Jul 2016

Blue Angels

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For the past week, we have watched and listened to jets flying over the RV for hours every day. This is not like what you hear from passenger airplanes - this is so loud it shakes the rv. About midweek we put two and two together and realized that we were watching the Blue Angels along with other jets practicing for an airshow at the military base that is about 3 miles from us (as the crow flies). Read More...

Wrangell-St Elias Adventures

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While visiting the town of McCarthy is an adventure in itself, we had a few adventures planned for our time there. One day, Mary went pack-rafting with a guide. They hiked several miles up McCarthy Creek Trail carrying pack-rafts. A pack-raft is a lightweight inflatable boat that is designed for using in places that you can't drive to. Mary and the guide hiked up for several hours, put on dry-suits (a necessity in the cold water), blew up the pack-rafts and floated back to town on McCarthy Creek in about thirty minutes. Read More...

Visiting McCarthy, AK

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McCarthy, Alaska is located across the river at the end of a sixty mile dirt road (known as the worst road in Alaska) in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A foot bridge provides access to McCarthy. There are two ways for outsiders to get to McCarthy - fly or walk across the footbridge. If you have not read the previous blog post, End of the Road, you might want to do so before reading this post since it provides some background information about McCarthy. Read More...

The End of the Road

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Wrangell-St Elias is the largest national park in the United States with 13.2 million acres. It rises from the ocean all the way up to Mount St. Elias with an elevation of 18,008 feet The park has multiple glaciers, volcanos and peaks along with rivers, creeks and natural springs. The park is six times the size of Yellowstone. It has four major mountain ranges which included nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States. There are glaciers larger than Rhode Island. Flowing from the glaciers are silt filled rivers. Read More...

The Reindeer Farm

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Alaska doesn't have a DisneyWorld or a SixFlags, but it does have the Reindeer Farm. I have discovered that some people think reindeers are imaginary, but I am here to tell you that they are indeed real. Reindeer are domesticated caribou. Alaska and Canada have caribou herds and people also raise caribou - which makes them domesticated and therefore reindeer. Read More...

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Mary had three and a half days off this week and we decided to see if we could book some last minute travel. We were able to find a full-day kayaking trip among icebergs, a four-hour horseback ride, and a half-day fishing trip on the Kenai Peninsula. Finding lodging was not quite as easy. We finally found a place with over priced space available (everything in Alaska is expensive and although this place had less expensive rooms advertised, they said they were not available). We booked the room and the activities regardless of price - when will we be back to Alaska? Maybe never better take advantage now. Read More...