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Whale Hunters September 29, 2009

Ok, so if you missed it, I would totally suggest* that you check out Whale Hunters by the National Geographic Channel.  I like that the documentary makers didn’t seem to “pretty up” any of the facts about the lifestyle of the Inupiat Eskimos that hunt the bowhead whales that pass near Point Barrow each year.  Check it out if you can….

*If you are a seriously squeamish sort, this suggestion isn’t so much for you.

 

Random Things I’ve Learned On This Trip September 23, 2009

In no particular order:
1.)    I’ve learned that the past decade plus of being mostly alone has not prepared me well for a cross-country trip with my parents.
2.)    Canada is big.  I mean, really big.  Folks from the US have no appreciation of just how big our neighbor to the North (or the West depending on location) really is.  Let me tell you folks, it is big.  I thought that where I grew up was big because we had to travel 45 minutes to go to a shopping mall.  I have met more people in the last week that going to shop at a Wal-Mart means staying at a hotel overnight.
3.)    Swimming pools with water slides are really big in the plains of Canada.
4.)    I am not used to eating 3 meals a day.  If I fit into my pants by the end of this trip I will be utterly amazed.
5.)    Pizza with scotch is good!
6.)    Mountain Dew in Canada is caffeine free.  Sort of defeats the purpose in my opinion.
7.)    Driving to Alaska is very cool.  However, I wish that I could fly back….
8.)    Hotel heating and cooling is inexplicably incomprehensible.
9.)    I now know where I get my lack of patience.
10.)    Wildlife is much bigger in the wild.
11.)    I do get hit on more in areas of a higher guy/girl ratio like Alaska, the Yukon or Iowa State University.
12.)    Sometimes yelling does work quite well, especially if you don’t do it very often.
13.)    Scotch enjoyed with sour cream and chives Pringles is also pretty good!
14.)    Just because a hotel comes with a breakfast and costs more than $150 a night in the middle or nowhere doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to hear the guy in the room next to you fart in his sleep.
15.)    Driving in a train tunnel is nerve wreaking.
16.)    The Alaska Marine Highway rocks!
17.)    Wolverines are badasses.  Don’t mess with a wolverine.
18.)    It’s nice when you have one parent who is nearly deaf and another who really doesn’t care what kind of music you listen to when you are driving late at night and suddenly are overcome with a penchant for some industrial.
19.)    South Dakota’s offical state motto should be, “South Dakota, not nearly as boring as North Dakota.”  (I know, like I can speak, I’m from Iowa for God’s sake!)

 

Travel Insanity Tour (Alaska) Day 13 September 11, 2009

Today we drove from Anchorage down to Homer and then on to Seward.  It was sort of rainy and windy most of the day.  We saw the water down there and took a few pictures.  It was a lot of driving and not a lot of stopping to tell you the truth.  Here are some of the photos I took today…

Tidal flats outside of Anchorage

Tidal flats outside of Anchorage

One of the many glaciers that we saw today

One of the many glaciers that we saw today

What a great view!

What a great view!

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Land's End, Homer Alaska

Land's End, Homer Alaska

The pebble beach at Land's End

The pebble beach at Land's End

Our hotel here at Seward is right on the water by the marina.  I will take pictures tomorrow when it is light.  It’s probably more interesting then anyway:-)

Travel Knitting:  A couple of rows of the lace stole.

 

Travel Insanity Tour (Alaska) Day 12 September 9, 2009

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So, not a lot to write about.  Everything that we tried to go see today was closed.  Either for the season or for a special event.  The one thing that I was really looking forward to was going to the Botanical gardens and they were closed for a big thing for the United Way volunteers.

Sigh.

So we went shopping.

(You know how it is….)

Travel Knitting:  What travel knitting?

 

Travel Insanity Tour (Alaska) Day 10

Today we took a 12 hour tour of Denali National Park in which resides Mt. McKinley, the 2nd tallest mountain in the world.  Since it is doubtful (at this point in time at least) that I will ever see Everest, this is a pretty big deal for me.  And see it we did!  The mountain was totally clear for most of the morning.  The reason that this is important is that they estimate that only a quarter of people who come to see it get to see any of it.  The peaks or the middle, not even the whole thing.  We got to see the whole thing from top to bottom and it was amazing.  Plus, we saw nearly every animal that the park has to offer, including a dozen grizzly bears, caribou, a big bull moose, a red fox, rock sheep and snowshoe hares.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves on this one.

A Large Male Moose getting ready for mating season.

A Large Male Moose getting ready for mating season.

The tundra landscape of Denali

The tundra landscape of Denali

Another male moose with 2 females already in tow

Another male moose with 2 females already in tow

Mist on the tundra

Mist on the tundra

A group of Dall Sheep very far away on a hill side

A group of Dall Sheep very far away on a hill side

A momma grizzly and her cub

A momma grizzly and her cub

A closer shot of that duo

A closer shot of that duo

Mama looking for berries.

Mama looking for berries.

Believe it or not, this is the cub.  Grizzly bears care for their cubs for over 2 years!

Believe it or not, this is the cub. Grizzly bears care for their cubs for over 2 years!

A couple of Mountain Sheep Rams

A couple of Mountain Sheep Rams

The same guys.

The same guys.

Do I really need to caption this?  A wolf, and quite close!

Do I really need to caption this? A wolf, and quite close!

What are you looking at people?!?!?!?

What are you looking at people?!?!?!?

A group of Caribou

A group of Caribou

Another mama Grizzly and her two cubs

Another mama Grizzly and her two cubs

Mt. McKinley

Mt. McKinley

This is normally how obscured the mountain is.

This is normally how obscured the mountain is.

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Travel Knitting: Once again, zero.

 

Travel Insanity Tour Day 9 September 7, 2009

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So, not a lot to write about for today.  We slept-in (well, as sleeping-in as my mother can which is about 7am) and checked-out of our hotel.  The drive down to Denali is relatively short only a 100+ scenic miles.  We then found out where our bus tour leaves tomorrow and went shopping in, what the locals call, the “Glitter Gulch” which is where there are a lot of fancy resorts, a great many of which seem to be run by the cruise ship operators.

Then we hunted down our hotel which is very cool, with the offices being in an old train car.  I then left mom and dad at the hotel and I drove down the road to a nice campground and did laundry again (I really hate carrying dirty laundry around!).  There I met some folks from Homested, FL who were up here for a few weeks as well as some nice folks from Anchorage who had two little mini doxies that I got to love on for a few minutes (one looked just like Weezy except with slightly longer fur [go figure, she lives in Alaska!]).   No pictures today as I was driving or shopping most of the time I was awake!  Boring day I know, but you have to have one of those once in a while!

Travel Knitting: Nada