Alaska 2012

Troop 104 goes for a week in Alaska, June 23-July 1st, 2012
  • DSC08210  We met at the Patterson's house to load up for a trip to IAH airport.
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  • DSC08230  View from the plane...
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  • IMAG0757  In Anchorage at about 12:00 at night...  First encounter with Alaska's summertime midnight sun...
  • IMG 1975  Our first night was a hotel for about 7 hours.  The Mickey D's next door was the boys last fast food meal for the next week...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (10)  Sunday, at 9:00 am we were picked up by Alaska Outdoors, loaded up the trailer and headed to Whittier...  Beautiful rainy weather!
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  • IMAG0376  The entrance to the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to Whittier.  A single lane, car/truck/railroad tunnel to access the town of Whittier.  This is the longest tunnel in North America (~2.5 miles). http://dot.alaska.gov/creg/whittiertunnel/index.shtml
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (468)  Beautiful Whittier...  Ready for some kayaking...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (469)  These folks hooked us up with everything from Kayaks to several layers of waterproof gear for our adventure
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (470)  Sean (left)  one of our Alaska Outdoors outfitters fixed lunch while were we were getting ready to go...
  • DSC08254  Getting into the kayak...
  • DSC08251  Ready to go...
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  • DSC08265  And we're off!
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  • DSC08257  Bald Eagle...  We saw several.  Also saw Pacific Seagulls, and otters feeding on shellfish...  Did not realize they were so large...
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  • DSC08281  Back at the dock in Whittier
  • Whittier Kayaking Route  We kayaked about 6 miles round trip...
  • IMAG0386  Headed back to Anchorage, stopped at a Visitor's Center...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (23)  There was the remains of ice sheets that fell off of glaciers outside the visitors center.
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (34)  We stopped along the road to Anchorage to take pictures of Dall sheep on cliffs above us...
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  • DSC08299  Just about done... Interesting thing about putting in tent stakes.  You get about 6" down and hit frozen permafrost...
  • DSC08303  Hors d' oeuvres...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (48)  Clean the dishes!   Wash, Rinse, Sanitize!
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (56)  Look at those eyes!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (62)  Puppies!
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (73)  Onward to Denali...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (89)  Mountains....
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  • IMG 2034  The Alaska Railway ran parallel to our road to Denali.
  • DSC08361  We finaly made it to...
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  • DSC08346  Lets go on a hike.
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (100)  Horseshoe Lake...  We hiked it...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (118)  A beaver dam created Horseshoe Lake...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (123) : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (126)  This looks like a good spot... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (184)  Sean and Benny - guides from Alaska Outdoors
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (129)  Hamburgers one night... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (135)  Marshmallows by firelight...  It is about 10:00 at 'night'.  The sun sort of hides, but never realy goes down... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (133)  Marshmallows at night... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (137)  The lake in the afternoon... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (142)  The lake at midnight. : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (183)  Cooking dinner - Enchilada Casserole and brownies...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (185)  Dessert!
  • DSC08363  Wash, Rinse, Sanitize... Repeat.
  • DSC08365  zzzzzz...  Resting up for a hike
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  • IMG 2045  Um.  Lunch in the rain! My favorite!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (152)  Let's go up the mountain...  No more riverbed! : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (157)  Looks like we all made it... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (161)  Let's catch a bus.. not a beige one, but a green one... : Rainy Hike in Denali Park
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (164)  Hot cocoa after hits the spot.  Tomorrow, let's climb a mountain...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (203)  Target:  Mount Healy!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (206)  Moose Chocolates!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (209)  Moving up the mountain...
  • DSC08402  Waiting on the adults to catch up...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (211)  Beautiful view.
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (222)  I made it!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (234)  Lunchtime on the mountain.
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (238)  We all made it... After the adults finally caught up...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (241)  Vista view...
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  • P1000091  Majestic view...
  • P1000098  The other side of the mountain...
  • William pointing to top of Mount Healy where we climbed  William pointing to top of Mount Healy where we climbed
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (261)  Dinner out!
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (268)  Salmon, halibut,
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (270)  Buffalo burgers, Elk sliders... The Salmon Bake Restaurant rocks!
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (271) : Black Diamond Resort for miniature golf after dinner
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (272)  After dinner, we decided to go golfing...  Miniature Golfing at the world famous "Black Diamond Resort". : Black Diamond Resort for miniature golf after dinner
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (284)  Alaskan Rural Stop Sign... : Black Diamond Resort for miniature golf after dinner
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  • Abandoned Igloo Hotel  Abandoned Igloo Hotel
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (301)  We stopped to hike at Dyer's Lake on the way...
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  • P1000113  The Matanuska River
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (312)  Setting up camp on the river bank at Nova River Runners.
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (351)  Flowers around the camp...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (367)  Bear Tracks!  Custom made by a sneaky adult...   LOL
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  • P1000128  Up river, that away is the Matanuska Glacier...
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (503)  Getting fitted for Crampons...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (370)  Over the bridge and through the woods, to the Matanuska Glacier we go...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (373)  Walk out to the Glacier...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (378)  Get your crampons on... It's ice time...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (399)  Beautiful.
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  • IMG 2193  Some decided to refresh themselves in the freshly melted glacial streams...
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  • IMG 2201  Ice drain...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip Nova (2)  Here they come...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (439)  Leaving Matanuska River, headed for Independence Mine...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (442)  Musk Ox Farm
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (465)  Headed up to Hatcher Pass... Independence Mine...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (455)  Bunkhouse at Independence Mine
  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (456)  Taking a tour...
  • DSC08583  Miner's quarters...
  • DSC08584  Schoolhouse...
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  • BSA Troop 104 Alaska 2012 Trip OMB (466)  Headed back to Anchorage...
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  • IMG 0047  Bummer... We have to go home...