Posts Tagged Alaska

Train to Denali

The seven hour train ride from Anchorage to Denali was an endless string of incredibly beautiful vistas: forests, mountains and mountain meadows, rivers and lakes, beaver dams. With all the wonderful scenery and breakfast and lunch service the hours passed very quickly,

On the train to Denali

On the train to Denali

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Busy Day

We were up early for a 7:25 flight to Anchorage. The afternoon featured a leisurely van tour up to the Mount Alyeska Tram near Girdwood followed by very yummy lunch at The Bake Shop. Finally, we visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where we got great up-close views of moose, bear, fox, eagles, etc., all being rehabilitated at the Center. A very scrumptious dinner was had at Simon & Seafort’s.

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Grizzly

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Fox

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Thrilling Day

Yesterday’s views of glaciers from a boat were very cool. But today, we did a helicopter tour that included landing on a glacier. Very impressive. Seeing the glaciers from the water and from the air is breathtaking; actually walking on them, touching the melting water is something else. Truly remarkable.

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Approaching Taku Glacier. Thirty-six miles long and at 4,800 feet, the thickest glacier in the world.

Taku Glacier

Taku Glacier

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Norris Glacier

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Tracy Arm Fjord

Our trip really began today with a day-long journey out of Juneau to Tracy Arm Fjord where we saw several glaciers and a variety of wildlife: whales, eagles, seals, sea birds, et al.

In front of Sawyer Glacier

In front of Sawyer Glacier

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Seals

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Juneau

The first small leg of our trip went very smoothly. Landed in Juneau early in the afternoon, picked up our rental car and spent a couple of hours at the Mendenhall glacier just a few miles north of the airport. The weather, however, is a bit of a shock: it’s about 82 degrees. For dinner, we took the Mt. Roberts Tram and ate with a lovely  view of the Juneau harbor.

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Finally On to Alaska

Gee… We began planning this trip just after Christmas. Way too much lead time even for an obsessive type like me. We leave for the airport in a couple of hours and expect to be at the foot of the Mendenhall Glacier by mid afternoon.

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Off to Alaska

We just made a deposit on a full week trip to Alaska in June.

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Two days in Juneau, three days in Anchorage and two days in Denali. We’ll travel by seaplane, rubber boat, jeep, bus, catamaran, small cruise ship, rental car and train. It should be an adventure.

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