S: Alaska 2011
2: On the drive to Seward, we ventured to Portage Glacier. This glacier is situated above a serene lake still harboring the remains of a foregone winter. The mountains lifted their foggy veils so we might catch a glimpse of what Alaska has in store for us. | Portage Glacier
3: There are many things to see here at the aquatic center. We view harbor seals, walrus, sea lions, and many species of birds. Now that we can differentiate between a seal and a sea lion, we head off to Nellie's , a Seward staple, where a slow wait-staff serves us lunch. | The Alaska Marine Life Aquatic Center
4: Donning our water gear, we enlist the guidance of Fran from Kayak Adventures Worldwide for our excursion into Resurrection Bay. We put in at Lowell Point after being debriefed on water safety and procedures. Chopping waves nonplussed, we paddle out. For the next few hours, we navigate the frigid waters as we enjoy the scenery and peacefulness during this delicate balancing act. Before heading in, we beach to enjoy warm drinks and some snacks. We take a short walk to the confluence of fresh and salt water to observe the spawning of pink and chum salmon.
6: At 6:45, we're aboard with Harry, Larry, and Chris. Forty miles out of Resurrection Bay, past mountain goats and sea lions, we drop line for silver salmon.
7: After delivering some silvers to our pots, we move out in search of halibut. We fare better at this honey hole and limit out quickly.Then, after maxing out on silvers,we speed off to catch rockfish. Total: 10 lbs. rockfish, 51 lbs. silver salmon, 33 lbs. halibut. FISH ON!
8: Soggy and sodden, we trek across the Alaska Railroad and up to the trailhead toward Grayling Lake. On the journey, we spot some moose tracks and mushrooms of every shape, size, and color. After tangled lines and no bites, we head back out in search of another casting spot. | Grayling Lake | Graying Lake map | Sign in | Grayling Lake
10: No match for the frigid water temperatures, the girls take the time to photograph flora. Along Highway 1 on a roadside lake, the boys try their hand at freshwater fish. Where are those Dolly Varden anyway?
11: The trip home didn't fare so well for the Buick, but the day was redeemed with a trip to Kincaid Park. We didn't have to walk far to get an up close and personal encounter with Bullwinkle and some side splitting laughs.
12: Mat-Su Glacier We took a drive through Palmer and Wasilla via the Glenn Highway. This roadway allows a glimpse of "Old Alaska." We drove up to Mat-Su Glacier and looked around. It was frighteningly cold and windy. On the drive back, we saw a few bands of sheep which peaked the boys' hunting moods.
14: Rabbit Lake Trail | Monster moose spotted by Eagle-eye
15: 6.4 mile Rabbit Creek boasts excellent fishing for Dolly Varden; so, this is an adventure we're ready to take. Only 2 miles into the hike, spidy-sense kicks in and we find ourselves making the acquaintance of a foraging black bear. Not impressed by our presence, he continues his meal and we reroute. Some of us more shaken than others, we hike on only to be rewarded with the sight of over 30 Dall's Sheep on a hillside.
16: Potter Marsh Boardwalk
17: Hope After sighting-in the sheep killers and taking a stroll through Potter Marsh Boardwalk, we drive to Hope. We find a beautiful spot where the stream meets the bay and cast our lines in hopes of snagging salmon. Vigilant gulls stand in wait for fisherman's castaways or the occasional salmon who has languished under his watch.
18: Eagle River Nature Center | Anchorage