A 26 Glacier Cruise

In order to get to the port city of Whittier that sits on the Prince William Sound, we had to cross through Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.  With a length of 2.5 miles, it’s the longest highway tunnel in North America and the first designed for -40 Fahrenheit temperatures and 150 mph winds.  The one lane…

Up close with Bullwinkle

Moose are the largest member of the deer family and the Alaskan subspecies is the largest of them all with adult males reaching 1,600 pounds.  They are easy to distinguish from their animal relatives by their massive racks of antlers that they reproduce every summer.  Usually solitary, we unexpectedly crossed paths with a couple of…

Salmon runs

Named after the Secretary of State who fought for and negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia, Seward is a pleasant and picturesque town on the Kenai Peninsula.  It also marks Mile 0 of the historic Iditarod Trail and is one of the most lucrative fisheries port in the country.  Throughout the peninsula we’ve come…

Exit Glacier

Our first experience seeing blue glacier ice up close was at the Kenai Fjords National Park a bit outside of Seward.  The Exit Glacier is notable for being a drive up glacier that’s separated by just a short, paved, accessible hike from the parking lot outside the visitor’s center.  It’s a small glacier, relatively speaking,…

The end of the road

We had heard good things about Homer before we arrived but after spending a couple of overcast days on the “Spit”, we were ready to move on.  It might have been because of the gloomy weather but more than likely, the seemingly overdeveloped tourist sector in the tiny town made things feel a little artificial. …