S: The Great Adventure
BC: Thanks for this once in a lifetime trip. I will never forget it. I love you, Dad. Love, Rob
FC: The Great Adventure | Alaska Summer 2011
1: Day 1: On the way to Whittier | What a beautiful view! | This was our first glimpse of a glacier.
2: The Captain | Me & Pap | Me trying to keep my hat on | Day 1: 26 Glacier Tour from Whittier
3: Pap was having fun | So those are Sea Lions,..Cool | On our way out to the glaciers, we stopped to look at some Sea Lions. The boat ride was quite the rush at 50MPH | This amazing tour started our trip and set the tone for the many wonders we would see. I was thanking God all day for showing us a small glimpse of heaven.
4: Pap was stylin' | Day 1: 26 Glacier Tour cont.
5: Me & Pap trying not to freeze. Brrrrr it was cold, but worth every moment.
6: We were blessed to see some glaciers calve. The sound was unlike anything we had ever heard. There were also some sea otters frolicking in the water next to the boat. Watching them play was a good reminder of God's character. They looked like children at play...
7: Lookin' good | Day 1: 26 Glacier Tour cont.
8: Unbelievably, it got even colder...
9: The glorious sights in Prince William Sound were incredible. God blessed us with beautiful weather. It was clear and about 70 degrees in Anchorage this day. All glory be to God. Great things He has done. | Day 1: 26 Glacier Tour cont.
10: Day 2: Hike to the top of Flattop.
11: You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalms 65:5-8
12: Just before the last stage, we stopped and had some lunch | Overlooking Anchorage | Day 2: The hike...
13: The summit... We made it | The view from the top | Climbing back down was especially fun
14: We decided to take the scenic route via Tok. It added four hours to the trip, but it allowed us to see this amazing terrain. | Day 3: Driving to Fairbanks
15: We passed through Palmer on our way North. It was pouring down rain and the fog was hanging directly above the trees. We were able to envision what must have happened to my namesake on that fateful day in 1970. | We passed the ten hours of travel by enjoying the scenery and listening to praise music
16: Day 4: Riverboat Discovery Tour in Fairbanks
17: In the morning, we got up and went on a riverboat tour along the Chena River. During the tour we had the opportunity to learn about the history of Fairbanks, the weather, and the Athabascan Indians. The highlight was observing the dogsled training with Dave Monson. Later in the day we visited downtown and looked at the area where Grandpa Watts would have lived while working on the trucks for the ALCAN highway.
18: Day 6: Denali National Park
19: The wind was blowing and blustering. | It was a very chilly day. | After driving down to our motel the day before, we left early in the morning on a tour bus into Denali National Park and were blessed to see "The Mountain" along with incredible wildlife.
20: I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? Psalms 121:1
21: Denali - "The Mountain" | Day 6: Denali National Park cont.
22: Day 8 & 9: Fishing the Kenai River.
23: We ended our Alaska adventure by fishing the Kenai. The first day we fished for Sockeye salmon. Pap caught the first salmon and it was a monster (see right). The next day we fished for Rainbow trout. | Pap caught a 23 inch Rainbow (see left).
24: Rob and Nick with a Rainbow trout. Rob caught the most fish.
25: Day 8 & 9: Fishing the Kenai cont. | The fishing was unlike anything we had ever experienced. The "small" Rainbows were 14-16 inches and the average was closer to 20. On the drive back from fishing, we stopped on Beluga Point outside Anchorage .