Sunday, August 19, 2012

Alaska -- Day 95

Today we drove north on the Haines Highway to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The Chilkat Valley is the year-round home for between 200 and 400 eagles, with over 80 eagle nests observed in the Eagle Preserve. Of course, the scenery and view of the Takhinsha Mountains was beautiful.

John took the rest of the pictures for this blog and I will tell you how he wanted them explained. We took the mile and a half Council Grounds Trail along the river. We sat and watched for eagles on the river flats. Here is Carol, looking for eagles.

This is the paved trail.

Carol read every word of every sign along the trail.

Here she is, heading out on the boardwalk over some wetlands.

We didn't see any eagles. But we took comfort in that fact we had seen lots of these beautiful birds near Ninilchik during July. You can see our photos here.

Tomorrow, we board the M/V Columbia beginning at 5:15 pm. It is supposed to sail at 7:15. It stops at Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell and Ketchikan, then on to Bellingham, Washington. Some of those stops are in the middle of the night. We expect little or no internet access until Friday morning. Talk to you then.


  1. This has been such a great adventure and your posts have been wonderful giving us lots of ideas for when we go to Alaska. I like the idea of taking the ferry back to Bellingham.

  2. At the end of August we were asked to fill our gas tank before they start shutting down.
    I understand that you are still warm and enjoying ,great trip,great journal.