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  • Day16


    September 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    What a way to start the day - breakfast in a brothel. 😳
    The famous Red Onion Saloon in Skagway put on a basic breakfast, while we had breakfast the girls did some story telling of what life was like in the 1890’s. This was followed by a tour of the establishment.
    There’s original wallpaper from 1898. The story goes that every working girl chose the wallpaper for their room, so every time a new girl started another layer of paper was added. One sample of wallpaper was really thick.... turn over was high 😉

    What makes today fabulous is the sun is out and it’s gorgeous. 🌞🌞

    After breakfast we’re on a driving tour of the town - a whole 6 blocks. We stop at the Museum then the gold rush Cemetery. A brisk walk up to Reid Falls was worth it (mind you I wasn’t saying that on the way up the track 🥴). We then drive up to the lookout - wow, it’s magnificent.

    We drive past all the colour coded churches & bars. Most people were illiterate back in the day so buildings were colour coded to help guide residence & visitors.

    We then decide to stay in town so we can walk around in the gloriously sunshine & take some touristy photos. The buildings are maintained and look awesome and there’s a snow blowing train that is still capable of working. Lots of shops and you have to work out which ones aren’t owned by the cruise ships, we prefer to support the locals directly.

    We track down the Westmark Inn, this was called the Klondike Hotel - where dad stayed in ‘77. A complete refurbishment happened 4 years ago so apart from the facade everything has changed.

    There’s no chemist, no hospital & no doctor- basically the locals don’t get sick otherwise it’s a long and exorbitant costing trip to get help. Newspapers are flown in and arrive in the afternoon.

    We’ve visited all the cross itinerary places now. 💖

    Back on the boat for a late lunch and an arvo nap 😴
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  • Day17

    Glacier Bay

    September 15 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Spectacular ridge lines and glaring sunshine is is all we can see this morning.
    We’re cruising slowly through the magnificent Glacier Bay. I’m out on the verandah enjoying the stunning sunshine pondering..... actually I’m just sitting back taking it all in.

    I’ve just seen a couple of killer whales breach the water just as the “First Nations people” are drumming and singing... I can’t see them just hear them in the distance. The air is crisp and the day is glorious - it’s a wonderful experience to treasure.
    Glacier Bay is breathtaking
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  • Day15

    North to Akaska

    September 13 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    The internet is very hit and miss so we can only cross our fingers that the posts update properly.

    It’s very quiet onboard, I’m told there’s only 1,300 people aboard, capacity for the ship is 1,432. It’s a small cruise ship compared to the others.

    We’re due to dock in Juneau early this afternoon. We’ll take a wander around then we’re booked in for the Salmon Bake @ 5pm. All you can eat Salmon, Lachlan’s very excited.

    But before all the lovely Salmon we listen to the cruise director talk about Skagway History - Dreamers, Schemers & Stampeders. Facinating history this little state has. I love they way they refer to the other US states as “the lower 48”.

    We’ve had a light lunch and decide to disembark the Ship....WOW, it’s raining bears & moose’s- we wait 20 minutes and it’s clear enough to venture out. Mums all dressed up like red riding hood.
    It’s worse than Melbourne - almost terrestrial rain then it stops for 5 minutes then down it comes again with gusty winds too boot.....
    We do a little souvenir shopping then decide this is crazy & head back to the ship.
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  • Day18


    September 16 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    As expected it’s raining in Ketchikan, oh and a little chilly. We docked at 10am so a leisurely breakfast before we rug up and disembark.
    We’ve booked to see the Lumberjack show. So once we avoid all the puddles and rain we make it to the venue. The show is very entertaining and has us in stitches. There’s hundreds of people in the bleaches so we wait for them to disperse before we leave. Mum starts to chat to the compare and drops the name - Jack O’Toole. For those playing along at home Jack is the Australian champion woodchopper from the 60’s & his son & grandson are champions as well. Jack was Mums Mums cousin....
    Anyway all the Lumberjacks came running over to meet mum because Jack O’Toole’s relative from Australia has come to see their show.
    These men were excited, one even hugged mum he was so excited. They all wanted a photo with mum, YOHO.
    One young man was from Tamworth and was overwhelmed because there was someone from Australia with logging history talking to him.... I’d say he was a little home sick.

    We leave and head down to Creek Street, the famous houses on stilts. There’s too many tourists so we have a quick look then head to the local cafe. I’d looked the cafe up earlier and thought how appropriate and we’ll have to make time to go.
    Pioneer Cafe is significant on two counts in my eyes
    1. It’s a traditional diner and there’s not many of them left
    2. Dad worked for Ansett Pioneer so the last hoora before our trip ends.

    Lachlan can’t get over the fact that the drinks keep getting topped up and it doesn’t cost extra. Tea, coffee & soft drinks that are bottomless.... 😳
    Mum orders “Shrimp & French Fries”. Lachlan an “Alaska Burger & French Fries” & I get a cheese burger with mushrooms & a side of fries. Lachlan’s burger is nearly as big as his head and did an awesome job at eating it. The staff smile every time they walk past. I don’t think they thought he’d finish it.
    We start to wander back to the ship and surprise, surprise the heavens open up. We’d had enough of the tourist shops so the quicker we get back the better. We’re a little wet and one umbrella didn’t survive the wind so that’s been donated to the local rubbish bin.
    Back on the ship to dry out and relax. We sail this afternoon & tomorrow then disembark the day after. Enjoying every moment of this trip.

    Wonder what the poor people are doing 💙
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  • Day11

    wilderness camp to McCarthy

    August 8 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Day 9-10 - McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park ( 8th Aug 2019 to 9th Aug 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today we will head back downstream from our wilderness camp to rejoin our bus. We will then drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights,
    glacier walks and ice climbing. In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite. Explore the stunning mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on various trekking (USD 80). Take a breathtaking scenic flight around Wrangell-St Elias National Park, its
    mountains, glaciers and icefalls (USD 120). Head out onto the Root Glacier for a day of ice-trekking and ice-climbing (USD 125). Take a guided tour of the historic mill town of Kennicott, frozen in time from when it was abandoned in 1938 (USD 30). Take a kayaking trip to the base of Kennicott Glacier, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Blackburn and the Stairway Icefall (USD 95)

    Morgens wollten wir mit einem Paddelboot zwei Stunden zurück nach ”Mc Laren River lodge” paddeln. Aber nachdem uns gesagt wurde, was da alles unterwegs passieren kann, sind wir doch wieder mit dem Motorboot zurück. Einige mußten tatsächlich ihr Paddelboot verlassen und in dem eiskalten Wasser das Boot wieder manövrierfähig machen. Das wollten wir uns nicht zumuten, zumal meine einzigen Ersatzschuhe immer noch feucht sind. Gegen 10:30 sind wir dann mit “Betsy” (unser Schulbus) zum nächsten Ziel gefahren. Unterwegs haben wir erneut für zwei Tage eingekauft.

    Gegen 18:00 sind wir in McCarthy angekommen und haben unsere Zelte in Sichtweise eines gigantischen Gletschers aufgeschlagen.

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  • Day7

    Seward to Denali National Park

    August 4 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Day 4-6 - Denali National Park ( 3rd Aug 2019 to 5th Aug 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today we will drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. On the following day we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the Eielson Visitor Centre, where we will be able to explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and
    wildlife viewing opportunities. On the following day we will have a free day to further explore the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite. Explore Denali National
    Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities (Included in Kitty). Head on an excellent white-water rafting trip on the Nenana River in Denali National Park (USD 100). Head on a 2-hour scenic flight around the glaciers and mountains of Denali National Park, including unparalleled views of Denali,
    North America's highest mountain (USD 500). Head out for a fun quad-biking trip through Denali National Park (USD 115). Take a mountain biking tour around the trails and old mining roads of Denali National Park, getting wonderful views of the Alaskan wilderness (USD 57)

    Der knapp 20.000 km² große Denali-Nationalpark (englisch Denali National Park and Preserve) befindet sich in Zentralalaska (USA). Der Name leitet sich vom indianischen Namen Denali (der Hohe) für den mit 6190 Metern höchsten Berg Nordamerikas ab, um den herum der Nationalpark errichtet wurde.

    Um 08:00 sind wir in Seward bei gutem Wetter losgefahren. Mittags haben wir in Anchorage bei “Fred Meyer” Proviant für 3 Tage gekauft. Die Preise für Lebensmittel sind gefühlt doppelt so hoch, wie in Deutschland. Frischware im Supermarkt ist eher die Ausnahme statt die Regel. Plastik wo man hinschaut. Gegen 17:30 haben wir den Denali (Mt. Mac Kinsey) leider wolkenverdeckt auf der linken Seite. Im schlimmsten Fall bekommen wir den gigantischen Berg während unserer Zeit nicht zu sehen und ich muß mich mit den sensationellen Aussichten beim Landeanflug begnügen.

    Um 18:00 fängt es an zu regnen. Das kann heiter mit Zelten werden. Die Bilder 5-6 geben einen Geschmack, wie es bei gutem Wetter hier aussehen könnte.

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  • Day14


    August 21 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Here in the centre are Horned and Tufted Puffins, 2 of the 3 species of Puffin. A small bird, they dive for their food and are very fast underwater. They live in huge colonies along the edge of cliffs.

  • Day4

    Anchorage to Seward, Kenai Fjords NP

    August 1 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Day 2-3 - Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park ( 1st Aug 2019 to 2nd Aug 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today our journey begins with a short drive to the town of Seward. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours
    that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the
    best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day you will have free time to explore Seward and take part in
    optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park. In Seward we will camp near the shore. Head on a 6-hour boat trip in the Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing the abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, rugged fjords and breathtaking
    scenery (USD 154). Trek along one of the challenging alpine trails in the mountains
    surrounding Seward (Free). Visit the massive Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the largest and most accessible glaciers in Alaska (Free). Kayak out along the rugged Alaskan coastline near Seward (USD 68).

    Seward ist eine Stadt an der Resurrection Bay im US-Bundesstaat Alaska. Sie liegt im Kenai Peninsula Borough. Die Stadt hat rund 3000 Einwohner, wird aber im Sommer von vielen Touristen besucht.

    Auf unserem Weg nach Seward haben wir das “Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center” besucht. Gegen 18:00 sind wir an der “Lowell Point State Recriation Site” angekommen und haben unsere Zelte für 2 Nächte aufgeschlagen. Die Natur ist hier überwältigend - der camp ground eher funktionell.

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  • Day9

    Ketchikan - Early Morning Arrival

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    An early morning arrival sailing through the Tongass Narrows to the Salmon capitol of Alaska. This town is very seasonal with the main industries of fishing and tourism. There are big canneries here for the salmon.
    Ketchikan is on a rocky island and hosts several cruise ships each day. Today we are berthed at a sea mooring and tender into the dock.Read more

  • Day9

    Fish Creek, Ketchikan

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We follow the path through town, through Whale Park and following the Married Man's Trail along Fish Creek. Just like the name suggests, this is a salmon spawning river with a salmon ladder to assist the fish over a small waterfall. The river is teeming with salmon who will all ultimately die after spawning.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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