbard Glacier

On Thursday we visited Hubbard Glacier. It is the longest tidewater Glacier in Alaska with a face that is 6 miles wide. Here is a shot as we pulled into Yakutat Bay. It was very impressive even from a distance. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and calm, allowing us to get closer. At this […]

Alaska – Anchorage to Seward

We made it to Alaska. Not that it was really in doubt, but we are here nonetheless. I have now been to all fifty states. It took more than 50 years but I am pleased. We arrived Tuesday night in Anchorage. It was about 6:30 by the time we got to the hotel (a 5+ […]

Santa Barbara

Mary and I took a long weekend to Santa Barbara in early May. I had miles and a free ticket (I fly too much) so we decided to check out another area. We landed in LA, stayed one night in Santa Monica and then drove up PCH 1. Beautiful drive. We stopped once or twice […]