June 28, 2000. Anchorage Alaska. Returning to Anchorage from the Kenai Peninsula, we follow the Turnagin Arm of the Cook Inlet. An interesting stop is made at the Portage Glacier before we arrive in the city. Here we spend 4 days camping in the front yeard of some friends. They graciously give us the grand tour of Anchorage with museum visits, restaurants, shopping expeditions et. all. A highlight for the guys was to tour Elmendorf Air Force base, where our host teaches night classes. In the days before 9/11, security restrictions were quite minimal, as we pretty much can go anyplace. Another visit takes us to the main seaplane and private airport. There are literally thousands of planes as this is the main mode of transportation throughout about 95 percent of the state.
On our return trip to the "lower forty-eight" we retrace some ground seeing even more wildlife. Then we take a new route which bring us to Jasper National Park and Lake Louise in Canada. From there we head south for some fun stops in my favorite fishing grounds in Montana. That's, however, another story
When we finally return to Minnesota, somewhat exhausted, but exhilerated, at our epic journey, the odometer had turned over 9,000 miles on this trip. Troutbirder quotes General McArthur by saying "I shall return." Mrs. T agrees adding the caveat "we will do the inland passage cruise thing... but only when we're old." It's on our list of "to do's" but not quite yet!
It was an epic journey. One of the last places on this continent to see wildlife in its natural habitat and unspoiled wilderness.ReplyDelete
Oh what a pity it is finis TB!! I have loved seeing the pictures of your trip. I hope that you are going to post some of the glacier though? A wonder trip an well woth all the miles you did. Where are you off to now? LOL!!ReplyDelete
Love following your Alaska posts!! One day I would love to take a trip there!!ReplyDelete
Your header photo's is great too!!
I really enjoyed coming here and following your Alaska posts. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us all!!ReplyDelete
That was a great series of "Alaska" posts. It was a trip to remember!ReplyDelete
Boy....I'd love to get up there one day. :)ReplyDelete
Great narrative,...Thanks for taking me along!ReplyDelete
love mrs. t's comment. :)ReplyDelete
I am enjoying reading about your Alaskan trip.. I hope that George and I get there someday... It's got to be a fantastic place. Wouldn't want to live there --but I'd love to visit.ReplyDelete
That was a nice journey. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Imagine, all that time the Palins were up there doing outrageous things but no one knew. They must have wondered if their efforts would ever bear fruit. Do you by any chance recall being passed by a pickup truck full of screaming kids, arguing adults, with the back end full of empty beer cans?
I'm glad I didn't miss the end of your trip. It was lovely.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful journey! And I look forward to the return trip. Someday. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the journey. Now you can plan for your "inland trip".ReplyDelete
What a grand trip for you and a little bit for us.ReplyDelete
9,000 miles wow that was some trip! Once in a lifetime trip...well except for that Cruise when you get old:)ReplyDelete
I've heard the cruise is very nice. However, being a driving family as you and your wife are, not certain I can handle all those people on the ship. Or the rules. 9000 miles. Most impressive.ReplyDelete
Wow, that was quite the road trip!! I'm glad you and Mrs. T aren't old enough yet but when you are old enough to do the cruise, I hope you share the journey here.ReplyDelete