Best of Alaska 2017

Alaska – Day 1

Eric, my son-in-law and I drove up Turnagain arm and had many opportunities for photos. Among the opportunities was sighting a trumpeter swan that appeared to be nesting in Potter’s Marsh.

 

Alaska Day 2

Today, we drove to Stuckagain Heights. Alaska has very descriptive names for its communities. We heard there was a black bear sow with 2 cubs in the area. We were unable to find her, but we did find this young bull moose browsing brush by the roadside. He was very photogenic and did not mind posing for us. The area also offered a magnificent view of Flat Top in the Chugach Range.

In the evening, Eric and I went to Flat Top in the Chugach Range. It overlooks the Anchorage Bowl and offers some spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. The weather and clouds made for some great photos.

Alaska – Day 3

Today we left Anchorage, travelling the Glenn and Richardson Highways to Valdez. This is a roadtrip which I am sure rivals the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way we drove through the Alaska Range, passing the Matanuska and Worthington glaciers, and rivers. We traversed mountain passes, finally going through the Keystone Canyon and arriving at Valdez. It was a very picturesque drive. Please enjoy the photos.

 

Alaska – Day 5

On our 5th day, we went on a scenic cruise to the Columbia Glacier. We were unable to get closer than 12 miles from the glacier, however because of a dense and rapidly moving ice field. We did see an abundance of sea life including: sea otters and pups, stellar sea lions, puffins, hump back whales, and eagles. Please enjoy sharing in the pictures.

 

Alaska – Day 7

On day 7, we returned to Anchorage from Valdez. Along the way, we stopped to see the Matanuska Glacier. It was an adventure. After driving down a treacherous dirt road along a cliff-side, we found ourselves about a mile and a half from the terminus of the glacier. Eric and I left the ladies at the car, and we hiked through the terminal moraine of the glacier to get to the actual ice. You will notice the brown silt, and small glacial ponds in the photograph. The glacier actually extends more than 100 feet below the moraine. After a difficult hike, we were finally able to stand on the glacial ice.

 

Around Anchorage

These are photos from around the Anchorage area. Take note of the mama moose with her calf. Her hackles are up and her ears are back, something  that I did not notice when I took the shot. This is their warning, and seconds I snapped the shutter, she was charging me. Fortunately, I was able to get out of her line of sight and she stopped.

 

Eagle River

We hiked one of the trails at Eagle River. Along the way, we came across a black bear up a cottonwood tree. It was enjoying an afternoon snack of cottonwood buds.

 

A Quick Visit with Roman and his Human, Renee

Mu wife and I belong to a standard schnauzer group on Facebook. One of our friends, Renee, lives in Anchorage and we took advantage of an opportunity to meet, face to face.