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In my eight years of professional travel I’ve been compiling a list of places that every American should visit. The list is full of big-name destinations: The Grand Canyon, Washington D.C. and New York City come to mind. Today, I added another must-see spot: Kenai Fjords National Park. We arrived this morning in Seward, a…

 

Rafting on the Kenai River

Posted by Brian Jewell in Alaska on July 13, 2011

 
 

Glaciers have made quite a mark on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, carving out many of the mountain passes and rocky formations that make this area so scenic. But these behemoths of ice aren’t just a thing of the past; dozens of glaciers linger in the mountinas around here, and their melting run-off trickles down into the…

 

A hike to remember

Posted by Brian Jewell in Alaska on July 12, 2011

 
 

Sometimes I do my best thinking while hiking down a mountain. It’s a cloudy day atop Mt. Alyeska, a ski area about an hour’s drive south of Anchorage. Now in mid-summer, there is no skiing, as the temperatures hover around 60 degrees. Instead, Alyeska turns into a nature lovers paradise, with many miles of hiking…

 
 

Ford’s Terror  in southeast Alaska doesn’t terrify many people.  Maybe a few small boaters and kayakers.  But not many others–and certainly not many cruise passengers.  Dawes Glacier and the several miles of ice-strewn depths it leaves in its wake also doesn’t scare many folks up here, either.  Maybe a few scientists or geologists.  Both give…

 
 
 

  It’s morning –about 5:30– and I’m one of a few passengers and crew who are up.  We’re moored on Sanford Cove off Endicott Arm, several hours of cruise time outside Juneau, Alaska.  The sky is cloudless, the water is still.  We’re surrounded by mountains.  Literally.  In every direction you look there are mountains, most…

 
 

  Tenakee Springs is a remote village on the Tenakee Inlet off the Chatham Strait that dates to the late 1800s and is inaccessible except by boat or plane.  During the summer months, about 100 people reside there, many who live the rest of the year in Juneau.  There is a small marina where a…

 

Raptors Soar Again in Sitka

Posted by Mac Lacy in Alaska, Cruising on July 02, 2009

 
 

  The Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka treats various types of raptors that exist–eagles, ospreys, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, etc.  But it seems it’s the eagles that most people are drawn to.  Magnificent birds, their white heads, piercing eyes and  stern personna give them a star quality few other animals can match.  Of course, It…