S: Alaska Trip July 2011
BC: We had a wonderful trip to Alaska and it has left us with many lasting memories.
FC: The Great Outdoors in Alaska | Trip to Alaska July 2011
1: Train Ride! | What a beautiful view! | Caught The Alaska Railroad in Anchorage, AK on June 29, 2011. Beautiful views on our way to Seward, AK.
2: Seward Harbor | First sight of a glacier from train | Resurrection Bay in Seward | Seward, AK June, 29, 2011
3: View from our hotel balcony | Mt. Marathon race path | After checking into our hotel, we explored the town and had dinner at a local restauant. We learned about Mt. Marathon race which was bringing 30,000 people to the small town of Seward over July 4th weekend. Thankfully we were boarding our ship on the 1st of July. | Seward, AK June 29, 2011
4: Northwestern Glacier June 30, 2011
5: On our first full day in Seward we decided to take a Kenai Fjords (pronounced f'yords) boat trip traveling down Resurrection Bay to the Gulf of Alaska. We were able to get up close to view seabirds (puffins, kittiwakes), whale, dolfin, orca, otters & sea lions. Along the way were jagged nunataks, Eskimo for "lonely peaks" (as seen on page 4). We were also able to get close to Northwestern Glacier (named after the university which sponsored students to come and study the glacier). Glaciers are formed by hundreds of inches of snowflakes that compact into dense glacial ice causing the ice to be blue. They look like rivers of ice. We loved this trip even though it was 9 hours.
6: Exit Glacier | Morning of July 1, 2011 | Arlyn taking pics. | We had a ranger guide us up the trail to Exit Glacier. She told us the glacier got its name when in the spring of 1968, ten people started to cross the Harding Icefield at Chernof Glacier east to Resurrection Glacier. Of the ten, only four hiked all the way across. A newspaper reported that the group would be descending the "Exit Glacier" - hence the name.
7: Trenna at Exit Glacier | We were able to hike up to Exit Glacier to get close, but were not allowed to touch the ice. There was beautiful scenery along the way. This is located in Kenai Fjords National Park.!
8: Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas | July 1, 2011
9: We boarded The Radiance of the Seas on Friday, July 1, 2011, explored the ship and relaxed a bit with Barbara and Phil. The ship left port around 9:00 p.m.-it was still daylight until 1:30 a.m. so we could see all the beauty. The next day we arrived at Hubbard Glacier (6 miles wide and 76 miles long) the longest glacier in Alaska. The Captain had to slowly manuever the ship to get close as there was much ice in the water. It was very cold to start, but the afternoon ended with sunny skies that warmed us. Everyone was on the front of the ship to take pictures and to listen for the "thunder ice". We heard the thunder, then would see a large chunk of ice fall in the water. The Captain told us this was an unusually active day. | July 2, 2011 | Hubbard Glacier
10: The morning of July 3, we decided to explore Juneau by foot. (Barbara & I had feet problems, but we made it.) We walked up to the State Capitol building and came upon a bear statue. Great setting for pictures. We also learned that you can only leave Juneau by plane or ferry. The roads end about 8 miles out. | Juneau July 3, 2011
11: The Red Dog Saloon Founded during Juneau's mining era, the Saloon has been in operation for decades. It has been recognised as the oldest man-made tourist attraction in Juneau. For a time "Ragtime Hattie" played piano in white gloves and a silver dollar halter top. Later, in territorial days, the owners would often meet the tour boats at the docks with a mule that wore a sign saying, "follow my ass to the Red Dog Saloon". | Barbara must be taking the picture.
12: Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip Juneau, AK July 3, 2011 | All suited up and ready to go.
13: The pumpkin twins! | Arlyn found some hightops! | If you can't see, this is a bald eagle. | Phil got wet!
14: Skagway, AK
15: Look who we saw while shopping in Skagway on July 4th | Red Onion Saloon Built in 1897, the Red Onion Saloon operated as one of the finest bordellos in Skagway. One of the Madams will take you on a tour of the museum upstairs and tell you stories of the famous women who endured the Klondike Gold Rush while helping the miners quench more than their thirst. Arlyn & Phil didn't know about this tour.
16: White Pass Railway Skagway, AK We boarded the railway traveling from Skagway through the Coast Mountains Tongass National Forest across the U.S. and Canada border at the White Pass Summit with an elevation of 2,865 ft. for 67.5 miles ending at Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada. In May 1898 construction began on the railway after gold had been discovered in the Canadian Klondike. It took 2 years and $10 million to complete with 35 thousand men working on it. The tight curves of the White Pass called for a narrow guage railroad. The rails were three feet apart on a 10-foot-wide road bed and the track was 110 miles long. The first passenger train to leave Lake Bennett carried $500,000 in gold dust. | July 4, 2011
17: After our train ride, we road a bus back and stopped at this lookout over Skagway. | These trees have been dead since the 1964 earthquake. The salt water preserved them. | Whitepass Railway
18: July 5 we arrived at Icy Strait Point. This is where Barb & Phil zip lined. Arlyn & I walked in the beautiful forest with many unusual trees and plants. We then took a bus to the town of Hoonah. | Phil about to fly for 90 seconds
19: Hoonah is a very small town with some beautiful sights. I picked up some Skookem Ointment for pain from a Medicine Woman here. | July 5, 2011
20: As we were eating breakfast, we could see the city of Ketchikan coming up. Picuesque, but it was full of tourist stores and of course jewelry stores. Didn't get much shopping done because we went Salmon fishing here. You can see we did well. July 6, 2011
21: Barbara caught the first fish, a king salmon that wasn't large enough. Had to be thrown back. | Knudson Cove July 6, 2011 | I needed help with this catch. My arm was giving me fits. | My first catch of the day. | I love Phil's smile. It matches the fish.
22: Largest cath of the day 12.8 lbs. | Phil giving Barbara instructions. | Not sure about holding my catch. | He was a fighter - just a little splash. | Barbara was excited about her catch.
23: Arlyn is missing from all the pictures. He wanted to just take pictures of us and the beautiful scenery. | Our catch from the day. We had the most of all the boats out that day.
25: One night we were lucky enough to sit with Captain Claus A. Anderson from South Africa. He is on the ship for 8 weeks and then at home for 8 weeks. They served the best salmon we've ever had. | Coming in to Vancouver on our last day - July 8, 2011 | July 8, 2011 | Vancouver, Canada