USA: Alaska – Wild and Beautiful XIII
Today, for the first time, is our "reveille" later than usual. Our photo-expedition ends. It remains only to buy some souvenirs, pack our things and prepare for our way back home tomorrow.
3. 9. 2011
Anchorage; Seward Highway; poloostrov Kenai; Turnagain Arm; Cookův záliv; Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Anchorage is by far the largest city in Alaska. It has a population of 300,000. That makes almost 40% of the whole population in Alaska. Next to Fairbanks is another unofficial capital, an important transport hub and a major port.
The program for the day is not strictly determined. We moved off from the town on the Seward Highway, which runs along the shore of the Turnagain Arm Gulf . The narrow bay is about 70 km long is one of two arms of a the huge Cook’s Bay.and is one of two massive arms extended Cook Inlet. After a while my colleagues longing to get to the town make a turn a get back. We continue on to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center that reminds me of a small zoo, because the staff there helps injured animals.
First locals we see are hefty buffalos. We move to a place where a huge elk occurs. He is very calm and rests close to a fence. A run of wapiti follows. A deer seems to be just in rut. An intense roaring spreads in the whole park. He proudly rises his pride and starts running to a deer doe. Amazing experience! We are nearing the end of our tour. Few moments before we leave the center we encounter baby Brown bears and take a look into few aviaries where are the Bald Eagles.
We have spent here a lot of time and it is time we get back to Anchorage. On Dášas recommendation we stop in a pleasant souvenir shop. In the shop are mostly things made by locals from natural materials. After we finished our shopping we get back to a hotel to have our last supper in Alaska. The day ends. Our sojourn in Alaska ends. We are going to pack our things and get ready to our tomorrow’s flight home.
4. 9. 2011
Anchorage; Portland; Amsterdam
We get up very early again because our flight from Anchorage is at 7 o’clock. We have about 24 hours of flight ahead. Due to a time zones we take off on September 4 and we will arrive in Prague on September 5. We will changes our planes twice, first in Portland and second in Amsterdam. Our voyage is without any problems, except for exhaustion!
My diary ends here. I have tried to tell you about a beautiful land I have visited. Alaska enchanted me and not only fulfilled my expectations but even surpassed them.
Text and photo: Magdaléna Radostová
My trip to Alaska actually started long time before departure. Why Alaska, if beautiful places are really a lot? To fill my dream of travelling has helped me realize my father, an avid hunter, who for 20 years has travelled almost the whole world.
In the last part we visited Universal Studios Theme Park. It was, indeed, a glorious experience. So going to Idaho could seem little bit boring.
In the last article devoted to the United States we have learned something about Alcatraz, a former maximum security prison. Now we move from the Rock and have a glimpse at one of the most distinct cities in the US.
There are many natural parks in the United States. Maybe you think of Yosmite, Wrangell-St.Elias (the largest US park) or Denali.
Previous articles had to demonstrate you the atmosphere a visitor can feel in the United States. Today we will hit the streets of the most important city in the Pacific Northwest.
I went to a trip to Niagara Falls together with my three au-pair colleagues near the end of my two-year stay in the US. It is an unwritten tradition to visit the Niagaras if you are an au-pair in New York. I haven’t met anyone who didn’t visit the falls or at least wasn’t going to.
I had visited Washington D. C. during my two-year stay in the US. I had spent there three days for I considered it a duty to visit the city not only for it is the US capital but also for its vicinity. It is about 250 miles/400 kilometers from New York.
Historical landmarks make Boston interesting, indeed, but there are other places one shouldn’t miss. Only then his/her visit will be complete. These places are charming and have their unique atmosphere. Despite thousands of tourists visit them every year, everyone can enjoy them.
The next day we are going to the port town of Seward, on the way we stop at wild river and this day will finish by exploring the Research Centre of the marine ecosystem of Alaska.
The following day is dedicated to the rocky landscape of ice - Kenai Fjords National Park.
To explore the Katmai Island we have only one day – today. This is why we plan everything carefully and try to avoid every loss of time. Do you know what to do when suddenly a bear appears in front of you? You have to keep proper distance, don’t look him in the eyes, don’t run – a bear is certainly faster than you – and talk to him with calm voice and slowly move backwards. Regardless all advice it is still better, however, to avoid encounter with a bear.
The Tangle Lakes area is a popular camping site. In the region are many fishermen who enjoy their hobby. Tangle of lakes and rivers which going through a hilly landscape offer enough opportunities to catch fish. Today you will enjoy beautiful panoramas.
We meet at 8 o’clock for breakfast. Concerning our late arrival yesterday we choose our program of the day just now. It has been decided. We leave Fairbanks and continue to Chena Hot Springs to its thermal springs.
According to the original plan we had to rest, however, after mutual agreement we decide to only pass through Fairbanks and continue to Yukon. If we are lucky, we will conquer the Arctic Circle.
Today's visit of Denali park will take as all day (or rather few days). We were provided with tickets in advance and we are accommodated close to the park, so we can be in place in time, preferably in the first row to have the best view.
Today awaits us a long crossing from Hatcher Pass to the Denali National Park. If we travel without a pause, we would need at least 4 hours.
Several attempts of seeing another eagles was little successful, but towards the saddle of green hills our paths crossed a moose lady.
The next day we will expect gold digger paradise and muskoxen and reindeer farm.
On highway, that follows the Seward Highway - the main road of the peninsula, we are going to the protected wilderness areas of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. But first - visit the musher´s family and their shaggy sled dogs.
The next day we addict to knowledge about bald and brown eagle.
Today we will move from McCarthy to Valdez. As I said before, major part of the road was built on former railroad Copper River and Northwestern Railway. Services here are really minimal and there is no gas station.
I have been telling myself for several times that there is nothing better than this place. Such a romantic place… there couldn’t be greater romance. But better comes on the following days, another experiences and again totally fantastic landscape, accommodation… well, it’s just great!
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