Bill & Deanie's Trip To Alaska 2012

  July14th July15

At Haines  

We discussed various tours that we might do today, but decided on our own plans.  We started a short drive to Chilkat Lake State Recreation Park.  Another beautiful place!   

We drove through the totally empty campground.  The road down to the area is very bad and a sign indicates that it is a 14% grade.  We found a camp host at a little log cabin.  The view from his back deck. Wow!   Chilkat inlet is directly in front; to the left is Davidson Glacier and to the right is Rainbow Glacier & falls.

Later in the afternoon we went to the American Bald Eagle Foundation.  This is an educational foundation dedicated to the protection & preservation of bald eagle habitat.  It is currently expanding to add more flying space and housing for new birds. “Warrior”. the red tailed hawk, was sitting on the arm of his intern handler in the parking lot.  She was giving him some sunshine Vitamin D (often difficult in this foggy area) All of the birds here are injured in some way.  They will never be returned to the wild and are used for education.  We also saw (up close) Dylan the screech owl and a merlin (tiny and sleek). The facility has an interesting museum and the highlight was the feeding of Scotty, the bald eagle. Although he has a deformed wing, he is as beautiful and regal as you would expect.

For dinner we went to the Chilkat Bakery & Restaurant that also serves authentic and delicious Thai Food. We couldn’t resist picking up a couple of goodies for breakfast too.

After dinner we drove in another direction to Chilkoot Lake.  It’s 11 miles from town and the road follows Lynn Canal past the ferry dock. Another set of fantastic views.  This whole area is contained between mountain ranges.  So all you see is blue-green water and lush green hillsides that run right up to the snow covered mountains.  There were lots of fisherman on the river between Chilkoot Lake & the Chilkoot Inlet.  At Chilkoot Lake there was a small group people gathered above the bank.  Let the circus begin! A young (maybe 3 yrs old) brown bear was wading there.  He was intent on checking the edges for fish.  There was a fish cleaning station nearby so I suspect he had smelled fish parts and patrols this area frequently. Everyone was excited, but getting way too close, trying for good pictures.  He eventually wandered off into the bush.  

 

 

July 14th At Hitchup RV Park in Haines, AK.
 
 
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If you would like to see for yourself what we are seeing, click on the "view Larger Map".  Then go to the street view and get a 360 deg view of the roads we are traveling.  I love that feature!

 

 

View from Chilkat State Park.
   
Davidson Glacier.
   
Rainbow Glacier (under clouds) and the falls beneath.
   
 Road from canal to Chilkoot River and Lake. 
   
This is Warrior, the Red Tail Hawk.
   
And here is Merlin the merlin.
   
Not a painting. Scotty is waiting for feeding time.
   
Here comes the "rabbit".  He normally is fed one rabbit a day.  Two feeding times that the public may watch. 
   
Dylan the Screech Owl. 
   
This young grizzly at Chilkoot Lake looking for dinner.
   
He just wasn't having any luck.  All this with about 25 people (including me) looking down on him.  I made sure I kept another photographer between me and the bear.   Insurance, as the other guy looked slower than me.
   
He was checking out all possible food sources. He'd probably visited the fish cleaning station before.
   
Haines . A 360 degree view here shows mountains completely around, with the town facing on Lynn Canal .
   
Pretty in black and white too.
   
   
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