Alaska

48 hours in Juneau – avoiding the crowds!

48 hours in Juneau – avoiding the crowds!

With just two days to explore Juneau we weren’t going to waste a minute! First on our list was scaling Mt Roberts to get a bird’s eye view of Alaska’s capital. We had intended to ride the tramway to the peak, but James unearthed a clever alternative.  You can pay US$32 each for the short tram

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Alaska – my top 20 tips!

Alaska – my top 20 tips!

Alaska is truly the last frontier. It lived up to every dream we held for it and then some. As always when we travel we like to share a few tips with you that we learnt along the way! My Tips You will need to get yourself an ESTA, an American Visa. You can apply

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It’s a bear day in Eagle River Alaska

It’s a bear day in Eagle River Alaska

“Mother bear and two cubs, out the front of the house.” Our host’s voice rings out clearly in the silent early morning house. We are out of bed and over to the window in seconds. Nothing, so we tumble downstairs to meet our hosts in the kitchen. There the five of us stand in our

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It’s birds and bears in Sitka, Alaska

It’s birds and bears in Sitka, Alaska

You may have noticed a theme running strongly through my blog. Animals. When ever we get a whiff of a good animal experience we just have to check it out, and in Sitka we found two. The Alaska Raptor Centre and the Fortress of the Bear. The Raptor Centre was established back in 1980, in

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Kroeshel Wildlife Centre, Haines Alaska

Kroeshel Wildlife Centre, Haines Alaska

“Now I want you to howl. Loud as you like. Letting all the tension out.” And like a good little group we follow orders and howl. “Feels good doesn’t it?” encourages Steve. And yes it does actually! Just as we are all really getting into it another voice joins us. A quite different voice. Isis

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Wrangell Alaska, off the cruise boat trail!

Wrangell Alaska, off the cruise boat trail!

Six hours sailing on the Alaskan Marine Highway ferry from the busy port of Ketchikan brings us to Wrangell. A laid back little town of just over 2,000, where the locals stop whenever you go to cross the road. Not because it is law but because “you should never be in that much of a

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Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city

Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city

As the jet noses through the clouds we are afforded our first sight of Alaska.  The scene is one of pine trees hugging a rugged coastline and calm steel grey water. If I crane my neck I can see through the opposite window the first houses of Ketchikan. Wooden houses, some log cabins, some grand

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