Posted by Sas on July 3, 2015
Wow! I’ve done soooo much since I last posted. We’ve been making our way across Alaska, where most of our stops have limited internet access hence me not posting. It’s taken me a whole day and over 5 attempts to upload these photos!
We left Valdez and headed into Wrangell St Elias national park, probably everyone’s favourite place on the trip. We stayed in a town called McCarthy (year-round population 25-40, depending on who you ask). It is such a cool place, and I think we are really privileged to have stayed there because not many people get to.
I joined in with the weekly softball game (by the way, I was the only person from my group who played)…
Whilst in the national park, I did an amazing glacier walk on crampons…
I went on a tour of the copper mill in Kennecott…
And I also took a flightseeing tour so I could see the glaciers and icefield from above…
Unfortunately, once we arrived in Denali national park the good weather I’ve had for the past three weeks left and we haven’t been able to see much. I was hoping to at least see part of Mt McKinley/Denali, but even the mountains in front of it weren’t visible.
Our eight hours sat on the bus through Denali national park weren’t completely wasted, though. We saw a brown bear, caribou and more moose. So, even though I didn’t get to see the mountain, I’ve ticked off my list all the wildlife that I wanted to.
We’re driving back to Anchorage tomorrow, then I have to fly back to the UK on the weekend :( I’ve got lots more photos to share with you all, so keep checking in for further posts.
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Posted by Sas on June 26, 2015
Visited yet another awesome glacier today. We also hiked to a lovely reservoir and stopped by one of the best waterfalls in the area.
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Posted by Sas on June 23, 2015
Today we hiked up to this glacier lake, where there were lots of icebergs…
We caught the boat tax over to an island, and we also met Tugger the boat dog.
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Posted by Sas on June 22, 2015
Met up with my group from G Adventures last night, and we’ve just arrived in Homer AK. This is the view from the cabin where I will be staying the next two nights, and tomorrow I’m hiking to the bottom of the glacier you can see in the photo.
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Posted by Sas on June 21, 2015
I took this photo at midnight last night (summer solstice), although the previous two nights were actually a lot brighter. The sun hasn’t completely gone down since I’ve been here in Anchorage.
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Posted by Sas on June 20, 2015
I spent the day in Anchorage AK today. There’s not a whole lot to see here.
The trolley tour of the city takes an hour, the highlights of which are Earthquake Park and the boatplanes. If you’re thinking of moving up here and buying a boatplane, though, don’t rush. There’s a 10 to 15 year waiting list!
Before the earthquake, this land continued at the same level. There used to be a whole neighbourhood built here, most of which ended up in the water…
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Posted by Sas on June 19, 2015
Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the updates from the past few days. My trip is going well, but I’ve been in Haines AK where wi-fi is sketchy at best. I have now arrived in Anchorage, where the sun is shining and the temperature is still warm at 10.30pm.
Here’s what I’ve been up to since I left the ferry…
I arrived in Haines, a tiny but friendly town, where I chilled out and explored for a couple of days. There is some incredible art there, both Native and western. I got to see two bald eagles up close at the Bald Eagle Foundation. That was where I also met Merlin the hawk. And, Haines is also home to the world’s largest hammer museum (although I can’t imagine it has much competition).
Yesterday (Wednesday) was a bit of a disappointment. I caught the fast ferry to Skagway to go on the White Pass and Yukon railroad, as I had been told by the excursion company that I could travel into The Yukon. It was only after I got on the train that I discovered that excursion barely goes into British Columbia. It is a beautiful train journey, but I wouldn’t have paid what I did for it had I known I wasn’t going into The Yukon. Skagway wasn’t my cup of tea, either. Me and 10,000 cruise ship passengers rammed into a tiny little town. No thanks. And apparently that’s not a busy day for Skagway. There were four ships in when I got there, someone told me they have room for one more!
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Posted by Sas on June 12, 2015
This week’s photo challenge is perfect for me.
For many years, when I was working seasons, I didn’t have an off-season. I would go wherever the people and the work were. However, I would still experience the off-season in my hometown of Blackpool when I returned to visit.
Due to the Illuminations, we have an unusually long season in Blackpool. Once the tourists do leave, the locals come out to play (albeit it in extra layers to keep warm). If you look closely, you can see snow on the fells in the background of this shot.
Click here to take part in this week’s Photo Challenge.
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