Inn At Whittier
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... Glacier, the naturalist on board told us we were very lucky to be seeing it. Apparently they close the entrance to the bay until September 1st as this is the time the seals use the area for birthing their pups. As the cruise ship season ends mid September, that only gives a two week period for cruise ships to enter the bay. So as you can see we were very lucky.
There are only 12 glaciers in the whole of Alaska that are classed as regenerating. This is because their ...
... able to get a room back at ‘Majestic View’. After our long showers and changing into clean clothes we headed for the town Laundromat and
filled several machines with all our salty, dirty gear. Having completed chores we revisited the Salty Dog Inn to meet up with our camping companions for a pre-dinner drink. It was ‘sea shanty’ ...
... sea level rising during the 1964 earthquake. The Seward Highway is a narrow strip of pavement; it is double-laned, hugging the side of the mountain and tipping, at places, over the inlet. There were signs posted along the way to NOT walk on the mudflats at low tide because there are quicksand areas and a tidal range of 33 feet (second only to the 50 foot tidal range in the Bay of Fundy...sorry, science teacher here) ...
... The 6 hour trip was fantastic! Even the trains in Alaska stop for wildlife sightings! The time passed quickly as we watched out the window and had our lunch served to us. I loved being able to get up and open the train car door and step out between the cars in the open air and take pictures. Wow! So much fun! Our train ride is over and it's time to board the ship for the next leg of our Alaska journey through the inside passage. I can't wait to see what things await ...
... Chicken on the other side".
You're right, it wasn't worth it, but the Top of the World Highway and Independence Day in Chicken were.
We weren't sure what to expect from the Highway, there are warnings about steep gradients, gravelled areas, frost heaves and pot holes, but in the main it was good and the views were phenomenal. Mountains behind mountains fading away ...