S: Alaska 2011
BC: Made with love by Sheila
FC: Alaska Family Trip | August 2011
1: August 11-22, 2011 Thur., 8/11 - Landed late, ice cream with Deb, drove RV to Deb's Fri., 8/12 - Celebrated Alyssa's birthday with Grandma Dee Dee, stayed at Fox River Campground Sat., 8/13 - Sat. Market in Anchorage, Alyeska Tram, Portage Glacier, stayed at Kenai River Princess RV Park - hot tub Sun., 8/14, Rainy - Scenic float on Kenai River & 2 hour horseback ride. Stoney Creek RV Park near Seward (2N) Mon., 8/15 - Cracker Jack Fishing (halibut & salmon) for guys and Kenai Fjords Captain's Choice tour for girls. Gotta love those whales & puffins! Tuesday, 8/16 - Drove to Denali, lunch with Grandma & ice cream at Talkneetna. Stayed at Denali Grizzly Bear (2N) Wed., 8/17 - Bus to Eielson Visitor Center Thursday, 8/18 - Drove to Fairbanks (Pioneer Park & Museum of the North) Fri., 8/19 - River's Edge Discovery Cruise Sat., 8/20 - Drove to Deb's Sun., 8/21 - Spent time with Deb, Max, Grandma Dee Dee and Aurora (their puppy) Mon., 8/22 - Spent day in Wasilla, HOME
2: On the way to Alaska, our plane had personal TV screens so we enjoyed watching movies.
3: DENALI, "The High One" | As we approached Anchorage, we were able to see Denali and lots of beautiful scenery
4: Ordered cake ahead - Amy's Cakes in Love | 10
5: Celebrated Alyssa's Birthday with Grandma Dee Dee At Primrose
6: Fox Run Campgrounds - Wasilla, AK
7: RV Living in Alaska - Nice views of the lake and first fishing on the trip
8: RV Driving in Alaska There's nothing like the scenery in Alaska... You never know what wildlife or beauty is around the corner
9: We had minor problems with RV but overall it was a great way to see Alaska. Some of my favorite scenery was in the Seward Area
10: Anchorage - Sat. Market | Anchorage Saturday Market | Nick bought presents for his family - carrying the Beaver slippers for Jill.
11: Food | Parking | Shopping
12: Turnagain Arm Tossing rocks in the water, watching trains go by, looking for Dall sheep and climbing... Huge flux in tides - easy to get stuck out too far on sand bars.
14: Portage Glacier Skipped rocks... Megan & Nick picked up the glacier ice.
16: Mike went to Alyeska for his mom's 75th Birthday in January 2011. We enjoyed the tram & beautiful views of Girdwood Area. Spectacular grounds...
17: Alyeska Resort is the only 4 star resort in Alaska
18: We took a scenic float out of Coopers Landing near Seward. It was a rainy day but fun to see salmon, fly fisherman & campers. Our guide was from Minnesota.
20: Two hours of horseback riding with AK Horseman Trail Adventures - near Coopers Landing | It rained in the am so it was a wet ride. Lots of fun going at all the gaits & enjoying nature at it's best!
21: Alyssa's 1st choice for FUN! It was Nick's 1st time riding horseback. He did awesome!
22: Our guide showed us some trick riding. We saw an old miner's cabin, fly fishing on the stream & Kenai lake!
23: Yippee! We're going horseback riding! We enjoyed it! (Especially Alyssa)
24: Cracker Jack Fishing- Seward, AK | Cold, rainy day - went way out to Montague Island in search of the big ones... | They caught their limit of salmon & halibut | August 15th
27: Kenai Fjords Wildlife Tour - Seward Glaciers, puffins, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagle and WHALES!
28: Humpback & Orca Whales... | Resurrection Bay - Seward | It's amazing to me how whales can be so fast considering how huge they are...
30: Drive to Denali August 16th
31: Lunch in Wasilla Ice Cream in Talkneetna, view of Denali LONG DRIVE
33: Bus Ride to Eielson Center in Denali National Park
35: "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12
36: trans Alaska Pipeline
37: Facts: Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, 800 Miles Constructed '74-'77 - 54 animal crossings, 3 mountain ranges crossed, 34 major rivers crossed Pipe is 48" diameter Capacity - 9 Million barrels | Pigs monitor condition of pipeline & improve it's flow.
38: We stayed at River's Edge in Fairbanks on the Nenana River. Nick enjoyed whittling his walking stick, we ate salmon, fished, talked with a British couple & enjoyed their dog, Brakken.
39: Fairbanks Cabin of Harry Karstens, Co-leader of 1st Climb of Mt. McKinley & Superintendent of Denali | President Harding's Car | S. S. Nenana
40: Amazing displays - High School Diploma on moose hide, fishing stool (above), sculptures, paintings, and Imax movies. | Museum of the North, Faribanks
41: Fairbanks Beauty | Musk ox
42: Riverboat Discovery Cruise, Fairbanks - Aug. 19th, 2011
43: We enjoyed hearing about native culture, seeing iditrarod dogs & trainers (Alyssa with Lance Mackey's puppy)
44: Everyone enjoyed Aurora, their puppy. We also enjoyed a fish fry & a game of washers.
46: Primrose Community Wasilla, AK
47: It was good to visit with Grandma Dee Dee several times in her new home and to see her apartment. She has lots of amenities - pool room, movie theater, ice cream parlour and exercise room.