Brown Bears Hunting Salmon at Brooks Falls Alaska

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It’s Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park. The brown bears are matched against each other in a “march madness” style competition and online visitors can vote who is ultimately crowned the Fat Bear Week 2021 Champion. In honor of Fat Bear Week, we are reposting our July 2011 blog of when we spent hours [Read more …]

Mendenhall Glacier

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Getting to Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau The Mendenhall Glacier is about 13 miles from downtown Juneau Alaska. You can reach it in various ways from Juneau: Taxi. While we thought this would be a reasonable cost, it ended up being expensive as taxis need a special permit to drop people at the glacier. They charge [Read more …]

Exploring Juneau Alaska

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We ended a 7 day 8-night boat cruise through the Alaska Inner Waterways by disembarking in Juneau. We were last in Juneau in 2011 when we: Explored the downtown area in-depth (and when Juneau has more tourists) Learned more about salmon and Took some day trips from Juneau. This trip was a slightly different experience [Read more …]

An Alaskan Itinerary

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Cruising Alaska We normally are not big fans of taking cruises. But sometimes it is the best way to see an area. We did our last trip in 2011 to Alaska through a combination of flights and boat day tours. This time we wanted to spend more time on the water and not in the [Read more …]

Guide to Skagway Alaska

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Getting to Skagway While we were in Alaska, we wanted to visit the Gold Rush city of Skagway, a place we had visited on our first trip to Alaska eons ago. One can get there by water or air. We took a short (45 minute), very scenic flight in a 6-seat plane from Juneau. We [Read more …]

Alaska Cruise Day 5 and 6 – Glacier Bay

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On the fifth and sixth full days of our Alaskan cruise on the Admiralty Dream from Alaska Dream Cruises, we went to one of our favorite Alaska destinations: Glacier Bay. We were last there in 2011 when we took a small plane to Glacier Bay National Park, where we stayed overnight at the Glacier Bay [Read more …]

Alaska Cruise–Day 4: Taku Harbor

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On the fourth full day of our Alaskan cruise on the Admiralty Dream from Alaska Dream Cruises, we spent most of the day at Taku Harbor. Canning Salmon Taku Harbor is a natural bowl-shaped harbor that was a seasonal Tlingit Village. The Tlingits are indigenous people who settled in Alaska thousands of years ago. But [Read more …]

Alaska Cruise Day 3 - Thomas Bay and Frederick Sound

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Thomas Bay On the third full day of our Alaskan cruise on the Admiralty Dream from Alaska Dream Cruises, we woke up in Thomas Bay. This small inlet is off of the Frederick Sound and is the site of a state park. Cascade Creek Trail After anchoring, we took a zodiac to stretch out our [Read more …]

Alaska Cruise Day 2 – Tracy Arm

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On the second full day of our Alaskan cruise on the Admiralty Dream from Alaska Dream Cruises, we entered Tracy Arm at about 5:30 AM. To us, this is one of the highlights of any trip to southeast Alaska. In fact, it was one of the highlights of all three of our trips to Alaska. [Read more …]

Alaska Cruise Day 1– Chatham Strait and Red Bluff Bay

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We are on the first full day of our Alaskan cruise on the Admiralty Dream from Alaska Dream Cruises. Waterfall Coast The previous evening, after boarding, our ship went “under sail”. It took us from Sitka to a remote section of Alaska’s Inside Passage wilderness: the Frederick Sound. We went around to the inland side [Read more …]