Category Archives: Alaska

Photo of the Week: Creek Street- Ketchikan, Alaska

A visit to Ketchikan would not be complete without a walk down the historic boardwalk of Creek Street. Creek Street is a collection of restaurants, shops, museums and private homes built on wooden pilings above the shores of Ketchikan Creek. While its colourful buildings definitely caught my eye, even more intriguing was the history of…

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Photo of the Week: Fireweed in Alaska

During our time in Alaska, I kept seeing these beautiful pink wildflowers, growing just off the sides of the road. The colour was so eye-catching, they almost appeared to glow in the sunlight! I usually only share one photo for my Photo of the Week series, but I couldn’t decide which picture I liked best,…

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  • Harrowgates - Absolutely stunning pictures of Alaska; I’ve never been but would love too!March 17, 2015 – 11:24 amReplyCancel

All Aboard The McKinley Explorer! – A Ride on the Scenic Alaska Railroad

It’s no secret that we love travelling by train! We’ve made many train trips over the years, but our journey on the Alaska Railroad was the most scenic train trip we’ve been on so far. Our ride on the McKinley Explorer was part of our Alaska cruise. We chose an itinerary that had a land…

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  • [email protected] - Wow, the landscape looks stunning. Everyone of your posts makes it harder for me not to change my travel plans for this year and go to Alaska instead ;)

    March 26, 2015 – 9:36 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You definitely should go to Alaska! It is such an incredible place. I’ve been twice now and would go again in a heartbeat!April 14, 2015 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Gerst Adkisson - What lens were you shooting these shots withApril 15, 2015 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

  • Malisa Mercer - What month did you go?July 6, 2016 – 5:15 amReplyCancel

  • Donna - You have almost the same pictures that I have, except you were lucky enough to see Denali. My pictures have all clouds. How disappointing to know that I really was looking at the mountain and she just didn’t want to be seen that day.June 17, 2017 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

Denali National Park- A Living Masterpiece

Sitting at the back of an old, refurbished school-type bus, we stare out the windows as we slowly make our way along the single dusty, dirt road of Denali National Park. Six million of acres of wild land surround us. Initially, I’m surprised by what I see. The landscape is not the jagged, snow-capped mountains…

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  • Matt Purchase - Some great pictures! Some of the mountain shots almost look like miniatures! Very cool.March 9, 2015 – 8:05 amReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Lovely pictures and a good read! Brings back memories! I was curious as to what month these pictures were taken.
    It is interesting to see how much the landscape changes over various times throughout the year, hence why I am curious as to what month your pics were in. I think it helps readers too, as they can get an idea of what things will look like in different seasons and months. I went to Denali in early June and the landscape was quite different in parts. I just love how it changes so dramatically from season to season and month to month.December 8, 2017 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel

Into the Ice- Glacier Bay, Alaska

The scenery during our Alaska cruise was spectacular the entire way through, but nothing was quite as dramatic as sailing into Glacier Bay. Glistening in the mist, the smooth, turquoise, water below us was mesmerizing. The bay was calm, quiet, yet I was bursting with anticipation for what was to come. Small icebergs floated past,…

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  • Vanessa - Wow beautiful photos! They are so inviting that I want to go to these places right away.November 16, 2014 – 2:38 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you, Vanessa! I hope you make it to Alaska one day- it’s beautiful!November 17, 2014 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Rich - RichyFeet - Wow, it always amazes me how ice can look so blue at places like this and Pereto Moreno. Fantastic pictures guys.November 17, 2014 – 1:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Wow Rhonda that looks like a lot of ice! The fog looks actually really great in combination with the unusual scenery. Crazy to think that a glacier can actually make noise, but it must have been great to see some of the ice breaking off. It’s a really beautiful sight, especially the blue looking ice… :)November 18, 2014 – 2:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - Cruising in Alaska is really just one of its kind. You don’t get to see the usual islands of side of lands. You get to see everything wrap in ice which is a beauty to see.March 25, 2015 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - Stunning. Alaska is on the Top5 on my bucket list and Glacier Bay shows why. You’re pictures capture the gloomy atmosphere in a great way. Very nice!March 26, 2015 – 2:38 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Mount Denali, Alaska

On a clear day, the peak of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) can be seen all the way from Anchorage, about 210 km away. Denali is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet (6,194 metres). The mountain is a giant block of granite, pushed up from the Earth’s crust during a period…

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  • Ryan - Absolutely beautiful shot, and beautiful mountain! It’s on my life list of things to climb one day… :)November 11, 2014 – 5:27 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Ryan! We sure were lucky to get such a great view. Hope you get to climb Denali one day!November 11, 2014 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - Reminds me so much of Mt. Fuji only that this one is irregular-looking. But it is just as beautiful.March 25, 2015 – 10:05 pmReplyCancel

Driving the Klondike Highway- Alaska to the Yukon

When you arrive in Skagway by cruise ship, one of your shore excursion options is to ride the train along the old White Pass and Yukon railway route. While it sounded like a fun experience, we wanted to explore the same area on our own. So instead of taking the train, we decided to rent a car and spend the…

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Skagway, Alaska- Gateway to the Gold Rush

The boardwalk echoed below our feet as we strolled into Skagway, the small town of 900 still and quiet during the morning hours. Early 20th century buildings lined the streets where many of men before us had walked, chasing the promise of “Gold in the Yukon!” As the gateway for gold-seekers embarking on the Chilkoot…

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  • Alexandra C. - Awesome post! Alaska has been my top dream destination since I was 11… so I can’t wait to get there (hopefully someday soon!) your cruise looks like it was great, and this little town looks so charming. :) Great photos! -Alexandra
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  • Alexandra Consolver - Awesome post! Alaska has been my top dream destination since I was 11… so I can’t wait to get there (hopefully someday soon!) your cruise looks like it was great, and this little town looks so charming. :) Great photos! -Alexandra
    September 19, 2014 – 6:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - I’ve always thought an Alaskan cruise would be kinda cool to do, but I never really considered the actual port stops. Skagway looks really cute, and how fun that you were also able to get a drive into The Yukon.September 25, 2014 – 2:44 pmReplyCancel

A Visit to Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier is Juneau’s top tourist attraction and one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. A quick 15 minute drive from downtown Juneau is all you need to reach the enormous sheet of ice. Visiting Mendenhall Glacier Stretching over 2.5 kilometres wide and 19 kilometres long, Mendenhall is sure to impress, even from afar. We caught…

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  • Michael - Beautiful photos. I remember seeing glaciers in New Zealand. I also remember how ice cold the water was!September 5, 2014 – 9:00 amReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - You took some wonderful photographs here. Alaska is a beautiful place and has many great landscapes and picture perfect views. Thanks for sharing these photos of your journeySeptember 5, 2014 – 10:13 amReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Fantastic pictures. I just visited my first glacier in Alberta and I just loved it. We have to visit these glaciers while we can. And shocking info that the lake is only less than 60 years old.September 5, 2014 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Nice photos guys. But I have such a hard time getting excited about Alaska and glaciers – maybe it comes from the last 30 years of living through endless Montreal winters…I look at the above and I feel the need to put a sweater on…

    But good job with all the info and the great photos!
    Frank (bbqboy)September 10, 2014 – 9:33 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Try living in Alberta- we got our first snowfall two days ago!September 10, 2014 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - I heard – that’s crazy!September 10, 2014 – 11:04 amReplyCancel

  • priya - Hi, It is not clear how we cross the water fall to get close to the glacier taking this trail? I really want to get close to the glacier and see some ice caves. Is it possible to do this if we take the trail to Nugget falls?July 6, 2017 – 11:32 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The path ends just past the waterfall and I couldn’t see any caves from there. I think if you take a trail on the other side of the lake (West Glacier Trail) that will take you to the spot where you can go inside the caves. It’s a long hike though.July 7, 2017 – 9:10 amReplyCancel

Flightseeing in Ketchikan, Alaska- Misty Fjords National Monument

As part of our bear viewing excursion in Neets Bay, we got to enjoy a ride in a float plane and marvel at Alaska’s monumental beauty from above. All buckled in for our flight back to Ketchikan, our pilot announced over our headsets, “My next flight isn’t until 12:30. It’s such a beautiful day, we’ve…

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  • Life After 9to5 - Absolutely gorgeous scenery. I can imagine breathing in the fresh brisk air. The photos turned out great!August 28, 2014 – 2:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Ryan Biddulph - Hi Rhonda,

    Beyond stunning imagery. I’ve heard that flightseeing is the thing to do in some Alaska locales.

    Really, something else.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Tweeting through Triberr.

    RyanAugust 28, 2014 – 3:53 pmReplyCancel

Bear Watching at Neets Bay, Alaska

My favourite day of our Alaska cruise was in Ketchikan, when we went on a bear watching excursion to Neets Bay. After a short floatplane ride flying over stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and forests, we smoothly landed in Neets Bay and glided up to the dock to meet our guide. Bear Viewing at Neets…

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  • frankaboutcroatia - Hi Rhonda, hopping over from Part Time Traveler Talk. I’ve only seen a bear in a wild once, in Canada. But nothing as exciting as watching him fish for his food, and then eating it. The last photo made me laugh, ’cause he’s really looking like taking a break and thinking after the lunch :). Thanks for sharing!August 31, 2014 – 12:13 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I live in Canada and go to the Rocky Mountains a few times a year, but I’ve never seen a bear. My husband is a forester, so he sees bears almost every day at work. He’s always sending me pictures to make me jealous! So when we were in Alaska, I made it my mission to see a bear. It was very exciting to see how quickly he grabbed a fish out of the water. I loved how he took his time eating it too, using the rocks like a table and chair!August 31, 2014 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

  • Michele Chan-Thomson - I am so glad that you got to see a bear. And what a cooperative photo subject you had. I would have lingered, too.September 5, 2014 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

Our Alaska Cruise Itinerary- An Introduction to Each Port of Call

An Alaska cruise is a trip that everyone should take at least once in their lifetime. And I say that as someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of ocean cruising. We were only a few days into our trip and Mike and I were already saying that we wanted to do this again! The…

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  • Carmen Edelson - We just returned last week from cruising through Alaska on the same itinerary. You were lucky to have good weather. It rained everyday, and we had low bearing fog along the way. August 21, 2014 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! That’s really too bad about the weather. I hope it didn’t affect your ability to see the sights too much. We did get really lucky with the weather. The locals were saying the sunshine we were experiencing was unheard of!August 22, 2014 – 1:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara - We also just got back from an Alaskan Cruise with this exact itinerary! I’m working on my blog posts now! I took so many pictures! Some highlights from our week included: whale watching in Juneau (saw bubble-net feeding and 2 whales breach), seeing a momma bear and her cub at Mendenhall Glacier, driving through the Yukon, and hearing and seeing the glacier calving in Glacier Bay, to name just a few! We were so fortunate to have incredible weather the entire week aboard the Island Princess (July 30-August 6). It sprinkled a little bit during our day in College Fjord, but the gloomy weather added a magical element to the scenery. I absolutely agree… everyone should so go an Alaskan cruise at some point in their lifetime. The landscape is simply amazing!August 23, 2014 – 9:49 amReplyCancel

  • Shobha - This is handy! My husband and I were planning on going to Alaska next August for 2 weeks while the kids were at sleep away camp. It’s good to know that the weather will be mixed.October 17, 2014 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Glad you found this helpful! I hope you decide to go because Alaska is a wonderful place! I’d like to go back a third time. And yes, make sure you come prepared for all types of weather!October 17, 2014 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - I will be doing a similar trip this summer but by ferry. Alaska has an incredible ferry service that links so many of the coastal communities. I was going to skip Ketchikan but it looks beautiful so you may have changed my mindApril 30, 2015 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Bibb - Wallet notwithstanding, the advantage to booking a tour on your own is that your group will be a whole lot smaller. Sometimes that matters.May 5, 2016 – 12:45 amReplyCancel

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