Weather: Partly Cloudy & 58
Well this week we drove into Anchorage for a couple of days as I had a job interview in town. We stayed with our friends the McMillans those two nights and certainly enjoyed our time there. Thanks to them and their family for their hospitality and kindness.
Today we left Anchorage around 9:30 and started our drive home around Turnagan Arm. We stopped several times along the way to see the bay and to take pictures as the clouds were low and the sun was shining through. Once we were halfway around the arm, we stopped by the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center where we got to see Caribou, Moose Ox, Buffalo, Brown Bears, Moose, Reindeer, Bald Eagles & a Lynx. Everyone had a good time at the center and enjoyed seeing the animals. From there we headed through the Portage valley where we got to see the Portage Glacier and Portage Lake. After a stop at the lake, we traveled on to the Whittier Tunnel. This tunnel is the longest in the US at 2.5 miles and is one lane. Vehicles travel in one direction every 30-45 minutes and the tunnel is shared not only with vehicle traffic from both sides but also trains. It was an interesting experience and an interesting drive. Once through the tunnel, we arrived at the town of Whittier. Whittier is a very small version of Homer, with a small port and a a few small shops and restaurants. While we were there we ate and walked around for a while taking pictures and looking and the incredible views. After leaving Whittier we head home on the Seward Highway making just a couple of more stops to take pictures of a waterfall and a couple of different rainbows. All in all in good trip to Anchorage and nice trip home. Below are the links to all the pictures we took during the day. We hope you enjoy!
Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center:
Fall is certainly in the air as the leaves here in AK have already begun to change. My understanding is this will last only 2-3 weeks before the leaves will be gone and the early signs of winter will arrive. Tomorrow, we hope to attend our first Fall Festival of the year over in Kenai with our friends the Burrows. We are looking forward to it and hope to have more pictures to share.
God Bless & Safe Travels!