Vacation in Alaska – Part 2

After two wonderful days at Denali, we flew to King Salmon to visit Julia. The next day, the three of us flew to Brooks Camp.

(Think you could fly out in this? It was rather loud!)

Then we took a bus trip to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, named due to fissures of steam coming through the ash of a volcanic eruption.

The steam has died down but there is still 800 feet of ash in this previously pristine valley. This is what it probably looked like before the eruption.

History Lesson: The volcano is Novarupta and had the greatest eruption in the 20th century on June 6, 1912, a week before the Titanic sank. The eruption is one of the five largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history and changed the history of the Alaska Peninsula.

It was mind boggling to see what the valley looks now. (Sorry, I just didn’t think to get a picture.) SUPER glad I wasn’t around for that. From what I understand, people in the villages miles away were lucky to survive (i.e. get away) and ash from this eruption was seen worldwide.

On the bus trip from the lodge to the valley, we had to ford three rivers. This was the largest.

Can you tell how far across that is? Water was backed up into the roadway. Needless to say I was sending up prayers that the bus made it, going and coming.

We saw 3 bear on this trip: one on the beach when we landed, one in the middle of the road (who quickly meandered into the dense foliage before we even got close to him), and one near the viewing area when we returned to the lodge. People were scrambling because of that one. He wasn’t threatening anyone, just interested in fish. Still, you can’t take any chances. He was too far away, and moved into the brush too quickly for me to get a picture.

After a cool and rainy day, we had a nice sandwich of marinated salmon back at Julia’s. After I’d eaten, I realized I’d had sushi. Have to admit it was the first time for me and really good. Hey, don’t go expecting me to eat it all the time, though. {squints eyes}

The rain simply would not let up, but Julia was still determined to show me all the sights of this commercial fishing town. Hubby had already seen everything as he worked for the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge there a couple of summers ago. Not a normal ‘vacation’ spot, but the people were all great.

This is a view of one of the ‘high’ spots in the area and a view of the Naknek River.

Julia also showed us an ancient village site she and her hubby found. Ever the explorers and adventurers. 

I was able to visit where hubby worked and see some of his projects (he’s a pretty good carpenter!), meet some of the people he worked with.

The sun came out the day we left (of course). But with that came the mosquitoes. Man, those suckers were big!

My parting shot is from inside the Anchorage airport.

This is either a greeting, or a warning, whichever way you want to take it. When out in the wild, you can’t take your safety for granted. Mother Nature and the natural inhabitants are unforgiving.

But we had a great time! I hope that if you’ve never been, that you can one day visit one small corner of this huge state.


About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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2 Responses to Vacation in Alaska – Part 2

  1. jolenenavarro says:

    What fun! Alaska is on my list to places to visit – right after Scottland

    • Linda Trout says:

      When you get ready to go to Alaska, I can give you recommendations of places to go or things to do. LOTS of places to visit there.

      Scotland? I’ve never been but know it would be wonderful.

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