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Old 12-18-2012   #16 (permalink)
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More bears (okay, more shots of the same sow & cub..........) enjoy!



















Up next - leaving Kodiak & heading for Prince William Sound.
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I love this TR. I look forward to each addition. Just awesome scenery.

Or I should say, your photos are awesome. Thank you.
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I love the Aerial shots of Kodiak, I recognize several areas from seeing them from the water.
The bear shots remind me of an interesting night the first time I pulled into Kodiak. We were enjoying some adult beverages at the Golden Anchor on the Coast Guard base, when at closing time we decided it would be a good idea to cut through the woods to our Cutter instead of taking the long way around the road. We saw the cub, but never saw Mama Bear, just heard her, and thankfully we were smart enough to respect her warning. One of the guys had been stationed on the Island beforehand and told us to just stand still. We heard them leaving and we then reversed course. Interesting introduction to Kodiak and I never took the short-cut again.
Thanks for sharing your pictures. You're an excellent photographer.
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I love this TR. I look forward to each addition. Just awesome scenery.

Or I should say, your photos are awesome. Thank you.
Thanks! A few more to come.....
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I love the Aerial shots of Kodiak, I recognize several areas from seeing them from the water.
The bear shots remind me of an interesting night the first time I pulled into Kodiak. We were enjoying some adult beverages at the Golden Anchor on the Coast Guard base, when at closing time we decided it would be a good idea to cut through the woods to our Cutter instead of taking the long way around the road. We saw the cub, but never saw Mama Bear, just heard her, and thankfully we were smart enough to respect her warning. One of the guys had been stationed on the Island beforehand and told us to just stand still. We heard them leaving and we then reversed course. Interesting introduction to Kodiak and I never took the short-cut again.
Thanks for sharing your pictures. You're an excellent photographer.
You're lucky mama let you off with a warning! Getting too close to a cub is often a fatal mistake!

Thanks very much for your kind comments on the photos. Much appreciated!
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Kodiak was difficult to say goodbye to. I was fortunate enough to have decent weather all three days of my stay there and found it breathtakingly beautiful, and the people extremely friendly.

Before boarding the Tustumena for the overnight trip back to Homer, I drove up Pillar Mountain, immediately behind the town, and captured these shots:




Later in the afternoon, it was time to board the ferry and say my farewell to Kodiak Island:




The ferry arrived at Homer at around 7:00 am in the pouring rain. I drove back up the Sterling Highway and back up the side road to Portage Lake, which is also the western portal of the Anton Andersen Memorial Tunnel:


This is a 2.5 mi/4 km combined road & rail tunnel which is one-lane wide and works on a strictly-regulated schedule between road & rail traffic in each direction. You drive under approximately 10,000 ft of rock, ice & forest through a tunnel which drips from the roof...

A few minutes later, you emerge in the unique community of Whittier, AK. This was a former US Army base built during WWII (as was the tunnel) and closed in the mid-60s. It was built as a "city under one roof", with two large buildings housing all of the towns 200 or so residents as well as most of its services. A third building was abandoned in the 60s and stands as a stark, decaying, concrete hulk which contributes to the general air of dystopia which seems to pervade the place:




In spite of its unattractive appearance, Whittier is one of the main cruise-ship ports for Anchorage. It is also the gateway to Prince William Sound and home to the Alaska Marine Highway's service to Valdez. Around mid-day, I boarded the MV Aurora for the six-hour trip to Valdez.

Unfortunately, the rain continued to pour for the next several hours, so I am unable to share much of the Sound's spectacular beauty. These were the best shots I could muster:







Another shot of interest to Deadliest Catch fans:


On the way into Valdez harbour, we passed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal:



Finally reaching Valdez at around 7:00 pm:




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Amazing photos! Thanks so much for posting. Always thought I'd like to take a trip to Alaska, just breath taking! Waiting for more please
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Amazing photos! Thanks so much for posting. Always thought I'd like to take a trip to Alaska, just breath taking! Waiting for more please
Thank you very much! I've long had a special fascination with the northland and I'm happy to be able to share some of what makes it a special place.

Alaska is a place worth visiting independently; you'll appreciate it far more that way than you ever could from the deck of a cruise ship.
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After leaving Valdez, I drove up the Richardson and Glenn Highways back to Tok, then headed east on the Alaska Highway back into the Yukon. I turned off at Haines Junction and headed south along the Haines road, through the northwest corner of BC and back into Alaska, arriving at Haines in the pouring rain. A burger and a beer were all it took & I was done for the night.
The next morning, it was time to head to the Alaska Marine Highway terminal and board the MV Malaspina for the 4.5 hour run to Juneau, also in the pouring rain.
Once in Juneau, the rain stopped long enough to get a few shots around town. First up, the Governor's Mansion:




Followed by this replica of a Tlingit longhouse:


This sculpture was commissioned for Alaska's 25th anniversary of statehood in 1984:


The State Capitol, which looks more like a bank to me:


A good example of Juneau's dramatic setting:




Up next: Mendenhall Glacier
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Wow, gorgeous photos, thanks for posting.

I love that type of geography too, but I have only been a couple of hours up the Canadian Pacific coast from Vancouver. But I think it is the most beautiful scenery in the world.
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Wow, gorgeous photos, thanks for posting.

I love that type of geography too, but I have only been a couple of hours up the Canadian Pacific coast from Vancouver. But I think it is the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Was it the Sunshine Coast area that you visited (Gibsons, Sechelt, Powell River)?
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This last set of photos is from the Mendenhall Glacier which is located in Juneau's main residential district:








Later that afternoon, it was time to head to the Marine Highway terminal, where I boarded the MV Taku for the 31-hour trip to Prince Rupert, BC.




That's it for this trip, folks. I hope you all enjoyed viewing these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Next summer, I'm planning a lengthy roadtrip up the Dempster Highway to Inuvik, NT. Hopefully the photos will be worth sharing.

Cheers!
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Really enjoyed your report and pictures. You're a really good photographer. Thanks so much for posting. Looking forward to your next trip
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Really enjoyed your report and pictures. You're a really good photographer. Thanks so much for posting. Looking forward to your next trip
Thanks very much! My wife & I are headed back to Playa in March; I'll try to get a TR done when we return.

My next trip up north will likely be mid to late August when I head up across the Arctic Circle with a trip up the Dempster Highway to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. If the weather co-operates, I should have some good tundra & wildlife photos to share.
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Absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks! I'm glad to be able to share the beauty of this region.
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