A family trip to Alaska 2010
Arriving in Anchorage and hiking around town
We flew all day thru Seattle and arrived in the evening.
We were picked up at the hotel in the afternoon and after stopping at the airport to pick up our new friends the Cullens we were on our way to Coopers Landing and the Kenai Riverside Lodge.Upon arriving there we had a nice cabin along the Kenai (?) river and saw the first of many bald eagles.
Rafting to the Backcountry Lodge
Coopers Landing to Kenai Backcountry Lodge
In the morning we were up and out to start our rafting trip down the Kenai river and out into Skilak Lake. The rafting went smoothly until we entered the lake. We dropped the engine to motor across the lake but were heading right into the wind and waves.
Hiking up a muddy path to overlook the Lake
A rainy day and ....
We had an overcast day for our hike up above the lodge. It was a couple hour hike up a slippery path. Once on top we had great views of the surrounding area and the lake we had crossed to get here. In the evening we took our kyacks on the lake and didnt get back until after dark.
Backcountry Lodge, Coopers Landing, Kenai Riverside Lodge
Salmon running and bears tales
Back across the lake (by motor boat) and up the Russian River. Hiking along the streams watching the salmon fight there way up a very large water fall. We saw the very manual fish counting process and had a nice conversation with the counter. We also hiked to an overlook and then back to Coopers Landing and the Backcountry Lodge.
Taking the Ferry to the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Ferrying along the Alaskan Coast to Kenai Fjords NP.
We drove from Coopers Landing to Seward where we caught a ferry to Aialk Bay and the Kenai Fjords NP. The Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was our home for the next couple days. On the way we got great views of Sea Lions and Pufers and took a ride past a glacier at the end of Aialk Bay before heading to our cabins near Pedersen Lagoon.
Hiking and Kyacking to get upclose to the Glaciers
Kyacking amid swimming bears and calving glaciers
During the day we took a hike off to the side of the lodge and saw some bear activity along the way. We then kayaked about 3 miles up to the glacier at the end of the bay where we had lunch. On the way back a bear swam across our path on it's way to an island in the bay. Further bear sightings came later in the day.
Taking the long road to Talkeetna
A side route to car trouble on top of ...
After another layover night in Anchorage we rented a Ford Explorer and headed north toward Talkeetna. We decided to take a circutous route via an old mining town. After passing the mine we started off toward the west and the top of a pass thru the mountains. After stopping for a brief break the car died. It took some good samaritans, two phones, two tow trucks and about 4 hours to get us back on our way. We arrived in Talketna at sunset and had time for dinner. The foillowing day we explored a remote area called Trappers Creeek and the town of Talkeetna
Cruise aboad the Columbia
Along the coast in Prince William Sound and up close to Glaciers
After dropping Kelly at the airport, Allie, Kathy and I were shuttled down to Whitter for our three night cruise around Price William sound. We spent the next day and a half cruising around seeing glaciers and some of the fishing
2010-08-27 Cruising Prince William Sound
Cruise to Cordova and Kyacking amoung Glaciers
Our day in Cordova was a bit rainy but we took a rafting trip along the Copper River and after this headed back into Prince William Sound.