Alaska Cruise Day 1– Chatham Strait and Red Bluff Bay

Admiralty Dream Boat

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 …]

Sitka Alaska

Sitka Saint Michael

This is our third trip to Alaska. We first visited Alaska in 1980. As budget-minded tourists, we used the Alaskan ferry system to travel around to the various areas we wanted to visit. Our second visit was in 2011 where we revisited some favorite spots as well as some new ones. Travel Itinerary: The Alaskan [Read more …]

Brown Bears Hunting Salmon at Brooks Falls Alaska

Bears catching salmon at top of Brooks Falls

As we continue to restrict our travel due to COVID, we are taking a look at (and reliving while updating) some of our most memorable trips. This blog was originally posted in July 2011. Hunting Bears Hunting Salmon Most people who have any interest in bears, wildlife, or Alaska have seen the classic pictures of [Read more …]

The Alaskan Coast in 11 Incredible Days

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We first went to Alaska in 1982 and swore we would return. Unfortunately, it took us 27 years to do so. This post provides: An overview of the highlights of the trip; The itinerary we used to pack as many experiences as possible into it; and Links to the posts that fully describe and give [Read more …]

Juneau Downtown Experience

While our trip to Juneau was broken up by a trip to Glacier Bay, we ended up with the equivalent of 2.5 days and three nights in the city. As always, we tried to make every minute counts. Some of the highlights of our time in Juneau included: Walks around and learning the history of [Read more …]

Juneau Salmon Experience

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Salmon is a reoccurring theme in Alaska. We fished for salmon in Homer, watched real anglers prepare for a week of “combat” salmon fishing in the wilds of the Kenai Peninsula, watched bears stalk and devour salmon at Brooks Camp on the Katmai Peninsula. And we ate enough salmon—grilled, broiled, pan-fried, hot smoked, cold smoked, [Read more …]

A Day at Alyeska

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We left Anchorage mid-morning for a leisurely drive down Route 1, an beautiful scenic route that goes along the coat of Turnagain Arm, which separated us from a parade of glaciated mountains. We were so enthralled with the scenery that we drove straight past the turn for the reconstructed town of Girdwood, which was relocated [Read more …]

Juneau Nature Excursions

Our previous blog on Juneau downtown, mentioned two out-of-town trips: a day trip down the incredibly beautiful Tracy Arm fjord and a shorter trip to the city’s primary nature destination, the Mendenhall Glacier. This blog discusses our trips to each. Tracy Arm Cruise We took a ten-hour Tracy Arm cruise with Adventure Bound Alaska. What [Read more …]

A Return to Glacier Bay

We visited Glacier Bay National Park once before, 27 years ago, to be precise. That visit produced indelible memories of steep fjord walls, iceberg-clogged channels, close-up views of beautiful, blue-white tidewater glaciers, and especially the spectacle of calving—where what began as dull rumbles, turn into sharp cracks, loud roars, and visions of huge chunks of [Read more …]

Visiting the Brooks Camp Bears

Most people who have any interest in bears, wildlife, or Alaska have seen the classic pictures of bears. They stand atop of walls in a waterfall, with mouths wide open, waiting patiently for salmon to fly into their mouths. Although you may not have known exactly where the pictures were taken, the location was probably [Read more …]