Author Archives: Tom

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Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Appalachian State University.

June 15 & 16 – Cruising the Inside Passage to Vancouver

Our last days aboard the Golden Princess were spent cruising the Inside Passage to the port in Vancouver where our cruise ended on the morning of June 16.  The scenery along the way was eye-popping. One of the big surprises … Continue reading

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June 14 – Ketchikan

Today we cruise toward Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems.” Along the way we passed a family of humpback whales.  Judging by the backs in view and the number … Continue reading

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June 13 – Juneau and Whale Watching

Today we visit the capital city of Juneau, where the saying is that you can only arrive by boat, by plane, or by birth canal (the city is on an island with no bridge to the mainland).  The city sights … Continue reading

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June 12 – Skagway

Today we cruise from Glacier Bay to the Alaskan town of Skagway where we walked ashore and explored the Gold Rush theme of the town.  We took a tour of the Chilkoot Trail through mountain passes to the Yukon Territory … Continue reading

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June 11 – Glacier Bay National Park

As we entered Glacier Bay National Park we immediately notice the increasing numbers of sea birds surrounding the cruise ship.  These birds followed us throughout the park as we explored glaciers near the north end of the Bay. We saw … Continue reading

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June 10 – Hubbard Glacier

Today we cruised past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s advancing glaciers.  It is more than six miles wide where it meets the ocean, and the face is up to 400 feet tall.  Icebergs 3 to 4 stories in … Continue reading

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June 9 – Wasilla to Anchorage to Whittier

Today we traveled from the Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge to meet our cruise ship at the port in Whittier, passing through Wasilla and Anchorage, then along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, and finally through the tunnel to Whittier. … Continue reading

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June 8- Train to Talkeetna and Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge

Today we boarded the train for Talkeetna, AK.  These observation cars gave us a great view of the surrounding mountains and, at one point, another chance to view Denali.  Unfortunately, the mountain was shrouded in snow clouds as we passed … Continue reading

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June 7 – Denali National Park

This day we boarded a modified school bus to travel about 60 miles into Denali National Park.  The road extends only 92 miles into the park (it doesn’t go all the way to Denali), but we were able to go … Continue reading

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June 6 – Fairbanks

Our first day in Alaska began with a three-hour river cruise on the Chena River into the heart of Alaska where we were introduced to the world of bush pilots, sled dogs, and the Athabascan heritage.     The bush … Continue reading

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