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Old 07-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #421
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Great pics! Sounds like the trip is going great. Coach running well? Things fine down here in the lower 48. All the best, J & M
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:24 PM   #422
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Great pics! Sounds like the trip is going great. Coach running well? Things fine down here in the lower 48. All the best, J & M
Hi Mike, Thanks, Irene does take some great pics, the problem is picking a few to post. The coach is doing fine making that rattling marble sound going down the highway.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:59 PM   #423
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This is our very first ice berg sighting, Portage Lake.

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Today we go to Whittier. It was used by the military as an ice free port for supplies during the war. Only problem is they couldn't get to it because of a mountain in the way. So they dug a 2 1/2 mile long tunnel big enough to run a train through it. Many years later they decided to allow cars and trucks through the tunnel. It is controlled by a computer and allows trains one way for 15 minutes, then cars and trucks single file for 15 minutes, then trains 15 minutes the other way, then cars and trucks 15 minutes the other way. The next hour same again. It operates from 5:30 AM until 11:30 PM. This is the entrance.

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As you leave the staging area traffic is metered like a freeway on ramp. Speed limit is 25 mph and cars are spaced 100' apart. RV's and trucks are spaced 500' apart and buses 1600' apart. Motorcyclists must wear helmets, not required in Alaska, and convertibles must have the top up. No pedestrians or bicycles.

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And we exit the tunnel. Yes it is a toll tunnel. It should have cost us $20 but the ticket girl fell in love with Rascal and charged us the car rate of $12 round trip.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:29 PM   #424
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Entering Whittier. There are 254 residents and I believe many more boats than that.

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It seems people from other areas keep boats here to be able to fish in Prince William Sound.

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There are very nice marinas and a handful of shops.

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The lady that runs this shop has a pet reindeer.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:39 PM   #425
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Meet Jolie.

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This is the Coast Guard Office/caboose.

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This is the shipping area. The building to the right is abandoned military housing, it had 1000 apartments.

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This is another military housing that has been converted to civilian apartments and currently has about 290 units. It is the main housing in town.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:51 PM   #426
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This is another military building converted to civilian housing. We only saw a few single family home on the far side of town, everybody seems to live in the apartments.

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The large abandoned building.

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Looking across the bay.

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The town.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:57 PM   #427
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This is our campsite in Whittier. More dry camping.

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We were right next to this stream coming right out of the glaciers above us.

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We also found this nice little park at the far end of town.

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This stream was crystal clear.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:01 AM   #428
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Leaving Whittier we re-enter the tunnel.

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Back to our ice berg.

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It is sitting right in front of the visitor center for the lake/glacier. At first Irene thought it was a model on display but I thought otherwise. Actually I think it floated too close to the beach and is now stuck aground.

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A small chunk that floated ashore. Kind of interesting structure.

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This ice berg fascination might seem silly to some but remember Irene and I both grew up and lived in Los Angeles so seeing an ice berg is big stuff for us.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:05 AM   #429
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This area used to be the city of Portage. It was destroyed in the earthquake of 1964. This entire area was under 10' of water which killed these trees.

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This is our next stop.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:12 AM   #430
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It is kind of neat to watch the elk swim across the pond.

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Something must have caught their eye.

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The next generation.

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I'm not exactly sure what her problem is.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:17 AM   #431
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Next we have musk ox.

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They are certainly interesting looking beasts.

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And also very shaggy.

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The little guy at nap time.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:22 AM   #432
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And we must have bear.

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Everybody around here is big into naps.

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The local black bear.

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Black bear from above. The have an elevated cat walk that goes through the bear pen.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:28 AM   #433
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They called these guys Wood Bison. They are near extinct and they are raising these guys to be released into the wild next year.

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They to can be very shaggy.

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This guy was enjoying the scratching post.

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And we must have young ones.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:33 AM   #434
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Then we have the mighty moose.

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This guy was chowing down. They said a moose eats 50 lbs. of brush and twigs a day.

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They also enjoy a break.

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Seems to be nap time for the elk too.

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