The Ship



Hubbard Glaicer

Icy Straight Point





Tracy Arm




Our Day in the Anchorage Area

We decided to rent a car while we were in Anchorage so that we could explore on our own. We rented from Avis in downtown Anchorage and it proved to be very convienent. We caught the first ship shuttle to downtown and then walked about 3 blocks to the Avis car rental agency. Within 15 minutes we had our car and were on the road.

We decided to spend the day going south along the Turnagain Channel.

(Sorry Sarah, no Wasilla this time....)

We made it down to Portage Lake by 9:45 AM. Just in time for the first Lake Portage Glaicer tour at 10:00 AM. We really lucked out in that the weather was warm and sunny. (In the 70's)

The drive from Anchorage to Portage Lake is almost an hour in length.

The tour lasts a little over an hour and we all thought that it was well worth the time and money spent.

The boat was about 1/3 full which was really nice. There was a very informative Park Ranger on board to explain the sites.

We were able to get very close to the glacier. Not much calving, but it was still very cool to get so close to a glacier with minimal effort.

After our glacier tour we stopped at the local lodge for some Halibut and Chips. Very fresh and good. This was comfort food at it's finest.

After lunch we walked up behind the lodge for a great view of the lake and surrounding area. The waitress tipped us off to this small walk and it was worth the effort.

After our short walk, we went to the National Park Museum which included a nice nature film. This was a pretty nice visitor center. And during our visit a few of us went kayaking....

Our next stop was the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This is a "drive thorugh" type preserve where you can see Alaska wildlife up close and personal. It wasn't very expensive and we all thought it was worthwhile.

This was our first "up close" encounter with a big Moose! (Other than "the moose" in Maui!)

These animals were "rescued" so visiting this place is a good way to help displaced animals.


Our favorite was the big brown bear. He was so cool. He had a funny personality. If you have ever heard the Jimmy Buffett song about "Billy Bear" with the still, I think we met him!

Well, we weren't done quite yet. On they way back to Anchorage we stopped at the Alyeska Resort. They have a tram that takes you to the top of the ski resort that was super.

The cost was $20 for adults and $10 for seniors.

The views from atop the mountain are fabulous. It was amazing to be so high, and see so much snow, yet be near the ocean.

This is a place that we will always remember.

We ended the day with a drink in the 7 Glaciers bar. From the bar you can see 7 Glaciers. It was spectacular. Great way to end the day.

And for dinner? You gotta have a "Reindeer Grinder" at Rum Runners when in Alaska!