Alaska

Late Season Departure from Vancouver

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014

 
 

I’ve taken many cruises to Alaska in the past, but this year I decided to take a late-season, round-trip sailing from Vancouver, partly to see if things are different in September.  Things were a bit different but I still very much enjoyed my week aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun.  At the outset, I’d be…

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Exploring the Gateway to the Yukon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014

 
 

Having been to all of the featured ports (and having experienced all their major attractions) on this itinerary previously, I felt that this trip more closely resembled reuniting with old friends rather than making new ones, and a very comfortable, leisurely way to vacation.  Consequently, numerous past visits to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, had fully…

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What can one say about Glacier Bay? This incredible wilderness of ice and mountains is not only one of Alaska’s premier natural attractions, but also a World Heritage Site.  Happily, the sun made appearances in the morning and frequently during the day, while low-hanging clouds added to the park’s mystique. Moderate temperatures also brought most…

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Inside Passage Southbound

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014

 
 

Happily, the poor weather we’d experienced on the northbound trip did not make a return as we cruised towards Vancouver. The sky-blue waters, snowcapped peaks, dense forests and picturesque British Columbia villages that make the “Inside Passage” special were on full view today for all to enjoy. Disembarking in Vancouver at the Canada Place Pier…

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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…