Humpback Whale in Seward, Alaska

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Humpback Whale in Seward

Seward residents have been treated to a visiting Humpback Whale for the past week.  This isn’t one of those whales you can barely see looking South out the bay.  No, this whale has been coming right up to the head of the bay and swimming close to town, and even near the cruiseship dock!  We have seen it on four different days this week from our office – whale watching is sure a nice break from key-wording!  Yesterday there was a pretty big crowd of cars and locals watching.  I think it is pretty cool to see people stopping and still getting excited about a whale swimming by considering most residents of Seward have probably seen a lot of whales over the years.Read More

Two big thumbs up for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team!

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Bodie Miller

The U.S. Alpine Ski team has been in Alaska this past week for the U.S. Alpine National Championships.  I didn’t make it this year, but my sister and her family did.  She said the skiers were awesome, taking the time to pose for photos and to autograph my nieces’ and nephew’s ski jackets and helmets.  Not just the B teamers, but the biggest stars like Bodie Miller and Julia Mancuso – two of the best skiers in the world!  My sister now has a cool family photo with Bodie Miller in it!  Read More

McCarthy Road, Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska.

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McCarthy Road

Of the two roads into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the McCarthy Road is definitely the most popular – and for a few good reasons.  For one, the road itself is more interesting and exciting.  I think you can see that in today’s photo.  This is where the road crosses a one lane bridge 238 feet above the Kuskulana River.  This bridge is actually an old railroad bridge built back in 1910 in order to haul copper from the Kennicott Mines  That leads me to another reason this road is popular; the history of the area, in particular, the mine and mill buildings in Kenecott and McCarthy.  Finally, the McCarthy Road brings you closer to and provides better views and access to the dramatic Wrangell Mountains.  Read More