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Old 12-15-2012   #1 (permalink)
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"It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here": Roadtrip to Kodiak, AK

Without going into much of a narrative, here is a photo log of this summer's 7200 km roadtrip to Kodiak, Alaska and back. My route took me up the Alaska Highway as far as Tok, then continuing by highway through Anchorage to Homer, an overnight ferry ride to Kodiak, a flightseeing and bear-viewing trip around the island, then return via a series of ferries along the Alaska coast to Prince Rupert, BC, finishing with a 1500 km drive home.

This first set is from the Alaska Highway in northern BC:



















Next up: Whitehorse & the southern Yukon.
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Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing...I cannot wait for more!
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Now a few shots from Whitehorse, YT:




Below is a nugget of pure copper discovered in a southwest Yukon riverbed:


Moving westward along the Alaska Highway, I came to Kluane Lake early in the morning:


After crossing into Alaska, I captured these shots of a black spruce muskeg forest near Northway:




Up next: Palmer, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.....
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I agree with Jacko! Beautiful!
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I agree with Jacko! Beautiful!
Thanks to both of you! Glad you like them
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Morning in Palmer, AK, followed by the drive to Anchorage:










Driving south from Anchorage on the Seward Highway, alongside Turnagain Arm:










A brief side-trip up to Portage Lake:






I'll get to the Kenai Peninsula shots tomorrow; in the meantime, enjoy!
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Absolutely gorgeous.
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Wow!! Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. I've been to Kodiak and up in the Aleutian Chain, but have never seen the wonder of the mainland except for a brief stop in Valdez.
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Wow!! Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. I've been to Kodiak and up in the Aleutian Chain, but have never seen the wonder of the mainland except for a brief stop in Valdez.
Thanks!
One of the best ways to see Kodiak is from the seat of a float plane; got some good aerial shots on this trip which I'll put up next.

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After leaving Portage Lake and rounding the head of Turnagain Arm, I drove over Turnagain Pass heading southward on the Sterling Highway down the Kenai Peninsula. The Russian legacy is still quite visible in many of the towns along the peninsula, including Kenai City:






Further along the Kenai Peninsula is Anchor Point, the westernmost point on the North American road system at 151°51' W:


Finally, I arrived at the end of the highway and the quirky town of Homer, AK. Most of the tourist action in Homer takes place along the 5-mile/ 8 km long spit, at the end of which sits the Alaska Marine Highway terminal:




Across the road is the famous Seafarer's Memorial:




Along the way, I noticed this vehicle, all the way from Brazil:


After a very tasty halibut dinner followed by a few Alaskan IPAs at the Salty Dawg, it was time to board the MV Tustumena for the overnight trip to Kodiak:


When I awoke the next morning, the view out the porthole was something like this:




A few hours later, we arrived at Kodiak, home to the US Coast Guard's largest base:




More from Kodiak to follow....

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Kodiak has plenty of Russian heritage also:




Around town:




This display of the growth stages of a red king crab is located in the lobby of the local Wells Fargo bank:


Fans of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch series will recognise this vessel, in the Kodiak boatyard for a refit:


Trident Basin is Kodiak's main floatplane base:





Up next: the aerial shots.

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Our flight tour left Trident Basin around 8:00 am and headed towards the southwest portion of Kodiak Island, into the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
First up are the aerial shots to & from the Refuge, followed by the wildlife:



















Wildlife shots up next...
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And now to the wildlife, the primary reason for making this trip:



































More bears coming up.........
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Wow...they are all amazing indeed! But as I come back, this one is just stunning!

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Glad you like it! I have to agree - this is my favourite landscape shot of the year by far. This photo really came down to pure luck - I just happened to be passing this section of the Alaska Highway when the light was perfect & the wind was dead calm.

Within two minutes of taking this shot, the wind picked up and the mirrored surface of the lake was no more.....

Shot with a Sony Alpha A-57 with an 11-18 mm wide-angle lens.
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