Month: August 2019

Let’s go to Alaska

Note – if you arrived here via a link we provided to read about our Seward & Kenai Fjords Adventure, you will find a link at the bottom of each post that takes you to the next post in the series.

We’ve already teased you with some of our Alaska trip, but it is time to start the chronological review of the trip. We do this as much for ourselves, as for friends and family. It is fun to go back and review years later.

Our flights were long but smooth. We arrived in Anchorage around 6pm and taxied to The Hotel Captain Cook. This is a very nice hotel, and one we would stay in again (we did stay later in the week, but I mean on a future trip). We headed up to the Lounge at the top of the Hotel, where we had our traditional celebratory toast to the start of the trip.

Here is a view of Anchorage from the top of the hotel. Remember this, because I will share another pic at the end of the week.

We had to be up and out of the Hotel before 5 AM the next morning to catch the Alaska RR train to Seward. Check out our baggage … we always give the kids a hard time about their luggage. We outdid them, but it does include two photo bags.

We already shared photos from the train, but here is one we missed. Taken when we went down to have breakfast in the dining car … Lou and his usual early morning happy traveler face 🙂

Will pick up the next episode in Seward, as we prepare to set sail for a four day tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Click HERE to see the next post about our Alaska Adventure. Note – I am backtracking you to our Alaska RailRoad trip from Anchorage to Seward, but after that you can come back to Seward.

Arrived home Safely !!!

We just made it home this afternoon, right on schedule. Basically two long days of travel but all went smoothly. Many thanks to Teresa for holding down the fort and watching the dogs.

I will be updating photos soon. I wasn’t able to upload to the blog during the trip, because of limited bandwidth, but I will share one photo from the start of our Bear Viewing Adventure. Stay tuned to see more of our exciting time at Silver Salmon Creek.

Alaska Adventure 2019 … Day 1

We were up before 4am to get ready for our 6:45am train departure to Seward. Not as bad as it sounds, since we have a four hour time difference between Alaska and Maine. We were one of the first to arrive at the Train Depot … surprise!

We had good views from the dome car, as well as a nice covered open area in the back. Our trip included breakfast in the dining car, which turned out to be good. The total trip was less than 4 hours. We enjoyed it, but both agreed it wasn’t necessarily better than our previous trips on the Alaska RR. We often read reviews saying the Anchorage to Seward leg is the best … but we liked Fairbanks to Denali. More photos when we get home, but a few for now:

We checked into our hotel, then grabbed the shuttle back to town. We had a delicious lunch (halibut chunks for me, a hamburger for Lou), Lou bought a fishing license, and we checked out the small boat harbor. We found the boat we will be on tomorrow, and met our Captain.

I doubt we will have internet access for the next four days, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us … although I do keep hearing the theme to Gilligan’s Island. We have the Professor, the Captain, and … not sure if I get to be Mary Ann or Ginger.

Click HERE to read an overview of our trip, and then we will arrive in Seward. .


A long travel day – over 16 hours. We are an hour outside of Seattle. A short layover then one more flight to Anchorage. My travel partner has slept most of the way 🙂

Packed & Ready to Go!

We’ve been packing leisurely over the last few days. Mostly concentrating on camera and electronics stuff … remember the days when you simply packed a book for entertainment?

We go to Portland tonight to stay overnight at the Hilton near the airport, then catch our 6am Flight tomorrow. If all goes well, we arrive in Anchorage at 6 pm.

This photo was taken at Machias Seal Island in Maine, a few years ago. We hope to see Puffins and more on the first part of our adventure … a boat trip through Kenai Fjords National Park.

Before getting to Seward for our charter boat trip, we have to get from Anchorage to Seward … and we will be doing that on the Alaska Railroad. This is a chance to take the leg of the trip we’ve not done before (having previously done Fairbanks – Denali – Anchorage). You-know-who is excited about the train.