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My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Volunteering for a week in Seymour Canal~ Near Juneau, Alaska

June 24-29, 2013 When my husband asked me if I would be
willing to come and volunteer with him for a week out in the field
I was thrilled to take the offer. I actually met him 18 years
earlier as I was on a volunteer trip in the same area. This time we
would be boating around the area and checking in on remote cabins.
It was an great week that even rain could not ruin!

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Slide Lake


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Pack Creek is the creek
flowing out the mud flats in the photo and we stayed on Windfall
Island where we stay.

On the day we landed it was
80+degrees outside… In Alaska 80 feels like 100 anyplace else, it
was hot and the horse flies were terrible. But we loaded the float
plane and took off for a 30 minute flight.

We unloaded
and got ourselves set up at camp
https://timistravels.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/camp-life-windfall-island/
then we got in the skiff and visited Windfall Harbor, what a
beautiful area.

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you can see all the crab
pots here.

The only sad part were the areas that were
damaged or trashed by the crabbers (professional fisherman that
collect/sell crabs). They toss their extra crab pots in the woods
along with other junk and just leave it. They often trash the
campsite with their garbage and don’t clean up after themselves. It
is just a bit sad.
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sun setting on
Windfall

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sea anemone in the
water

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sea anemone in the
water

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sea anemone out of water
on high tide

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star fish

On the
next day we set out to do the work that Harry needed to complete.
But before we did we stopped to take advantage of the low tide and
view the sea anemone’s at low tide, such interesting looking
creatures. We also got a good view of many, many, many starfish.
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IMG_9965mink

do you see the
mink?

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wish you could hear the
loon

We then went
exploring around the area, up and down Seymour Canal. We started up
in Pleasant Bay, then past the Bug Islands, into Fools Inlet and up
to Olivers Inlet. Along the way I saw a mom deer nursing her fawn,
found gumboots both eaten and uneaten at low tide, we saw and heard
loons and 100’s of bald eagles. I learned that Seymour Canal has
more bald eagles per square mile than anyplace else in the world
(according to Fish and Wildlife). We saw wildflowers, beaver
activity and even a skeleton of a deer that had not made it through
winter. We came across beautiful meadows and a salt chuck that was
amazing. Each time you turned a corner there was a breathtaking
view.We heard and saw loons throughout the trip, as well as a mink
or two on shore occasionally. The trip was just full of
nature.

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mama deer nursing her
fawn

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gumboot

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the salt chuck behind
us

IMG_9952beaver work

busy beavers


IMG_9956deer carcuss

deer skeleton


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wild blue
geranium

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deer tracks on many of the
beaches

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eagles were everywhere in
the area.

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brown bear follow the same
path over and over and over and over again, and you begin to see
these pad marks in the ground.

Last but not least were the brown
bears. We saw many of them on this adventure, but you will have to
visit this blog to read more about them:
https://timistravels.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2536&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

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Taku Glacier; 2 trips in one week, so very different!

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012

Harry and I had a certificate for a ‘glacier hike’ that we had won, but needed to use it by Sept. 1.  We had tried other days over the summer but had not had a lot of luck, BUT our luck changed on a PERFECT beautiful day in Juneau.  We arrived at North Star Treking and boarded the helicopter with 3 Canadian’s that were on a cruise ship.  We’d been told that b/c it was SO nice out we’d get to go on Taku Glacier vs on Mendenhall Glacier, Taku is only accessible on perfect days, where the Mendenhall is an option on cloudy socked in days.
We flew over Split Thumb   and over some hanging glaciers, 

off in the distance we could see Canada and Devil’s Peak.

Both had new snow on the tops!!!  We continued over the icefield and up and over towards Hole in the Wall Glacier.  Taku Falls was right below us, a waterfall that falls 600 vertical feet feeding into the Taku River system! 

It was beautiful.  Coming around the corner and seeing Taku Glacier from the front was beautiful.  Taku Glacier is the only glacier on the Juneau Icefield that is advancing, so you can see trees, rocks and more that are being moved forward with the momentum of the glaciers movements. 

Once off the helicopter,

we got to walk around on Taku Glacier for about an hour. 

It was breathtaking to say the least… see all the pictures I have included.  On the flight home we flew over Norris Glacier, Norris Glacier

saw ice dams, and other amazing views,

until finally we were back to the airport in JNU, what a great day.

Sunday/Monday Sept. 2, 3, 2012

Our friends Matt and Kelly have a cabin up the Taku River and invited us to join them for the long weekend.  They took their boat up on Sat. but we opted to fly on the ‘dead head’ flight to Taku Lodge on Sunday.Harry on plane ride, leaving JuneauTaku Lodge was where we landed, this is a tourist destinatioin that has been there since 1923!  The flight was $65 person, to simply be dropped at their dock.  On the flight we saw the normal valleys and peaks but one neat view was that of the water below.  In this shot you can see where the river water meets the ocean water.  The river because it is made by glacial water is gray and made of fine silt (sand like) which is really just fine ground up rock from the ice moving over it.  on our flight you could see the water break, this is where the river water (silty from the glacier) and the ocean water, bluer and clear, meet!

Matt and Kelly came on their river boat and loaded us for the ride back to their cabin.  Harry and Kelly as we leave the Lodge

Riding on the river was such an amazing sight!  There are waterfalls coming down on all the rocks towards the south side of the ride and 3 glaciers on our north side, Hole in the Wall, Taku and Norris. view from Taku Lodge, of Hole in the Wall Glaciersee the eagle on the log? the edge of the glacier is behind those<br /><br />
trees

riding boat right in front of glacierFace of Taku Glacier

first spotting of the cabin on Taku Point

We got to the cabin, off loaded some gear and took off again for more exploring!  This is when the fun began!!!
We got up near Davidson Creek and thought it would be fun to go to the front where it flows into the river/ocean.  We were attempting to find the slough that would lead us there but instead we got into the wrong slough and headed towards the opposite direction.  Before long, we were stuck!attempting to get us out of the slough

Stuck in the low tide, mucky, muddy shallow slough of some other falls.  Kelly and Harry jumped turn us around, I hopped out to lessen the weight load and Matt stayed in boat to try to get motor back on and drive it out. Harry helping out!

It took a good 45 minutes of pushing, pulling, tugging and such to get the boat out of the slough and to high enough water (1 foot was all we needed) to ride the boat back to the cabin.Here we were skiing across the mud flats trying to get out of the sloughmore of the sloughI basically walked out over the mudflats, but it felt more like cross country skiing!  I ‘slid’ across this mud.

Each of us was muddy and wet, most of us got water in our boots.  Matt cheering as Kelly and Harry rode the boat out!

We laughed a lot during the time, and it was not really scary because we knew the tide would eventually go the other way and get higher.  The scariest part was probably after we got in deeper water and took off at a good pace, me up front, Harry and Kelly in the middle and Matt in the back driving, and BOOOOMMMM we hit a rock!  Harry said my feet went up in the air and the look on my face was priceless.  We were all okay, but it was funny.
relaxing at night in the cabinThat evening we had a nice dinner in the cabin, honkered down for a good nights rest, and awoke to a cloudy, socked in Sunday morning.

Harry and Lena,(matt and kelly's dog) enjoying the walk in the rain

Bummer, we could not enjoy the view as much as we might have on a good day. that is Taku Glacier as seen from inside the cabin, what a view!

We hiked the property, looked at the old cabin, sat in the hot tub, a fish tote transformed into a hot tub, you can't really tell but the glacier is directly across from this.

YES, I said hot tub, read for a while and headed back to town mid afternoon.
It was a  great weekend, but you will notice immediately by looking at these pictures, the difference between a sunny day and a cloudy day in SE Alaska!  These maps might begin to show you where we were… you can see downtown Juneau with the A and then the cabin at the B.

You can also see the glaciers that are feeding the River

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Here is a great link to some of the history up Taku River!

http://www.history.noaa.gov/stories_tales/taku.html

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