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Today we thought we should add to our Alaska Hiking Blog feature here at ExploreTraveler. These days we are in the interior of Alaska and spring breakup is now upon us. As you can see some of the smaller lakes are starting to un-freeze but others are still very much frozen. So far this spring we have decided to hit out on the trails that start on the land owned by the University of Alaska. We like t get started early in the morning and begin hiking deep into the easy trails first and this keeps going until we run out of time. I have added German translations to help our visitors from Europe to find this article and ease of information sharing.
Heute dachten wir, wir sollten unsere Alaska Hiking Blog-Funktion hier bei ExploreTraveler hinzufügen. In diesen Tagen sind wir im Inneren von Alaska und der Frühjahrsaufbruch steht vor der Tür. Wie Sie sehen können, beginnen einige der kleineren Seen zu frieren, aber andere sind immer noch sehr gefroren. In diesem Frühjahr haben wir uns entschieden, auf den Wegen zu gehen, die auf dem Land beginnen, das der Universität von Alaska gehört. Wir starten nicht früh am Morgen und wandern zuerst tief in die einfachen Wege, und das geht so lange weiter, bis uns die Zeit ausgeht.
These days we have a tremendous amount of opportunity to visit the great outdoors and with parks, trails, and US National Parts here in Alaska. You basically just need to put on your backpack and to start walking. The moose are out and about and soon the bears will be waking up soon. Please do keep in mind that the bears will be waking up soon or are awake already depending on when you decide to get started. If you are on certain state, federal or university lands you might not be able to bring a firearm for defense so consider a very good bear spray that can reach a farther distance.
In diesen Tagen haben wir eine riesige Gelegenheit, die große Natur und mit Parks, Trails und US-Nationalparks hier in Alaska zu besuchen. Sie müssen im Grunde nur auf Ihren Rucksack und zu Fuß beginnen. Die Elche sind raus und bald werden die Bären aufwachen. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Bären bald aufwachen oder schon wach sind, je nachdem, wann Sie sich entscheiden, loszulegen. Wenn Sie auf einem bestimmten Bundes-, Bundes-oder Universitätsland sind, können Sie vielleicht nicht in der Lage sein, eine Schusswaffe zur Verteidigung mitzunehmen, so dass Sie ein sehr gutes Bärenspray in Betracht ziehen, das eine weiter entfernte Strecke erreichen kann.
Traveling does require some forward thought and bring extra socks and trying to keep your feet dry can be difficult at times. The tundra is very wet, swampy and thick with moss. Your feet are an important asset so please make sure to take care of them. Calculate the amount of time to your destination and ensure you have the food, water, and supplies to last in case something goes wrong.
Reisen erfordert einige Vorüberlegung und bringen zusätzliche Socken und versuchen, die Füße trocken zu halten kann manchmal schwierig sein. Die Tundra ist sehr nass, sumpfig und dick mit Moos. Ihre Füße sind ein wichtiges Gut, also achten Sie bitte darauf, sich um sie zu kümmern. Berechnen Sie die Zeit bis zu Ihrem Ziel und stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie die Nahrung, das Wasser und die Vorräte haben, um für den Fall, dass etwas schief geht, zu halten.
My Alaska Hiking Blog Tips
The weather in early spring can be a little strange and change rapidly. Under Alaska law, if you do end up in a survival situation you are allowed to hunt, build a fire as long as you use reasonable judgment. Before you start and if your find wildlife viewing interesting consider getting a free guide and Request a free guide book here to help with your planning. Just don’t forget your binoculars! From moose, bears, sandhill cranes, geese and much more the wildlife around here really explodes into massive activity in the spring.
Das Wetter im Frühlingsanfang kann etwas seltsam sein und sich schnell ändern. Nach dem Alaska Gesetz, wenn Sie in einer Überlebenssituation landen, dürfen Sie jagen, bauen Sie ein Feuer, solange Sie vernünftiges Urteil. Bevor Sie anfangen und wenn Sie die Tierbeobachtung interessant finden, sollten Sie sich hier einen kostenlosen Reiseführer besorgen und ein kostenloses Reiseführer anfordern, um Ihnen bei Ihrer Planung behilflich zu sein. Vergessen Sie Ihr Fernglas nicht! Von Elchen, Bären, Sandhügelkrähen, Gänsen und vielem mehr explodiert die hier herumtrausende Tierwelt im Frühjahr in massive Aktivität.
Some basic first aid kit supplies to consider when or hiking in here.
- A knee or ankle support brace
- Bandages/Bandaids of varies sikes
- Gauze roll
- Sterile Dressings
- Micropore medical tape
- Tylenol for headaches or simple pain relief
- Ibuprofen tablets for inflammation and sprains
- Ibuprofen Gel
- Oral rehydration salts or a small bottle of Gatorade
- Antiseptic cream or spray
Einige grundlegende Erste-Hilfe-Sets, die Sie beachten sollten, wenn Sie hier wandern.
Ein Knie oder Knöchelstütze braceBandages/Bandaids von variierten sikesGauze rollSterile DressingsMicropore Micropore medizinischen TapeTylenol für Kopfschmerzen oder einfache Schmerzen reliefIbuprofen Tabletten für Entzündungen und SprainsIbuprofen GelOral-Rehydratationsalze oder eine kleine Flasche GatoradeAntiseptische Creme oder SpraySunblock
Ponds and lakes are everywhere up here and as the ice melts we should start finding the moose standing inside getting nutrients from the bottom.
Soon this small lake will be active with ducks from around the world.
Having time with family and friends is always a good time to spend the day. We will expand this hiking overview with more photos and videos here.
Trails can be groomed or just made from people or animals so try to read your maps well and check out the GPS.
My Alaska Hiking Blog Bird Watching Tips
Here are a few birds you might see along the way.
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Alaska Marine System Highway Ferry’s
The Alaska Marine Highway has to be one of our favorite adventures and one we have done several times. It connects into the Alaska State highway system, and railways giving you plenty of adventure all along the way. The distance, territories, and place one can see will boggle the mind. This article is meant to be a guide, and a motivational piece to get you the reader out of your house or apartment and on an adventure that does not have to be high cost unless you want it to be.
First, you must look into the Washington state ferry reservations from Bellingham Washington using the Alaska Marine Highway reservation system here. The website will give some general idea on times, dates of sailings, and costs of doing so. Now keep in mind that the state of Alaska will raise the prices during the most active time of the year, and July – August will be the most expensive time.
Now the route you choose to take will depend on the ferry you choose to sail with. In this photo, you get a general idea as to how these ferries work and where each of them go depending on what you choose.
From Bellingham Washington, you always stop in Ketchikan Alaska, and you must be ready to see wildlife all along the way. The beauty of the Inside Passage will blow you away and should be considered one of the world’s wonders.
As you look around coming into Ketchikan you must keep a close eye open for whales, eagles, and other wildlife. The deck around your ferry will provide you with 360 degrees of viewing pleasure, but you must walk around to see everything.
We have come into Ketchikan in the early sailing season and within the summer. Each time period will provide you with a different view, and animals to see all along the way.
Petersburg Alaska will sneak up on you, and you should make sure to keep your times for viewing ready. Each time the ferry stops they will give you time to be able to look around. Always keep a close eye open for the Eagles because they like to sit on the electric poles just outside of your ship.
Keep in mind that seafood is a way of life in Alaska, and some at a restaurant close to your port will be a great culinary adventure. Some of these ports have food very close by, and others you will need to walk a little way, but the food will be great.
Now coming into Petersburg can be a great photo opportunity, and you must be ready to capture those amazing shots. Here in this photo, you have a general idea of what you will see, and find as you move along your Alaska Marine Highway Adventure.
Christmas Joy Lives Year Around In North Pole, Alaska
Who doesn’t know about the North Pole and all the stories about Santa Claus? But what most do not realize is that there is a town in Alaska, where this Santa is believed to be at work. Here he is said to live year around. He is always busy in his workshop making people happy. Here, joy fills the air no matter what time of year, but especially during the winter. Regardless, if you believe in the man with the jolly red suit or not, you can not escape the joy that is in the air as winter approaches. North Pole, Alaska is the home of winter time delight, astonishing creativity, and county charm.
A Journey Of Faith In North Pole Alaska
Through the thick winter fog, comes the faithful to partake in the weekly celebration of corporate worship. Regardless of the weather, if at all possible, the journey is made to the location where they meet others each week. Spirituality is alive and well in the many communities that make up the State of Alaska. Sometimes winter is a little precarious, at best, and then people may not make their weekly trip to their house of worship. But most of the time, the people who call Alaska home, make the trek come rain, shine, fog, or snow. It is just another part of daily life in the far north.
In North Pole, Alaska, you are never quite sure what the day may give you. One thing is for sure, winter arrives with diligence each year in late Autumn and the people that call North Poll home are well prepared. It’s called, layer up, bundle up, and head on out for another adventure in Alaska’s frosty north.
Driving In The Ice Fog In The Subarctic Of Alaska
Driving in the ice fog takes talent! Keep your wheels in the tracks of the last vehicle, your eyes on the road ahead, and your lights low, so as to see right in front of the tires. Slow and easy is the motto of the day. The slower you are going the more likely you are to see your side road when it appears for a brief second. Miss your chance and you are out of luck, there is no where to turn around. This is a slice of life in the ice fog!
The legacy of the simple log cabin is woven into the very framework of everyday Alaskan life. The thick logs provide insulation when caulked properly and the cabins are easy to keep warm. Most are quite small and are heated by a single wood stove.
This log cabin has a sod roof which is extremely friendly to the environment. The weight of the sod bears down on the logs, which compresses the logs together even tighter than a regular roof. It helps in the insulation of the cabin during the long cold winters. The walls have almost no draft with a sod roof, which lowers the cost of heating and cooling the cabin. The sod also provides a place for the rainwater to soak in, and reduces the run off happening all at once. Rather the rain water gently is allowed to run to the environment, and run off woes and flooding is avoided.
The sod roofs are also a friendly place for wildlife to utilize the native grasses in their daily life. Small animals find nesting material in the spring, and often utilize the roof as a home. Often people add a few wild flower seeds to the sod when planted. This provides a very appealing roof in the spring, summer, and fall. The plants filter the air, produce oxygen, and provide shade.
Exploring The Alaskan Back Country As Winter Sets In
Exploring the vast back-country of Alaska’s interior is exciting any time of the year, but as the snow begins to accumulate it is even more so. Everything is so still and white, that small animals are easy to see as they prepare for the leaner months of winter in the far North. Many animals store up food for the upcoming months and still others just eat enough that they can live off of the extra during the months of deep snow and ice. This is a time of preparation in Alaska’s vast interior!
This is also a time when you will see many moose eating the twigs that are still not covered and frozen in the deep snow. They are easy to see with their tall legs and brown color in this sea of white.
The Willow Ptarmigan hiding in the thickets at Denali National Park
One of the most adaptable birds and the most common across Alaska is the Willow Ptarmigan. The Willow Ptarmigan is a beautiful brown in the summer, changing to almost snowy white in winter. They are so adaptable to their surroundings, that they are hard to spot with the naked eye. In 1955, the Willow Ptarmigan officially became the State Bird of Alaska.
Winter In The Delta Mountains Of Eastern Alaska
The magnificent Delta Mountains is a sub-range to the Alaska Range forming it’s Eastern border. The Delta Range is one of the most accessible mountains within the Alaska Range. It usually has an abundance of snow in the winter, making it a prime winter get-away destination. Three of Alaska’s major highways surround this beautiful wilderness, the Glenn Highway, the Richardson Highway, and the Alaskan Highway. It is perhaps one of the most accessible winter play grounds in the Alaska Range.
Summer sports in the Delta Mountains include climbing, hiking, mountaineering, boating of all kinds, and just plain mountain fun. Fishing is great in the different streams, rivers, and lakes. There is a lot to enjoy about this amazing mountain area. Winter time, of course, brings a whole new array of sports, and there is always the magnificent glaciers, just waiting to be admired.
The Rugged Wilderness Of The Delta Mountains
Glaciers In The Delta Mountains
There are several glaciers and ice caves in this mountain range. Gulkana and Castner Glaciers are two of the most scenic glaciers with easy access. Both have trails leading to the glacier fields. You can also hike into Castner Ice Caves at certain times of the year. If you enjoy winter, then the Delta Mountains will be a delight.
A Moose Enjoying The Twigs From The Trees Not Yet Buried In Snow
Moose mainly eat the toothpick size twigs from the Birch, Poplar, and Willow trees that grow in Alaska. Winter can bring on hunger, and a nice patch of twigs is a great discovery.
Moose are one of the most sought after subjects for photographers in all of Alaska. Many visitors are extremely surprised at their extremely large size. Adult males usually weigh at least 1,000 pounds, and often males can weigh as much as 1,500 pounds. They stand well over six and a half feet tall, and often as much as seven feet. They are best recognized by their long spindly legs.
Most cows give birth to one baby and by five months old, most babies are usually around 300 pounds. These fast growing babies are a lot of fun to watch as they begin to emerge from their secure dens and follow their moms around looking for twigs.
Alaskan Moose Resting In A Bed Of Soft Snow In The Tundra
When the temperatures reach 23 degrees Fahrenheit, moose begin to feel overwhelmed with the heat. It is during this time that you will find them resting in a bed of snow, as they try to get cooled down.
The Beauty Of The Cold Long Winters On The Robertson River
The Robertson River is one of the most scenic rivers in Alaska. In various places it has a thin to a thick layer of glacier ice during winter. This glacial ice is beautiful with a bluish tint. As the winter sun gleams on the ice, this bluish ice is a photographer’s delight.
Ice Fishing In Comfort On Chena Lake In Alaska
Only seventeen miles to the southeast of Fairbanks, in Alaska’s interior, is beautiful Chena Lake. This is a 2,000 acre recreation area shared by the Chena Lake Park and the Chena River Park. Both areas are filled with wildlife and the lake is a favorite spot for ice fishing during the cold winters after the ice is completely solid. Chena Lake is a 260 acre lake that freezes extremely solid in the long cold winters. The park also includes about 4 beautiful curved miles of the Chena River that is quite beautiful. The river also is a major wildlife watering hole, making it an awesome photographers paradise.
The photo above is a very deluxe ice fishing camp on the lake. This is a very professional camp and is much warmer than the normal way of ice fishing. When most locals are fishing, they cut a hole in the ice and feed a line down into the water. If a fish is caught, then it is retrieved through that same hole. Ice fishing is a way of life in the Interior of Alaska, providing much needed fish for the table during the long winters.
Beautiful Spruce Trees Laden With Fresh Snow
Snow covered spruce trees decorated by nature for the upcoming winter festivities. They are a beautiful sight to see during this season of brisk temperatures? If you love the sights of winter and you are not afraid of temperatures that can often plunge way into the negatives, Alaska, is the place to be for winter fun.
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race In Fairbanks Alaska
There is absolutely nothing like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the world. It is 1,000 amazing and beautiful miles of some of the toughest, most challenging snow country that nature can dish out. This event is full of mountains and cliffs, deep snow and ice, and temperatures way below zero. The ice fog can be so thick that all you can do is trust your dog. This is an event that is man and dog verses nature, and nature can be cruel. Only the best of the best come here to compete in this remote and dangerous race. This is Alaskan winter fun at every level and most Alaskans appear to watch somewhere along the way. It has often been called the “Last Great Race On Earth.”
Braving The Cold To Watch A Tradition
Every time a racer passes through a village of any size, there will be a crowd lining the streets. There will be a full house at both the starting line and the finish line. This is more than a race, it is a way of life. It brings back not so distant memories of another time, when things revolved around these dogs. This is an Alaskan event, and every racer will be given a hero’s welcome. These teams are the best of the best and they come from all over the world. There may be only one team that is number 1, but there are no losers.
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Christmas time in North Pole, Alaska is considered by most locals as the highlight of the year. What makes it even better, is that Santa Claus House has Christmas all year long. A visit to Santa Claus House is one of the most exciting things to do in North Pole, Alaska. At Santa Claus House you will be able to visit with Santa’s reindeer, receive a letter from Santa postmarked from the North Pole, and the shopping is unbelievable. Here at Santa Claus House you will find gifts that are made in Alaska, ornaments with an Alaskan theme, special Alaskan jewelry, one of a kind clothing, and of course lots and lots of toys. If you are looking for that special one of a kind touch for your own celebration, then Santa Claus House is the place to go.
The Decorations Are Special At Santa Claus House
Enjoy the reindeer as they guide you To Santa Claus House. This is one of the most festive times of the year, when there is snow or ice fog on the decorations.
The Northernmost Denny’s In The World Is uniquely Alaskan
Can you find another Denny’s that serves Reindeer Sausage with it’s potatoes and eggs? This is a treat for the taste buds, as it is so delicious. If potatoes and eggs aren’t for you, then how about a stack of cakes with Reindeer Sausage on the side? While you are there, be sure to look out the window, as moose are often seen passing by.
The Long Polar Night In North Pole Alaska
The North Pole is at it’s maximum tilt away from the sun, making it the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter solstice. The Northern lights and the stars are spectacular this time of year! On a cold clear night, there is so much light from the moon and stars that the snow gleams in the darkness of the long night. These beautiful clear nights are excellent for viewing the Northern Lights.
Ice and Hoar Frost makes Fairbanks Alaska A Picturesque Winter Wonderland
Even though the nights are long and dark during the long winters, the short days are beautiful as the sun beams down on trees covered with ice and frost. This is an amazing place, with spectacular beauty wherever you go. If you enjoy winter, then come on North and enjoy the land of the long polar nights with it’s beautiful, though short, sunny and brisk days.
Skagway Alaska Gateway To The North
Welcome to Skagway Alaska, the gateway to the Klondike and beyond. Skagway is yesterday alive and well! In Skagway, you will hear the old honky-tonk pianos and the cries of the prospectors. Gold has been found! Nothing much has changed in Skagway, Alaska; it is yesterday at its best! Come celebrate with us! Dance to the old honky-tonk piano! Kick up your heels! Immerse yourself in the history of the Klondike! Enjoy everything nature has to show you. Skagway is the northernmost town in Southeast Alaska. Skagway sits on the side of a beautiful glacier. Nothing is prettier under the sun.
Branch out from here and visit other areas, like Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada. Skagway is delightful! Skagway is living history! It is fun! Above all, it’s a must-see when you come to Alaska. Check the site below for listings of events and accommodations. We’ll see you in Skagway.
Travel Tour Highlights
One of the highlights of the area is the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The park was created in 1976 and commemorates all the many hopeful prospectors who flooded the area in the late 1800’s. The visitors center is very informative and the hiking trails are awesome. If you feel ambitious, you can hike the famous Chilkoot Trail. This is a 3-5 day hike and not for beginning hikers. The trail is well maintained by the Park Service and is in good condition. You can access the park website below.
Skagway is one of the most exciting port of calls for the cruise ships that go up the Inside Passage to Alaska. For example, you can take this cruise out of either Seattle, USA or Vancouver, Canada with other connections. This is one cruise that I have done twice and no two trips are the same. They are an adventure waiting to happen! You can reserve your cruise on the website below.
Other options are the ferry system that travels up the coast. Book your car, the walk-on, your bike, or even your RV. Similarly, it’s much like booking a train, for instance, you can purchase a sleeping berth also. Furthermore, the ferry ships are smaller than cruise ships and seem to be closer to the shoreline allowing different views. This offers more unique photo opportunities and allows you to see different wildlife.
There are many fantastic day tours available. Some are as little as one day and others can be ten days. Whatever you desire to see and do, Skagway, Alaska is your jumping off point.
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A Quaint Little Fishing Village
The Little Norway of Petersburg Alaska
Petersburg may be a small, quaint, fishing village, but in this small village settled by Norwegians, is a bundle of big adventure. Here in this isolated village, you will see the built-in work ethic of the Scandinavian people. Norwegians built it to resemble Norway, to bring a piece of home to their new Alaskan life. It is a thriving fishing village that is still successful. Not much has changed over the years. In Petersburg, we see what was, what is, and what will be.
Fishing is the main economic resource of the area, but it did not begin with the immigrants from Norway. but rather the Tlingit have been living in the region of Mitkof Island for hundreds of years. Most likely the first experience of the European immigrants when they arrived, in the latter 1800’s, were dealing with the Tlingit Indians. For hundreds of years it was thought that they only had summer fishing camps in the area, but recent archaeological evidence would suggest otherwise. Over the years, the Tlingit haven’t lived much in Petersburg due to an early hostility to all things native. But now, if you walk the streets of Petersburg, you will see a blended culture, but by far the leading culture is Norwegian.
Petersburg received it’s name from Peter Buschmann, one of the Norwegian immigrants. He built the first sawmill, which turned out to be a very successful endeavor and the first cannery. These endeavors grew mightily over the years and finally grew into a small fishing community located at the Northern most end of Mitkof Island, latter known as Petersburg.
Petersburg is located quite close to the LeConte Glacier. Over the years, this has brought a double blessing on this small fishing community. The location of easy ice, the year around, has helped the community grow into the fishing port that it is today. With the ice, came the ability to ship fish south to the mainland, making the community quite prosperous. Even today, this community continues to make it’s living from the sea for the most part. In addition to it’s fishing economy, Petersburg, Leconte Glacier, and the art of the Tlingit natives, has been discovered by the tourists who come on the cruise ships each summer.
Petersburg Fishing Port
This port is the home to the many fishing boats that go out daily. The Bushmann’s Cannery became quite successful and was latter bought by Pacific American Fisheries, a larger company. They owned and ran the cannery until in the 1960s when fishing began to slow down. Then they closed the cannery for the first time since it was built. The community pooled their monies and bought the Petersburg Cannery, which is successful to this day. In the late 70’s the name was changed to Icicle Seafoods. Icicle Seafoods is quite a large company in Alaska, and very successful. The cannery changed hands yet again in 2017, but still thrives in the community. This community revolves around the fishing industry.
Seals Playing On The Buoy
As you leave the Continental United States and then continue through Canadian waters, you are in the open waters of the Inside Passage of Alaska. Sometimes you will see the wilderness of the United States and other times it will be Canada you are looking at. You will even see small hints of yesterday, when Russia was in control. The wilderness is pristine and amazing. You might see bears fishing, moose grazing, or seals at play. When you dock at small seaside villages, you can elect to pan for gold, watch for whales in season, seek out the elders for amazing stories, or immerse yourself in the culture and stories of the Tlingit Indians. The Tlingit have spent generations in this amazing land. They are masters at fishing and hunting, and make their lives connected to the very land and sea that also feeds them. You will see fiords that are barely visible through the morning midst, forests and wilderness so lush and green, and the ice from the glaciers gleaming in the sun. This strange land of the Midnight Sun reaches out and embraces you, calling you by name. And this is just the beginning as you travel the Inside Passage through the wilderness to the last frontier.
The Beautiful Wrangell Narrows
The Wrangell Narrows, in times past, were one of the most dangerous 22 miles on the whole trip up the inside passage. There are miles where the air does not move and often as not, the fog lingers deep and wicked over the area. Now a days there are instruments that take over in time of need, but that was not always the case. This is an area that has made many captains have grey hair before their time. Now, with the help of modern navigation equipment, the trip from the Island of Mitkof and the Island of Kupreanof to Petersburg can be made safely. It is with a spirit of awe, that this spectacular winding and scenic waterway is crossed.
Coming Into The Port Of Petersburg
Petersburg, Alaska is a beautiful port that is sheltered from the extreme storms out on the Narrows by it’s natural geography. It is home to one of the best fishing fleets, the world has to offer. This is a fishing community that makes it’s living from the sea. They recognize the sea in all they do, as the sea is the heartbeat of the community. If you come on the cruise ships or sail your own, everything you need is at the port. Petersburg actually has three modern harbors that are a short walk from downtown. This is perhaps the nicest port in all of Southeast Alaska, and for sure it is the friendliest port of call in Alaska.
Preparing To Dock In The Petersburg, Alaska Harbor
Petersburg, being a shallow port, is not used by the mega cruise ships. The smaller boats, however, call this port home. Cruise ships with less than 250 passengers are regular customers of the port. This actually works out for the best, as it allows the smaller groups of tourists that come, to enjoy a quiet and special one on one type of experience. There is no large invasion of tourists, but only those who come to enjoy this friendly community that sits in the shadow of the Patterson Mountain Peaks.
Some from the larger cruise ships elect to take the ferry across the Narrows to visit this pleasant fishing community. If you enjoy nature, hiking, walking, and biking, there is plenty of opportunity for these experiences. Their are Tlingit craftsman and storytellers wanting to share the stories of this Norwegian fishing village with those who desire to listen. If you are adventurous, and comfortable without being entertained, you will enjoy the freedom of exploring this tiny island.
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry
The 3 hour trip on the ferry one of the adventure of alaska marine highway ferry from Wrangell to Petersburg is breathtaking. You will spend three hours crossing this spectacular Wrangell Narrows with it’s many unique markers for navigation. Arriving at Petersburg, you will find a small fishing village that lives to the beat of the sea. Surrounded by a pristine wilderness, this is the perfect adventure for those who desire a more natural approach to exploration. Here on this remote island, you will find a hidden beauty that is sought out only by a few. Welcome to the shallow Port of Petersburg!
An exciting adventure near Petersburg is a visit to LeConte Bay and the near by ice fields from LeConte Glacier. There are many tours, some by air and others by boat. Both are exciting and have their own advantages. If you have time to do both, they are completely different. What a beautiful view you will have of Devil’s Thumb, LeConte Bay and the immense ice fields from the air. If you elect to view the grandeur of the bay and the icebergs by boat, you will get a whole different view of the Coast Mountain Range the surrounds the LeConte Glacier. As you will be closer at times to the shore, you will see the wildlife and this extremely large glacier up close. As you cross the narrow fjord, you will get an amazing view of the glacier that you will never forget. If time and money allow, it is well worth doing both a tour by air and one by boat. They are two totally different worlds of adventure.
Getting Crab Pots ready for Dungeness Crab Season
It is always a fun experience watching as the fisherman get their crab pots ready during crab season. There is also a fish processing plant in the center of town called Coastal Cold Storage that has a small seafood-restaurant. Hear you will find some of the best and freshest seafood in town.They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Dungeness Crab is some of the best in the world. They will also mail any of their fresh fish home for you. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant, just some of the best seafood that Alaska has to offer.
Fresh Alaskan King Crab And Salmon Feast
While traveling the Inside Passage, or enjoying dinner in port, you will want to try the suburb Alaskan King Crab and Salmon with a Seafood Feast. Every restaurant in the town serves some form of a Seafood Feast. If you have never had fresh Alaskan king Crab, you will be in for a surprise. Even the Salmon is amazing when it comes fresh from the sea. You will find simple places like the Coastal Cold Storage that serve excellent food in a very relaxed atmosphere to Inga’s Gallery that is a roadside cafe with many seafood specialties. There are also two vegetarian friendly restaurants.
Snow-capped Patterson Peaks And Mountain Glaciers
As you look across the Wrangle Narrows you will encounter spectacular snow-capped Patterson Peaks. Surrounding the peaks are some of the beautiful glaciers of Alaska. Here you will discover that Patterson Glacier changes almost daily, so one day you will see more of the peaks and then they will be hidden the next time. This is a breathtaking area that has many climbing opportunities, hiking trails with camping facilities, and up close view of Patterson Glacier. During summer, you can enjoy the beautiful Patterson river. No matter where you decide to explore, there is plenty of adventure in the Tongass National Forest.
Leaving Petersburg For The Return Trip Across The Narrows
Awe, those beautiful and unpredictable Wrangle Narrows. When living on land , when the days are gray and rainy, it gets old fast. A deep sorrow can come over you. With no place to go, you soon become fore-long and despondent. But the constant rainy days of the Wrangle Narrows matters not when on a ship. You are always moving, and changing your location. The mountain is ever changing and the sky is in a constantly in transition. Explosive weather and amazing and changeable skies make any day worth living. This can soon become a sailors paradise. There is nothing you can not do with a good wind, especially a good tail wind.
Then there are places where there is no air moving and soon a deep marine fog sets in. Here the air is heavy and thick, and you can see nothing but the white fog. In years past, these waters became difficult and treacherous quickly. In today’s world, there are instruments that can carry on, no matter how thick the fog. Now, two ships pass, where minutes ago they were on a collusion course. These instruments have opened up the Wrangle Narrows to people who would not travel them before. In this short three hour trip, you will see some of the most beautiful water on earth, with a touch of adventure that will raise your adrenaline to a whole new level.
A Brisk Evening On The Scenic Wrangell Narrows
As you continue across the Wrangle Narrows, look up! The Patterson Peaks are tall and stately with their tips always covered in snow and ice. See the glaciers, as they sparkle on a clear night. Another adventure, a day of exploration comes to a close.
If you are ready for an adventure, then Petersburg is the place to spend some time. Back a bag, and grab your passport, just in case, and take a cruise up the Inside Passage, but don’t forget, to plan a side trip to Petersburg, Alaska’s Little Norway.
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The Little Norway of Petersburg Alaska
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On The Trail Again
With the sights and sounds of the crowds becoming dimmer, the Iditarod Race is on. The mountains loom in the background as the teams forge ahead. Nothing but snow and ice for as far as you can see. The exhilaration is felt as you zoom through the powder and over the ice. Not even a whisper is uttered beyond the sound of your own breath and the noise of the dogs as they plow through all types of ice and snow. The tedious repetition and routine is broken only when a driver speaks to his dogs, or stops to check out the paws of these fearless runners. What a thrill as you run through the greatest wilderness in North America.
The Iditarod is the accumulation of months of mushing over one of the world’s brutalist environments. It is an example of the love between a man and his dogs. It shows the hours of preparation, as the team runs from early in the morning until late at night day after day. There are no summer breaks, just a different type of sled that is used when there is no snow. Only the sound of the wind can be heard beyond the musher as he or she directs their dogs . Beyond the dogs, there is only the sound of your own breath, that is, when it is not frozen in mid-air.
There is so much to learn, for the mushers and their dogs. Children often begin to learn as a young boy or girl. They are a champion in the making. They live, learn, study, and exist for mushing. If their dream is to be realized, it will take many years of trapping, running, and working their dogs, as they learn from the best of the best. Even with all the setbacks that happen in life, if a boy or girl is destined to mush, They will mush. Day after day, they will hear and see only the whispering of the wind, the ice, and the snow. As they learn to become one with their team, and their team becomes one with him. Together they will run some of the wildest trails in North America.
The teams that come to the Iditarod to race have prepared for the world’s greatest competitive event. It is one that is long and rough, with over a 1000 miles of the most magnificent and rugged beauty in the world. It is also some of the wildest beauty. Mother Nature offers up a plate of tall snow covered mountains, frozen rivers and lakes, dense and frozen forests, frozen tundra, and miles and miles of nothing. If that was not enough, the temperatures are way below zero. Mother Nature gives out treacherous winds and blizzards, where there is nothing left to see. The hazards are everywhere, with wicked climbs, many hills and drop offs on one side. This is a race that is only possible in Alaska. It is known as: “The Last Great Race on Earth,”
The racers are unique men and women from all over the world. The are the best of the best. They are trappers, natives, doctors, lawyers, students, artists and more. They are a group with extreme skills, and they come together to test those skills.
THE RACE IS ON!
Glacier Bay Mountains, Alaska
Glacier Bay is ever changing, it is living history, it is resilient, remote, spectacular among glaciers, and one of the most amazing mountain glacier bays in the world. It is a part of the Alaskan homeland, it is a wilderness reserve, a frontier, and a part of the World Heritage Sites. It is a living laboratory, where the glacier and the animals that call it home are studied. It’s location in the Land of the Midnight Sun, makes it unique and special among all the world’s mountain glaciers. It’s colors are amazing and vary from minute to minute. Did you even know that there were so many shades of white and blue? Welcome to the Glacier Bay Mountains!
Glacier Bay National Park is one of the world’s largest and wildest land reserves. The park reserve is bordered by beautiful snow covered mountains, spectacular and large moving glaciers, and forests that are as green as an emerald.The bay below, is a complete marine park welcoming boaters to discover its many inlets, secret harbors, and coves. If you are looking for a water adventure, then there are many ways to explore this magnificent bay.
From the tallest mountain to the sea below, Glacier Bay’s wildness is unique, a complete ecosystem, and extremely remote. This is a land that is almost untouched by human existence. It is a land that is birthing small glaciers into the bay below, constantly on the move, with intriguing and mysterious events. It is a wilderness seldom seen, as only the seasoned explorer has dared to search out her hidden secrets. This is one of the special places that can be found in the land of the midnight sun.
Glacier Bay is a marine sanctuary where hope is alive in every corner of this remote mountain paradise. Here you will discover hidden wisdom, as this piece of wilderness in the remote parts of Alaska bring hope and peace to a world that has neither. Hope for tomorrow and the wisdom to make it happen. The Tlingit Tribe call this constantly moving glacier a part of their ancestral homeland. Here, in this amazing place they find inspiration as they make their livelihood from the sea. Artists find inspiration to draw, paint, and create treasures that they share with travelers who see value in their spectacular treasures.
This is a land of change, that only those who truly are willing to leave the comforts of life will ever discover. Here you will see marine and land animals that are seldom seen by outsiders. This is a world where silence offers unique opportunities to see sights and sounds that few have ever heard. If you have the resilience needed to discover this remote land of spacious grandeur, then Alaska bids you come. There are many tours that will take you way back into the backcountry surrounding Glacier Bay. You will uncover it’s secrets and see it’s hidden beauty. This is one of the amazing adventures waiting for you in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
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Fresh Alaskan Salmon is cooked in every concievable way. You will find it baked, grilled, fried, and steamed. Salmon chowder is scrumptous. There is nothing like a bowl of chowder on a cold winter day. But of all the ways that Salmon is cooked, the most popular, are the Salmon Bakes. No matter if you are on a cruise ship, or just need to get out after a long winter, nothing tops the Salmon Bakes.
Alaskan King Crab is fished during the fall of the year off the coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The harvest is shipped throughout the world. Alaskan King Crab is also known as Red King Crab plus it has several other names known by different Alaskan Tribes.
Though Clam Chowder is perhaps the best loved of the chowders, one can not forget some of the others like Potato Chowder, Corn Chowder, or Salmon Chowder. In the Pacific Northwest there is a chowder for everyone. Chowder is almost always served with Sourdough Bread. Nothing tops keeping a fresh starter in the kitchen. Most restaurants always have Sourdough Bread on the menu.
Mid-day, as you tire from combing the famous Southern California Beaches, why not catch a bite of lunch and taste another favorite, the Crab Louie Salad. It’s a mouthwatering lunchen treat.
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