"Hot in Alaska" very hot

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Hottest summer ever in Alaska, by far, as far as I can recall. With the hot comes stuff not so good, "fire" which means "smoke". We did a little Alaska touring in June so I didn't get out to my summer abode in the Wrangell Mountains until about two weeks ago. We are a tinder box in the Wrangell's but no big fires close by yet. Here is a shot of one that just broke out a little over a week ago. They are going to let this one burn until snow flies. It is only about 60 miles as the crow flies from my place but fortunately on the west side of the Wrangell Range and I'm on the southeast side. Also the prevailing winds near the Copper River, where this fire is close to, are usually pretty stiff out of the south so it should move further away. One fire in the interior, is over 200,000 acres--the largest in the U.S. Right after the 4th we drove to Whittier and took that 5.5 hour 26 Glacier Cruise, I knew it was going to be good but it was better than that. Wife had never been in the northwest portion of Prince William Sound like I had so she really enjoyed it. If you get an opportunity to spend a day at Whittier, port for Princess, try to take this, they gear arrivals and departures for cruise ship schedules.

Tags: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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On the 6th of July from the Klondike in Harriman Fiord---The Surprise Glacier there had a "surprise" for us.

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In Whittier. The Klondike in front of the Golden Princess on the 6th of July. The Klondike carries somewhere over 300 but it is not over crowded and they reserve seats at tables for you upon when you book so there isn't pushing and shoving when boarding to get the "best seat". We drove to Whittier the day before from Seward where we spent the 4th holiday in order to watch the kids and grandkids do the Mount Marathon run. Stayed near the kids in Seward in a nice condo and in a hotel in Whittier. There is a combination train-vehicle one way at a time 2.5 mile tunnel at Whittier, which sometimes you have to wait in a long line before driving through.

Don't need to go there...just keep posting those pics!!! great stuff...

What a beautiful and amazing state you live in Kennicott. It is definitely on my bucket list for a visit someday. I am not sure a cruise visit would give us the experience I am looking for although it may be the only way to get my wife to agree. It would be nice to have several weeks to explore. I know its huge but would like to research enough to hit some of the more accessible areas. I hope the fires stay away from you guys. As Yankee said thanks for the pics.

AGREED SCOTT...when we took the cruise, we were impressed, but not exactly blown away. Reason being, as I have posted several times, and you realized too, the way to "see" Alaska is NOT from the deck of a cruise ship. And I don't care what "excursions" you sign up for. We live "deep"..I see green and critters everywhere, every day, for miles..To see it properly, I think you need a lot of time, a few $$, and some cojones..KENN is a lucky guy...in more ways than one...

As the others have said: thanks for sharing the pictures!

Thanks for sharing. A lot Alaska has to offer I already enjoy.

We went in June. I thought it was unusually hot too from what I was expecting anyway.

Good news. Yesterday we got some rain and then in the afternoon a lot. Along with cooler temperatures and more humidity. Put a big dent in the fire shown here. Not certain about the rest of the state but we might finally see a change in the weather pattern.

Hope it means things are returning to "normal".

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