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College Glacier, Alaska #travel

College Glacier, Alaska

This is a portion of the College Glacier in Alaska. We were able to get quite close and witnessed a calving, which is where a hunk of ice falls into the water. This was taken before the calving and you could hear the ice crack and shift then it toppled.

Floating Ice

We sailed past chunks of floating ice, some a pretty blue.

Glacier

And this is me bundled up against the cold on the approach to the glacier. It’s a beautiful part of the world with pristine water and air and gorgeous scenery.

Mush! Dog Sledding Mendenhall Glacier #travel

JuneauDogSledding

This was my trip highlight. We flew by helicopter to the top of the Mendenhall glacier and then went sledding. Amazing! Absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to do it again. This is hubby saying hello to one of the sled dogs.

Fishing in Haines, Alaska

During our recent trip to Alaska, one thing Mr Munro wanted to see was a bear catching a salmon. This was one of his bucket list items, and he’d talked about it for months.

I’m pleased to report that we saw several bears fishing. This particular excursion was to Haines in Alaska and we caught the ferry from Skagway. It’s a beautiful spot with forest and rivers and is also on the coast.

Haines Shelley

Me, during a forest walk.

Haines Alaska

One of the many dead salmon on the river after the spawning.

Haine Bear

A bear coming down to fish at the river.

Haine Bear Fishing

And a fishing bear. We watched her fish for ages. She’d catch a salmon and take it into the bushes to eat in peace then repeat the process while we tourists went oh and ah and took photos.

Mr Munro was able to check this off his bucket list.

The Alaskan Totem Poles

Totem Pole

We saw lots of cool totem poles while in Vancouver and Alaska. Totem poles are not religious in nature but tell the story of local families, the way they connect and their different rights within the family group. Sometimes they can be used to mock or berate a family or family member who has done something wrong.

Before the arrival of the white man, totem poles tended to be smaller, but with the availability of metal tools, the carvers became more ambitious and the totem poles much taller.

One thing I found interesting is that once a pole is erected it isn’t maintained, but is left to rot. It will be removed if it poses a danger and some topple during winter storms. The poles last for between 60 to 100 years.

We have similar poles in New Zealand, and I did a post about them earlier. You can find the post on pouwhenua here.

Alaska, A Slice of Paradise

Today I’m turning back the clock and making a return trip to Alaska. I loved Alaska. It reminded me of a frontier town – how I imagine America used to be before it became settled. The scenery is gorgeous, the towns few and far between and the locals are friendly, especially if you’re a female. Ladies, if you’re looking for a husband there are lots of single men in Alaska!

We spent about two weeks in Alaska. We traveled down to the Kenai Peninsula then up to Denali National Park and up as far as Fairbanks. We also did a cruise down the coast to take in some of the towns only accessible via water.

I have memories of HUGE mosquitoes (laughingly referred to as the state bird) and long, long days. In Fairbanks, hubby and friends played golf at midnight because it never got dark.

Along the way, we stopped at towns that were dots on the map and full of friendly locals. From memory wet T-shirt competitions were very popular in the pubs.

Here are a selection of photos:

Glacier Alaska

This is Bear Glacier. I love the blue ice. Very pretty.

Ketchikan Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska. This town is only accessible by boat.

Anchorage Fishing

A salmon fishing contest in Anchorage.

Anchorage Salmon

A determined angler with his prize, Anchorage.

Hyder Alaska

Hyder, a small town near the border with Canada.

Hyder ghost Town

Bears, Alaska

Bears, near Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Not far from Alaskan border.

Mr Munro and I hope to make a return trip one day. It’s a beautiful spot.

Have you ever visited Alaska? Have the desire to visit?