The Alaska Trip

We had a fantastic time. We flew to Fairbanks, took train and bus to Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley State Park, then down to Anchorage and to the cruise ship at Seward.  From there, we went to College Fijord, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, then to Vancouver and back to San Jose.  Ah, well, back to reality.

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Gazebo at our hotel in Fairbanks
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Caribou at Denali National Park
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Fireweed - this stuff is everywhere. It's called fireweed because it's the first thing to grow back after a fire
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Dome-top rail car we took to Denali
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Princess Cruise Lines had four of these cars attached to this train.
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Jet-boat trip down the river at Mt. McKinley
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Mt. McKinley. They said it was very unusual to get this good a view of the mountain.  Usually, it's covered with clouds.
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We took a helicopter trip from Mt. McKinley Park.
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Another view from the helicopter.
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We got to stand on a glacier.
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Water flowing on the top of the glacer goes down this hole, to the bottom of the glacier, and filters out eventually.
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Talkeetna, Fairview Inn, where President Harding ate his last meal. Rumor has it his wife poisoned him. Maybe this had something to do with him bringing his mistress along on the trip.  (Nobody tell Hillary...)
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Streets of Talkeetna.
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Stuffed bears in the lobby of the Anchorage Hilton.
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Caribou at a wildlife rescue place on the way from Anchorage to Seward.
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Icebergs on the way to Seward to board the ship.
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Steve and Lourdes at the Anchorage Hilton
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College Fijord.  The glaciers here are mostly named afer famous universities.
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Glacier Bay.  Lots of gorgeous scenery, when you can see it through the fog.
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Jeep trip from Skagway into the Yukon.  We did some off-road in the Yukon.
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Now entering Yukon Territory.
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Gift shop at the Rain Forest in Juneau
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Unusual planters. Yes, those are upside-down trees. Also at the "Rain Forest Garden Adventure" place. Interesting story how he came up with this, involving $3000 damage to a rented excavator.
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Salmon spawning near Juneau.
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View of the ship from the top of the tram at Juneau
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A nifty waterfall at that rain forest place.
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Another waterfall at the Salmon Bake place near Juneau
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Creek Street in Ketchikan, which used to be the infamous "red light" district during the Gold Rush.
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At the salmon hatchery in Ketchikan

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