Alaska 2001


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On August 22, 2001, Kathy and I flew from Providence to Anchorage for two weeks of exploring the state of Alaska. We rented a pickup truck camper and drove 2000 miles between Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Valdez, Seward, Homer and Whittier. In addition, we took a 500+ mile flight from Fairbanks to the Inupiat Eskimo village of Barrow on the Arctic Ocean, several hundred miles above the Arctic Circle and reported to be the most northern town in North America, plus a 12 hour ferry trip through Prince William Sound from Valdez to Seward.

There are two things Alaska has plenty of, open space and wildlife. We saw moose, black bears, two types of whales (Beluga and ?), sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald eagles, Dall sheep, goats, a snowy owl and a herd of caribou among other things.

All in all, it was a great trip, and we have brought back a lot of memories. From dipping our hands into the frigid Arctic Ocean waters, to swimming in the 103 degree geothermal waters in Chena Hot Springs, to eating Mexican food at the northernmost Mexican restaurant in the world, to watching thousands of salmon spawning in the streams, to touching a glacier, we have added to our experiences as much as two weeks would permit.

Following are a few of the 200 pictures we took on this trip:

AK1HA11.jpg (59915 bytes) Kathy in anchorage airport, packed for a two week stay.

AK1HA23.jpg (63122 bytes) Heading north, we stopped off at Denali National Park for a short hike.

AK1HB15.jpg (66445 bytes) A reminder that we are not in Rhode Island anymore.

AK1HB16.jpg (96778 bytes) Scenery along the road in Denali.

AK1HB21.jpg (41075 bytes) Arriving in Barrow, Alaska. 71 Deg N Lat, 157 Deg W Lon.

AK1HC15.jpg (66522 bytes) Barrow dog sled team.

AK1HC22.jpg (54443 bytes) Kathy touching the Arctic Ocean in Barrow.

AK1HC5.jpg (55289 bytes) Top of the World Tour Bus in Barrow.

AK1HC7.jpg (53098 bytes) Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, subject of "Taco's on the Tundra" book. Good food!

AK1HD1.jpg (48320 bytes) One of the main streets in Barrow, along the Arctic Ocean.

AK1HD10.jpg (54010 bytes) Inupiat woman and children wearing fur garments she made.

AK1HD13.jpg (42458 bytes) Jawbones of bowhead whale, and sealskin whaling boat frames.

AK1HD5.jpg (40837 bytes) Another reminder we are not at home. Polar bears wander the Barrow streets in winter.

AK1HD9.jpg (60798 bytes) Kathy standing inside the jaw bones of a whale in Barrow.

AK1HD19.jpg (63821 bytes) Jim next to the Alaska pipeline in Fairbanks.

AK1HE1.jpg (50624 bytes) One of the many moose we saw.

AK1HE6.jpg (69031 bytes) Where Santa lives in North Pole, Alaska.

AK1HE7.jpg (80585 bytes) The mosquitos really are as big as they say!

AK1HE11.jpg (59910 bytes) Kathy at the end of the Alaska Highway.

AK1HE13.jpg (63598 bytes) Kathy admiring the roadside scenery.

AK1HE18.jpg (56425 bytes) Our camping spot on the Denali Highway.

AK1HF13.jpg (70953 bytes) Jim at one of the 100,000 glaciers in Alaska.

AK1HF19.jpg (80704 bytes) Kathy at the marina in Valdez. The pipeline terminal is across the bay.

AK1HF21.jpg (46404 bytes) We caught this black bear raiding a dumpster in Valdez.

AK1HG4.jpg (59702 bytes) Leaving Valdez for the 12 hour ferry trip to Seward through Prince William Sound.

AK1HG17.jpg (49033 bytes) The ferry captain took us for a 1 hour sightseeing detour to view this glacier.

AK1HH0.jpg (48017 bytes) Our $10 oceanfront camping spot in Seward.

AK1HH1.jpg (84281 bytes) A view of the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

AK1HH13.jpg (19234 bytes) Sunset from our campsite in Homer.

AK1HH15.jpg (67576 bytes) A 19th century Russian church in Kenai.

AK1HH18.jpg (66511 bytes) Results of the 1964 earthquake when the town of Portage sank in the mud.

AK1HH22.jpg (63478 bytes) Kathy found one bear she didn't have to fear.

AK1HH24.jpg (33303 bytes) Kathy standing in snow left over from last winter.

 

 

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