BC: Once in a lifetime trip
FC: The Last Frontier | Alaska 2011
1: Alaska Itinerary 7/4 Flew to Fairbanks 7/5 Riverboat Discovery & Gold Mine Tour 7/6 Train from Fairbanks to Denali 7/7 Tour Denali National Park - See Mt.McKinley 7/8 Motorcoach from Denali to Anchorage to Seward to board the Mellenium 7/9 Cruise to Hubbard Glacier 7/10 Juneau - Whale Watching 7/11 Skagwag - Dog Mushing 7/12 Icy Strait Point 7/13 Ketchikan - Crab Fisherman Tour 7/14 Cruise the Inner Passage 7/15 Flew home from Vancouver
2: First stop was Fairbanks. Began with a boat trip on the Chena River
3: Dog Mushing is the sport in Alaska. Stopped by a camp along the river where we were told about the dogs and how they are trained in the summer. Ava Lidner is training her dogs to run the Iditarod in 2013.
4: Next stop was Chena Village. Saw how the native eskimos lived. It took alot of fishing and hunting to survive.
5: Susan Butcher and her dog Granite were well known for winning the Iditarod. | The closes we came to a moose.
6: The young people explained how the eskimoes used to live. | What they were able to make with a variety of animal skins was amazing!
7: What a beautiful view! | Charles Binkley moved to Alaska during the Goldrush. Now the family operates the Riverboat Discovery Tour & the Goldmine we visited next.
8: We traveled to the El Dorado Gold Mine Where they showed us the old way to mine
9: Then they showed us the way they do it now | Notice the nugget around her neck | The water comes down from the mountain and carries the dirt over the grates.
10: Then we got to try. I just didn't have the patience. | Terry was very intense | Next it was weighed | No one got a nugget this big
11: On the way back to the Sophia Station Hotel | We stopped by to see part of the Alaskan Pipeline
12: Early next morning we loaded the buses and headed to the train station for the ride to Denali. Had a great breakfast on the way. Beautiful scenery all the way
14: Alot of curves as we neared Denali | Saw some rafters on the way in | The Grand Denali Lodge sits high on the mountain | First glance of Mt. McKinley?
15: Took a short walking tour in Denali National Park even before going to the hotel. | Our guide was very knowledgable. Even showed us some moose poop!
16: Flora & Fauna of Denali National Park We set out on Thursday morning for an 8 hour tour of Denali. Another beautiful day and saw some gorgeous scenery. But a little disappointed about not seeing much wildlife.
17: There's a bear in those hills somewhere | The little white dots on the hillside are dall sheep
18: 10% of tourist see Mt. McKinley 2 days in a row and WE DID!
19: Final Shots from Denali | Both nights in Denali we went into town to eat | Kept running into Sarah all over Alaska | Princess Resort
20: On the Motocoach to Seward | After 8 hours on the bus, with a quick lunch in Anchorage, we arrived in Seward. Here we boarded the Celebrity Millenium for the cruise. Cam and Emily our guides on land, bid us goodbye.
21: An amazing site from inside the ship and on the deck | The naturalist on board was full of entertaining information | Hubbard Glacier First destination on our first day of cruising.
22: Saw seaplanes every where. Watched one from our balcony | Walked around town before we went whale watching | Woke up in Juneau
23: Chose Harv & Marv to go Whale Watching so we would be on a smaller boat | It didn't take long for the first sighting of the spray | There were about 15 whales in the bay "bubble netting". One whale swims to the bottom to force the smaller fish up to the whales that are circling above.
24: Stopped by Mendenhall Glacier | on the way back to the ship.
25: Next morning we woke up in Skagway, nose to nose with another cruise ship.
26: Did a little shopping and a site seeing . Ran into Sarah again and was that a Croswell bus we saw?
27: We then went up onto a mountain to a dog mushing camp. This camp is privately owned and the owner has put alot of money in creating paths and training facilities for the dogs to be trained for the races from November to March. It also makes a little money from tours.
28: Kevin, a young man from Montana, is training for his first Iditarod in 2012. His team, with Wilma & Hanna Montana in the lead took us for a "sled" ride.
29: Back at the camp, a young man from Alabama(?) told us more about the Iditarod | And then we got to play with the puppies
30: Not much in Icy Strait Point A big barn with a few shops, fishing and a zip line (already did that) | Icy Strait Point
31: A great Kodak moment | Watched as he fileted some halibut. The halibut made for some great fish n' chips
32: Next morning we are in Ketchikan First day we didn't start out with perfect weather | Packed up our extra clothes and walked down the boat dock
33: Board a Bering Sea Crab vessel (now used for tours) The captain has appeared on World's Deadliest Catches | Start off learning about "line fishing" and the different types of hooks used now
34: The crew then shows us a little about crabbing
35: We all get a turn to hold a crab. Terry's motto: Love 'em then Eat 'em
36: We then watched what they called "beer barrel fishing" | Pulled up an octopus that they were keeping in the barrel
37: Before taking us back to the dock they showed us a popular bald eagle nesting area. The nests are huge!
38: Walked and shopped in Ketchikan | Visited Creek Street, home of some famous brothels in the early days
39: The last day was spent cruising and started with a brunch buffet | Had a couple of formal nights in the dining room | Got to celebrate my birthday | The buffets were beautiful
40: Arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 15th at 7:00 am to start our long journey home.
41: The cliffs were steep going into Denali | More Pictures from Alaska | Pump House in Fairbanks
42: The Celebrity Millenium
43: The bay where we went whale watching in Juneau | Along with the boats on the dock there were many sea planes | The bay in Ketchikan
44: Shots from our balcony
45: Sarah's every where | Parting Shots | Harley might get jealous | Not really dog people | John & Donna another story