Chicago and Anchorage
Trip Start May 24, 2005
15Trip End Aug 20, 2005
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From there I caught a quick flight to Anchorage, which has Alaskans say is only 80 miles from Alaska. Anchorage is a small city (300,000 souls) and easy to walk around. What I found great was everybody was complaining that it was too crowded and they want to move further out into the wilderness. Now they say that the State Bird of Alaska is the mosquito and out on the Tundra there is billions of them
On the plane I help a middle age woman stow a picture and we started chatting. It turns her friend was also an accountant for Alaskan Railways, quicker than you could save priv pass, she had organised my fellow accountant to take me hiking 50 miles outside Anchorage. The mountains were stunning, there was still snow on them, the lakes were full of glacier ice water which is too cold for fish to live in and there was abundant wildlife and not many mozzies :-). So the following day I took a tour with the railway down to Spencer glacier where I went rafting.
Alaska has abundant wildlife and is full of nature. While there I saw hawk, moose with a calf, sea otters, deer, salmon jumping out of the water and a flock of bald eagles. Surprisingly most of this was from my ferry, which I travelled on for three days from Whittier (like Courttown without the glamour or buzz :-) to Prince Rupert which is like Courttown. The boat was grand the Alaskan Marine Highway Ferries was like Bus Eireann. The roomette I booked had a window, a window that looked out onto a life boat! It was nice every morning to wake up and see the life boat and know that I had not missed anything in the night :-)The room was small 6ft by 8ft but adequate. Some people did the trip cheaper by pitching their tents on deck or sleeping in the solarium and other common areas. To be honest The highlight was standing on the deck, sipping my southern comfort and watching the sunset when suddenly I saw a whale crest and then he was diving back down quicker than you could say harpoon, it was a glorious sight. I saw a couple more after that which was great. So Folks I now in Prince Rupert for a couple of nights before I move back to Vancouver. Take care and take it easy