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Aug 21, 2018 - Whittier -Prince William Sound

Very dreary day today, extremely wet and misty. Only one way to get to Whittier, through the Anton Anderson Memorial tunnel, a 2.5 mile one lane tunnel for trains, cars, buses, etc. Seats on the Phillips cruises and tours 26 glaciers are allocated based on when you booked; since we booked in February, we got front row seats!! Like being in first class! We got a cooked lunch onboard, salmon chowder for Brian, chilli vege soup for me. Quite delicious.I also had a Klondike cocoa which had a shot of whiskey and Irish cream. And of course...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Whittier and Glacier Tour

We left Seward in the morning and drove to Whittier for a 5 hour Glacier Boat Tour. As you come into Whittier, you go through a 2 1/2 mile toll tunnel that is also a railroad tunnel. The tunnel is timed in 15 minute segments for vehicles east, vehicles west, trains east and trains west. Pretty neat. The tunnel was built in the war years as an access point. Before that, Whittier was only accessible by boat. The tour of the glaciers was in the west side of Prince William Sound. The boat was warm and cozy and they served a great salmon chowder...

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Jul 18, 2018 - Whittier and the Island Princess

After another tasty breakfast at the beautiful Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, we packed up our gear for a bus ride from Kenai to Whittier which is where the second half our vacation began aboard the Island Princess cruise ship. On the way to Whittier, we passed through a tunnel that is an engineering marvel. The town of Whittier is accessible by boat, plane, train or motor vehicle. The trains and motor vehicles share a one lane tunnel called the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel – named after Anton Anderson who was the chief engineer for...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Travel to Whittier

We went back out to beach at Anchor Point and as we crossed the Anchor River an eagle caught a fish and promptly set on the rock and ate it. There was a lot of boat launch activity at the beach and I took some photos launching a boat with the tide out. I didn’t upload them, but have them. We went to Sunday school, church and fellowship dinner at the Nazarene church at Anchor Point. This was a highlight of the day. We retraced our route as we traveled toward Whittier. There was a lot af fishing activity and traffic along Cooper Landing....

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Jun 13, 2018 - Sail Away

Yesterday was a nice relaxing day, with some exploring around Anchorage. Since we just have to find airplanes, we drove around Lake Hood at the sea plane base but only saw one float plane landing, and then we found a road that ran around the perimeter of Anchorage International and watched a few airplanes land and depart. Today we sail away from Whittier, AK on the Coral Princess. For the next 7 days we are in luxury compared to our 31 days on the road in the RV. Glamping in the RV is really camping in luxury compared to those who were in...

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Alaska 2018

Jul 6, 2017 - Visiting Whittier

We went to Whittier today, through a 2.5 mile tunnel under the mountain It was originally built for trains then added the autos later. Whittier is mostly about glacier cruises or sea animal viewing, boat excursions, kayaking, fishing trips. We walked around the shops for about an hour and a half enjoying the amazing glacier views. This is an interesting site to learn about Whittier, Alaska.

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Feb 6, 2017 - Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier was pretty sweet, but a long hike. we hiked on the lake for about 3.5 miles before we got to the turn and there it was, about another half mile away. So we finished the hike all the way to the base of the glacier. About 50 years ago the lake was not even there and the glacier was up to the visitor center where we started the hike. Damn Global Warming!!!

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Jul 17, 2016 - Whittier, Alaska

Whittier, Alaska The town of Whittier is nearly surrounded by mountains and is on the edge of the beautiful Prince William Sound. Until June 2000, the only way to get there was by boat or railroad. The railroad tunnel was very important during World War Two when Alaska was attacked by the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands at Dutch Harbor. Whittier was also an important location during the Cold War because it is close to Russia. In 2000 the 2.5 mile tunnel was converted to accommodate automobile traffic, and we decided to go to this lovely...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - Whittier for church

Karen was trying to find a church for services this morning but without the internet or phone service making connections is pretty hard. We drove around a long way out of our way before she got to talk to someone to find out we were headed the wrong direction. Ha. We got turned around and back to the tunnel at Whittier for the wait to go through. This is a one lane tunnel with both directions of traffic of both highway vehicles and rail road traffic using it. So you have to take turns. Made it to church on time. We found a nice little...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Alaska Wildlife Center

Karen wanted to go to the Alaskan Wildlife Center today and we did. It was pretty interesting after all, all the animals there were injured or ill or some other problem with them. Some of them will be reintroduced but most will live out there days there at the center. It was dusty and windy there today but there were throngs of people there. They have several hundred acres and enough room for the bison and other larger animals to roam and not be crowded. At the campground we are staying at we have no hookups at the site but there are a...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Yesterday afternoon we stopped by the pier where the fishing boats come in to see what kind of fish they were cleaning. It was halibut and red fish(?). That red fish was an ugly bugger, I don't want to even eat any of that. We went back home for our own happy hour while Karen was on whale watch duty at Cook Inlet. Homer is said to be the halibut capital of the world. We traveled north and wanted to stay somewhere near a wildlife rehab place that we wanted to go to. This had us at the forest service campground which was full. The host gave...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Whittier and Portage Pass

Hello everyone!! Back to WIfi and cell service after being without for 48 hours. We just arrived at Homer in the Kenai Pennisula. Our camp ground faces the ocean. Nice views. It's been gloomy and rainy, but even so, the scenery is spectacular. We will relax and explore Homer tomorrow. Halibut fishing on Friday! Below are the past few days when I couldn't get Wifi or cell service to send a blog. I do put things in paragraphs, but the trip journal runs it all together when I send it to y'all. We left Anchorage headed to Portage Pass and...

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