alaska and seattle: resources

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alaska: wildlife

Alaska has people. Alaska also has wild things. I liked both. The top bald eagle was wild, lurking in the trees at the Alaska Rainforest Center. He kept turning away from me and I might have threatened to fight him if he didn’t look at me, you can’t prove anything. The bottom two birds were…

alaska: skagway

Skagway was great. It was an early docking, and we only had an afternoon excursion – next time back we will definitely make a trip to both the Slide Cemetery and Jewell Gardens – and it was the only day where I almost felt we had enough time. We did go dog-sledding in Skagway, though,…

alaska: landscapes and nature

When asked once what she believed in, she had replied with perfect honesty, “The earth.” She did, she believed in its ability to nurture her, to sustain her, to challenge her; she believed in its ability to bury her in the end.– Dana Stabenow, “Midnight Come Again”

alaska: juneau

Juneau is another place I’d like to spend more time, because our time there was mostly (enjoyably!) consumed by our excursion. It’s the fifth smallest state capital in the US (which four are smaller? Keep reading!) and the only one that is not accessible by road at all – boat or plane only, and if…

alaska: tracy arm fjord

Spot the whale! Wednesday morning, very early, we spent cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord. Tracy Arm was created by the movement of Sawyer Glacier, and let me just say, unless you’re right on them, glaciers are weird. Unless you’re right on top of them, they look oddly like discolored styrofoam. Like, Carls, remember the stuff…

alaska: dog sledding

“Something else I’ve always wondered,” Kate pursued, “why is it that when Rick Swenson mushes into a blizzard to win the Iditarod he’s fearless and heroic, but when Libby Riddles does the same thing she’s reckless and foolhardy?” – Dana Stabenow, A Cold-Blooded Business The one thing Trav wanted to do on our trip –…

alaska: ketchikan

Ketchikan, our first stop, is and has always been primarily a salmon town. But it’s a salmon town with a lot of nature. Our excursion here took us to the Alaska Rainforest Gardens (did you know Alaska has a rainforest? Second largest in the world, after the Amazon – the Tongass National Forest touched all…

seattle: seattle aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium was absolutely phenomenal – one of the best I’ve ever been in, and I’m an aquarium connoisseur, and just so totally different from East Coast aquariums, which was a breath of fresh air. It’s much larger than it seems from the outside, beautifully designed and flowing well, and full of things I’d…

seattle: chihuly glass garden

The Chihuly Glass Garden was so stunningly lovely, so powerful, that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to cry or explode in a million pieces. Maybe both.