Tuesday, July 28, 2009
So here we sit in the common area of Robert Service Campground in Whitehorse, Yukon. We woke up in Tok, Alaska and drove the roughly 8 hours here today – as soon as we left the costal region of Alaska, where the rain was forcast to continue for 10 more days it turned sunny and warm. It seems as if it does in fact rain in the temperate rain forest…go figure. There is a fire ban in Whitehorse due to the long lived heat wave that has been going on here.
Our last day in Seward we hiked to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park and got just about as close as you can get without actually falling in a crevice. They have roped off the side of the glacier (the toe is flooded) because of unstable ice mass and the potential for falling ice. It was beautiful, however, and the rain held off for the most part so it was a relatively dry trip.
Other than that it has been just driving. Oh, and I visited a Target before we left Anchorage and scored all the pet hair removal products you can’t get in Canada (see prior blog entry regarding my disdain). I think that has been the most excited I’ve been for the entire time we were here, which is so very, very sad.
Today we just went for a walk around Whitehorse, which is a very nice town. We then went to the world’s longest functioning wooden fish ladder to see where the salmon, grayling, and other fish spawn around the dam in the Yukon River. I was a bit disappointed that we’re in the middle of salmon runs (the silver salmon were just starting their run at the coast when we left and haven’t reached this far inland yet). We did see some long-nosed suckers (yay) and grayling in the fish ladder so I wasn’t quite as sad.
The internet connection is ridiculously slow here, so I don't think I will be able to powst many pictures, but I will do more when I have the chance.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
My Puffin Friend
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- Getting on our Ferry, the Matanuska and sailing up the interior for two nights and one (and a bit) days
- Whale watching on the ferry (Humpback and Orca). The Humpbacks were flipping their tails and the Orcas were actually jumping out of the water and "talking" to us
- Visiting the Chilkoot Bald eagle preserve, where we found no bald eagles.
- Visiting Crow Creek Mine where we panned for gold. There was no gold in them there hills.
- Going to see the new Harry Potter and go to the Glacier Brew house in Anchorage
- Chasing a Bald eagle down the beach on the Kenai Peninsula, where we are now.
We're headed out on a wildlife "cruise" tomorrow with Kenai Fjords National park, and it should be breathtaking - there is talk of whales, stellar sea lions, eagles, and Puffins. We'll see how many of those things we actually get to see... Also we're going to get our fishing licenses today I think to try and snag some of the Pink salmon that are starting their runs in the last day or so.
We haven't had cell service here for a few days, so if anyone needs to get a hold of us, just email as we have free WiFi for a couple days.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So we’re in Prince Rupert waiting to catch our ferry at 3:30 PM, lurking around finding unsecured WiFi again. Last night we camped at Kleanza Creek Provincial campground, and it was amazing. Virtually it was a rain forest – everything was covered in moss and it was dead quiet except for the creek running through it.
We drove for a total of 10 hours yesterday from Tumbler ridge to just an hour and a half outside of Prince Rupert (where we camped); it was a long day but made today very stress free.
Before leaving TR we went to Flatbed falls and I got to see where Darryl and his friends used to jump off the falls into the river when they were young. I won’t be doing that any time soon! More to come from the ship I’m sure… We also visited the Dinosaur Museum, which is located in the gymnasium of Darryl’s old elementary school. It was interesting – they’ve found three types of prints so far and some fossilized fish, plants, etc… Very good for the donation based fee they ask for when you enter.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Update pics on the garden. It's been slow to start and slow to grow due to the cold dry weather. Hopefully things will pick up here soon...