This is primarily a travel blog in which I write about traveling in our motorhome. Our travels have

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I began this blog as a vehicle for reporting on a 47-day trip made by my wife and me in our motorhome down to the Yucatan Peninsula and back. I continued writing about our post-Yucatan travels and gradually began including non-travel related topics. I often rant about things that piss me off, such as gun violence, fracking, healthcare, education, and anything else that pushes my button. I have a photography gallery on my Smugmug site (http://rbmartiniv.smugmug.com).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Alaskan Photos


Here are some photos from the Alaska trip.

Our cottage in Fairbanks.

The Alaskan Pipeline near Fairbanks.

An Alaskan bush pilot's float plane.


A sled dog kennel and training facility.


A living history park depicting a typical native Alaskan village.

A native Alaskan cabin.


Salmon filets hanging on a drying rack.

Salmon filets in the smoke house.

Wild flowers.


Dome car on train trip from Fairbanks to Denali National Park.

Mama bear and two cubs at Denali.


Polychrome Basin at Denali.

Polychrome Basin.

The 92-mile trip from park entrance to the lodge was a 6-hour bus ride!

Caribou at Denali.

Mountains at Denali. Unfortunately, Denali itself stayed hidden by the clouds.

The Kantishna Lodge at Denali.
 
Helicopter ride out to Knik Glacier.


Enroute to the glacier.

Glacier coming up.

The glacier (through dirty windshield).


Looking straight down at the glacier.



Landed on the glacier.






Yours truly and Carol Ann on the glacier.



Another group of people on the glacier (from another helicopter).




Taking off from the glacier.


Return to the Knik River Lodge.

This is NOT the ship on which we cruised the inland waterway!

Wake of the boat.

Skiffs and kayaks stored on the top deck.

The inland waterway.



Bridge of our boat.

A skiff preparing to take a group ashore.


Kayaks readied for use.

Launching kayaks from rear of the boat.


A bald eagle watches as we paddle by.

"Row, row, row your boat...."


A forest walk ashore.




Our boat in the distance.

We went where the large cruise ships could not go.










A pod of humpback whales "bubble netting". The dive deep and then swirl to the surface while blowing bubbles, which acts like a net in keeping the school of fish together while the whales come up from below with their mouths open.








Our boat in the mist.

Wild flowers.

Exploring ashore.


A flock of gulls flies over our boat.

Wolf paw prints in the sand.


A bear print compared to my boot.

More wolf tracks.

Resting.

Interior hall of the boat. State rooms on each side.

The bar. Opened in the morning and remained open as long as anyone was there. All drinks were free. Well, not exactly. I'm sure we paid for them in the cost of the cruise. But it was nice not to have to worry about paying for everything.

The forward lounge of the bar.

The dining room.


The activities/information board.

Anchor wench on the front of the boat.

Outside walkway on one side of the boat.

The sundeck.

The bridge.



Our cabin.



A glacier up close.




Snow pack on shore.

These next three are out of order. This is mile 450 of the Alaskan Pipeline.

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A river paddlewheeler and day cruise tour.