Alaska and Canada

A 15 day tour of Alaska, Canada and Glacier Bay, Alaska.
IMG 9819  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. denali 2  Denali, National Park IMG 7737  The lobby of the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.  Two giant bears a Polar Bear and a Brown Bear. IMG 7738  Marie Garcia Shaffner and LaWanda Eaton Smith in the lobby of the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. The lobby of the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.  Two giant bears a Polar Bear and a Brown Bear IMG 7739  Aboard the McKinley Explorer. The beginning of an eight hour train ride to Denali National Park. IMG 7743 1  A view of one of the many lakes and streams passed as the  McKinley Explorer traveled to Denali National Park.
IMG 7929  Denali National Park , Grizzley Bear eating berries. IMG 7757 1  A view of one of the many lakes and streams passed as the  McKinley Explorer traveled to Denali National Park. black diamond tour  The Healy River on the  Black Diamond Side By Side tour near McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. IMG 7765  Overlook of the Healy River in the distance.  The  Black Diamond Side By Side tour near McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. In the Yellow rain jacket Ralph Hall.  Looking over the top of the side by side the extremely handsome Greg  Huddle. IMG 7767  Front L-R LaWanda Eaton Smith, Marie Garcia Shaffner, back L-R Ralph Hall and Jim Shaffner.  This was the Black Diamond Side By Side tour near McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park IMG 7766  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Jim Shaffner.  This was the Black Diamond Side By Side tour near McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park.
IMG 7873  Jim Shaffner on Lake 2 near McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. IMG 7791 1  A view of the area around Healy Alaska about eight miles North of the McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. IMG 7804.1  A gravel hill next to the Healy River. IMG 7913  Denali National Park a view of Caribou. IMG 8006  Denali National Park , Grizzley Bear eating berries. IMG 8013  Red Fox, Denali National Park.  This guy is on a  definite mission.
IMG 7918  Willow Ptarmigan, Denali National Park IMG 7919  Willow Ptarmigan, Denali National Park IMG 8050  Dall Sheep, Denali National Park. IMG 8057  Dall Sheep, Denali National Park. denali national park  Denali National Park IMG 8076  Spirit Lake L-R Jim Shaffner and Ralph Hall.  Denali Self drive tour.
IMG 8151  Marie Garcia Shaffner looking at a huge cabbage plant.  The almost 23 hours of light produces huge plants.  Westmark Hotel Fairbanks, Alaska. IMG 8156  Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner on the Tanana Valley Railroad to The El Dorado Gold Mine IMG 8162  El Dorado Gold Mine. An old miner explains the operation and how Gold is removed from Gold bearing formations by means of a Sluice box.  This is what Greg Huddle will look like when he retires. IMG 8166  Panning for Gold at the El Dorado Gold Mine.  Every visitor got several grains of Gold. IMG 8172  Ralph Hall and LaWanda Eaton Smith panning for gold.  El Dorado Gold mine, Fairbanks, Alaska. IMG 8179  Marie Garcia Shaffner, El Dorado Gold Mine Fairbanks, Alaska.
IMG 8192  Ralph Hall, El Dorado Gold Mine Fairbanks, Alaska. IMG 8193  We stop to examine and photograph the Alaska oil pipeline on the way to Chicken, Alaska and Dawson City, Canada IMG 8206  We stop to examine and photograph the Alaska oil pipeline on the way to Chicken, Alaska and Dawson City. IMG 8202  Jim Shaffner at the Alaska oil pipeline. IMG 8218  Jim Shaffner at Rika's Roadhouse in Big Delta State Historical Park. IMG 8241  Miner with a gasoline powered floating Sluice box sorting gold from rock.
IMG 8229.1  Chicken, Alaska.  Only a half dozen people live here during the Winter.  There are no power lines to this tiny town.  Everything is powered by small generators. IMG 8237  Chicken, Alaska on the way to Dawson City, Canada. IMG 8234  Jim Shaffner waiting at the Chicken Poop in Chicken, Alaska IMG 8236  Everyone getting back on the coach in Chicken, Alaska IMG 8259  The border between Canada and the USA.  Little Gold Creek is located on the Top of the World Highway between Dawson City, Yukon and Tok, Alaska, at the Alaska/Yukon border. As it is just a Customs post, and the road is closed once the snow flies, there are no permanent residents. In an average year, the road is open from May 15 through September 15, but that varies according to both the weather, the snowpack and the budgets of the Highways departments on both sides of the border.  no permanent residents. IMG 8261  Entering the Yukon in Canada
IMG 8366.1  Marie Garcia Shaffner on the Yukon Queen II.  It was a cruise from Dawson up the Yukon River and then returned to Dawson City IMG 8405.1  Dawson City, Canada IMG 8566.1  Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner entering the Tombstone Park. IMG 8631  Sled dogs resting  along the way to Whitehorse. IMG 8632  A Sled dog resting  along the way to Whitehorse. IMG 8628  Wanda Eaton Smith and Ralph hall with the biggest roll I've ever seen.  On the way to Whitehorse.
IMG 8664  Touring Lake Kathleen IMG 8757  Marie Garcia Shaffner trying on a bear suit after lunch at Lake Kathleen. IMG 8753  Ralph Hall trying on a bear suit after lunch at Lake Kathleen. IMG 8741  Marie Garcia Shaffner trying on a bear suit after lunch at Lake Kathleen. IMG 8814  Wanda Eaton Smith on the Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. IMG 9219.1  The international boundry between the USA and Canada.  The Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
IMG 8952  A glacier along the way on the Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway to Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9066.1  St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Bennett, Alaska on the shore of Lake Bennett.  Built in 1898. DSC 0936  The group we traveled with for two weeks. Bennett, Alaska on the shore of Lake Bennett. IMG 9051  The group we traveled with for two weeks.  Lake Bennett, Alaska. IMG 9241  Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway abandoned railway trestle. IMG 9245  Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway abandoned railway trestle.
IMG 9258.1  The Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway on the way to Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9259.1  The Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway on the way to Skagway, Alaska. IMG 8955  Dobbs the conductor on the the Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.  His brother is a contractor in Belen, New Mexico which is near the Shaffner's home. IMG 9289  Dobbs the conductor on the the Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.  His brother is a contractor in Belen, New Mexico which is near the Shaffner's home. IMG 9351.1  The Zuiderdam docked at the end of State Street Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9359  Moving an engine of the  Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway on a roadway.  Skagway Alaska.
IMG 9361  Moving an engine of the  Historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway on a roadway.  Skagway Alaska. IMG 9363  The Zuiderdam docked in Skagway, Alaska IMG 9421.1  A glacier in the mountain near Skagway, Alaska.  Notice the blue color of the ice.  I was told that on a sunny day the glaciers would not be Blue only on cloudy days. IMG 9446.1  A boat docking ramp near Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9440.1  A boat docking ramp near Skagway, Alaska.  Marie Garcia Shaffner. IMG 9448.1  A fish processing plant near Skagway, Alaska.
IMG 9471  Marie Garcia Shaffner near Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9630  Jim Shaffner Skagway, Alaska. IMG 9656  Grizzley Bears fishing for Salmon near Skagway, Alaska. IMG 0068  Glacier Bay, Alaska IMG 0042  Glacier Bay, Alaska IMG 0073  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
IMG 0093  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 0105 1  A Whale in Glacier Bay, Alaska IMG 9958  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9782  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9810  A photographer on the  Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9934  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
IMG 9994  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9950  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.  Tourists viewing a Glacier. IMG 9949  Ralph Hall and marie Garcia Shaffner on the Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9917  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 9854.1  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. infrontofaglacier  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
IMG 9852  The Zuiderdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska. IMG 0205  Ketchikan, Alaska, an Alaska Bush Plane taking tourists to view sites in the areab IMG 0331  Wanda Eaton Smith on the Bush Plane flying to the Tongass National Forest to view wildlife. IMG 0397  The Tongass National Forest IMG 0426  The guide in the Tongass National Forest escorting our group to a wildlife viewing area. IMG 0431  Salmon gathering at a fish ladder, Tongass National Forest, Alaska
IMG 0443  A Bald Eagle fishing in a stream Tongass National Forest, Alaska theeagle  A Bald Eagle fishing in a stream Tongass National Forest, Alaska IMG 0494  Salmon jumping, Tongass National Forest, Alaska IMG 0563  The viewing area, Tongass National Forest, Alaska IMG 0573  Our guide departing for the Bush plane IMG 0589  Marie Garcia Shaffner boarding the plane back to Ketchikan, Alaska.
IMG 0590  Jim Shaffner and marie garcia Shaffner  boarding the plane back to Ketchikan, Alaska. IMG 0591  Ralph Hall and Wanda Eaton Smith  boarding the plane back to Ketchikan, Alaska. IMG 0597  Marie Garcia Shaffner co-pilot IMG 0598  Taking off from the Tongass National Forest. IMG 0630  Marie Garcia Shaffner co-pilot IMG 0640  Marie Garcia Shaffner co-pilot
IMG 0642  Marie Garcia Shaffner co-pilot IMG 0644  Marie Garcia Shaffner co-pilot IMG 0649  Our 18 year old pilot helping Marie Garcia Shaffner. IMG 0652  The Taquan plane docked. IMG 0702.1  The Zuiderdam docked in Ketchikan, Alaska.