2007 3 weeks in Alaska [view photos]
8/25 Sa Flew to Vancouver, walked around Stanley Park; overnight at Buchan Hotel.
8/26 Su    Walked around Vancouver and ferried to Island Market, then boarded HAL Statendam, Cabin B174 (7 nights).
8/27 M     Statendam at sea along British Columbia.
8/28 Tu    Statendam to Ketchikan. Morning (booked on own): Traitor's Cove Bear/Salmon Watching via Island Wings floatplane to Revillagegedo Island (Tongass National Forest); landed in Margarite Lake, walked to observatory platform over Margarite Creek (Traitor's Cove blind) to view bears fishing for salmon.
8/29 W   Statendam to Juneau. Morning (booked on own): Temsco helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier for dog sledding on glacier. Afternoon: Lorraine took Captain Larry's Orca Odyssey whale watching trip while David walked around Juneau and took local bus to base of Mendenhall Glacier.
8/30 Th     Statendam to Skagway. Walked around town and out to Yakutania Point for views; took National Park Service historic district walking tour. Afternoon (booked through HAL): Glacier Point Wilderness Safari (bus to catamaran boat to Glacier Point; boarded canoes and paddled to Davidson Glacier).
8/31 F  Statendam through Glacier Bay.
9/1 Sa  Statendam through College Fjord.
 9/2 Su     Disembarked at Seward, walked around town. Lorraine took Renown catamaran boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park while David hiked up Mount Marathon. Overnight at Murphy's Motel.
9/3 M     Walked around Seward, visited Alaska Sealife Center. Rented car and drove to Exit Glacier. Continued to Homer via Seward and Sterling Highways, stopping in Ninilchik. Lodging: Alaskan Suites cabin outside Homer, overlooking Katchemak Bay (3 nights).
9/4 Tu  Walked around Homer and along Homer Spit beach, Cannery Row boardwalk. Visited Carl Wynn Nature Center and hiked part of Homestead Trail.
9/5 W  Visited Pratt Museum; walked around Beluga Slough, Anchor Point, Nikolaevsk; hiked the rest of Homestead Trail.
9/6 Th    Drove north on Sterling Highway, stopping at Anchor River State Rec Area, Russian River near Cooper Landing, Kenai Lake, Tern Lake, Six Mile Creek. Visited Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and drove along Turnagain Arm before reaching Anchorage. Lodging: Inlet Tower Hotel (2 nights).
9/7 F   Walked around Anchorage, visited Alaska Native Heritage Center. Walked along Tony Knowles Trail.
9/8 Sa     Visited Anchorage Saturday Market, then drove north along Parks Highway to Talkeetna (lunch at Roadhouse Cafe) and to Denali National Park. Lodging: McKinley Creekside Cabins (3 nights).
9/9 Su    Denali National Park's shuttle bus to Fish Creek, getting off at Tolkat and Polychrome Pass to hike through taiga. Hiked on Three Lakes Trail.
9/10 M     Denali National Park, including Meadow View hike and views of Mt. McKinley.
9/11 T    Hiked Rock Creek Trail in Denali NP. Drove to Fairbanks, stopping in Nenana. Walked around Fairbanks, visited Ice Museum. Lodging: A Taste of Alaska Lodge (2 nights).
9/12 W     Walked around Creamers Field, visited Museum of the North.
9/13 Th   Flew home.
 

 

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