Author: Laura Tipple

By Laura Tipple

Juneau

Juneau – July 10,2017 We arrived in Juneau at 3:45am, headed to Mendenhall campground, plugged in and went to sleep in the pouring rain.  Got up at 10 and headed downtown.  We managed to squeeze into a street parking space.  We walked over to the civic centre where the visitor’s centre was said to be…

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Road To Nowhere

Road to nowhere – July 9   The ferry for Juneau did not leave until 7:30pm so we had most of the day to poke around Petersburg.  Larry pulled put a secret map and pointed out some “not to be missed spots”.  We headed into town hoping to pop by the library so that I…

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By Laura Tipple

Anan

No lions or tigers, but BEARS oh my! – July 8, 2017   Off to Banana Point to meet Scott for a tour of Anan Bear Observatory.  They like shooting things here, especially the signs as exhibited behind me and Tigger. We were picked up by a jet boat and whisked through the waters to…

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The Trees RV

We have been staying at the Trees during our visit to Petersburg.  It is about 10 miles out of town in the middle of a forest.  Larry owns the place and is a retired construction worker.  I set up a hummingbird feeder and Rufous HB’s have been coming to visit.   The Trees has pretty…

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Le Conte Glacier Tour

Today we set off with Scott for a day of touring the harbour and the le Conte Glacier. Scott has a custom aluminum boat with twin Yamaha 250’s and a hydraulic ramp  allowing you to step off. On the way out of the harbour, we passed seals sunning themselves on a channel buoy.   We…

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By Laura Tipple

Petersburg

Petersburg is located on Mitkof Island. Early European explorers encountered the Tlingit and in the nineteenth century, Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant, settled here, building a cannery, sawmill, docks and early structures. The settlement was named Petersburg after him, and it flourished as a fishing port. (Icebergs from the nearby LeConte Glacier provided a source for cooling fish). Petersburg originally…

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Prince Rupert to Ketchikan

Up at 5am to line up for the 7:30 ferry to Petersburg.  Doug packed up the red and white party lights as I refused to get up.  Neither of us have stayed in bed while the other has driven.  You really get tossed around.  It’s a modern day Magic Fingers.  The travel agent told us…

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By Laura Tipple

Port Hardy

I woke to the sounds of a Pileated Woodpecker.  He is North America’s largest woodpecker and without doubt was the model for Woody.  The “rig” back doors fold open flush with the side, we zip a screen in and you have a beautiful picture window and lots of breeze.  When I peaked out hoping to…

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