Tag: Alaska

TAKE A VIRTUAL JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHEAST ALASKA 

TAKE A VIRTUAL JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHEAST ALASKA 

If you thought about cruising through the Inside Passage up to Southeast Alaska this year that idea may not float.

About 70% of scheduled cruises to Alaska in 2020 have been cancelled already, meaning 800,000 passengers won’t be making the trip this year.

Of course, you need not hop aboard a cruise ship to travel from the “Lower 48” to “Southeast” as the Alaska Panhandle is known to its residents.

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Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Last Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section included stories by the section’s editor, Spud Hilton, on cruising Alaska waters on both small and large vessels.

Westerdam Sets Sail Sitka

imageOn Mother’s Day, 2009, the paper ran my first published travel story, a piece about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska. A similar story ran about three months later in the Dallas Morning News. And my story about Sitka, where the Russians handed over the keys to Alaska to the U.S. in the “Seward’s Folly” transaction, appeared in the Los Angeles Times the following April.

All three articles were based on my two-week journey through Southeast Alaska in June of 2008. After a stopover in Seattle, I flew to Sitka, took the ferry to Juneau, hopped to and from Glacier Bay in 6-seat planes, rode an overnight ferry to Petersburg, and finished the trip with a couple of nights in Ketchikan and a flight-seeing floatplane trip to aptly named Misty Fjords National Monument.

Here are a few photographic memories of the trip that launched my travel writing career.

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