Channel the Bear is in Alaska’s Glacier Bay

Today my friend, Channel the Bear, is sharing pictures from her Alaska cruise.   She is lounging on a large cruise ship in Glacier Bay.

Channel relaxing on her cruise ship

Channel relaxing on her cruise ship

This is a great place to relax, Channel.

Channel the Bear

Channel the Bear

Channel is enjoying her time in Alaska’s Glacier Bay.

Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska

This a beautiful place Channel.   It looks cold with all the ice and snow.   Happy you stayed warm on the cruise ship.   Thanks for sending us these photos.   What a wonderful vacation.

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Hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska with Channel the Bear

My friend, Channel the Bear, took a cruise to Alaska.   She stopped in Ketchikan, Alaska for a hike.   These pictures are beautiful Channel.    Such a beautiful place to hike.

Channel in Ketchikan

Channel in Ketchikan

Beautiful trees here.

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Be careful Channel.   You are a little bear.

Big Bears? Be careful Channel.

Big Bears?   Be careful Channel.   That fish is bigger than you

Thanks for sharing these pictures Channel.    It looks like you had a great time hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska.

 

The Knotty Store in Alaska with Eider Duck

Our Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, wanted to show us his favorite gift shop.   Near Fairbanks, in Salcha, Alaska you can find The Knotty Shop.

The Knotty Store

The Knotty Store

The name comes from the Knotty Pine wood.   Inside the store you will find so many Alaskan gifts.   Much is handcrafted by Alaska’s residents.   There is a large selection of clothing.   The knives feature the Alaskan ulu knife, some of them with the handle and stand crafted from Alaska’s diamond willow wood.   Wooden bowls are also popular items at The Knotty Store, as is a birch stein with a lid.   The food section features many flavors of syrup.   Fireweed syrup is available, as is salmonberry syrup, (what is salmonberry?) along with a favorite, wild blueberry syrup.   The Wildlife Museum highlights several Alaskan mounts.

Indoor Wildlife Museum

Indoor Wildlife Museum

Eider lives here, so these animals do not make him nervous.

Love the fox

Love the fox

We think the fox could be our friend.   While the selection of gifts is incredible, the real attraction is outside.

Large

Large

Eider wants you to see several of these carved animals.

Great

Great

We really think they all are wonderful.

Adorable

Adorable

Such talent to make these.

Takes talent

Takes talent

Eider loves to visit this store.

Eider rides again

Eider rides again

We could not choose a favorite.

Moose or caribou?

Moose, reindeer or caribou?

But these antlers do grab and hold our attention.   Which is your favorite?   For more information and photos of The Knotty Shop, visit http://www.AlaskaKnottyShop.com   Eider, we love this shop.   Thanks for sending us the photos, cousin Eider.

Seldovia, Alaska with Eider Duck

Our Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, visited Seldovia, Alaska after he went halibut fishing.

Seldovia, Alaska

Seldovia, Alaska

What a great trip, Eider.   Seldovia is a small town.   The population was 255 according to the 2010 census.   That is really small, Eider.   Seldovia, Alaska is on the Kenai Peninsula, on Kachemak Bay.   Seldovia is southwest of Homer, where Eider started his halibut fishing  trip.   We liked this totem pole type carving.

Love wood carvings

Love wood carvings

Many of the residents of Seldovia are descendants of  Athabaskan Indian and Alutiiq Eskimo.   Even though the town is small, they have a grocery store, the Crab Pot Grocery.

Crab Pot Grocery

Crab Pot Grocery

Sometimes King Crab are trapped in these waters.   We liked the photos of City Central Park.

City Park

City Park

The carved wood sculptures are great.

Love it Eider

Love it Eider.   And starfish!

And, Eider, you look fantastic on them.

Eider you are on top

Eider you are on top

Such talent.

A saddle?

A saddle?

We could not pick a favorite.   Eider likes them all, also.   In 1788 this was a Russian fur trade post.   Seldovia is an old town.   The Russian St. Nicholas Orthodox Church was completed in 1820.   You may remember that Alaska once belonged to Russia.   The United States purchased Alaska from Russia October 18, 1867.   Isn’t this a great bench?

Great place for a rest

Great place for a rest

There really are many American Bald Eagles in this area.    Most visitors to Seldovia arrive by charter boats that bring sport fisherman, like Eider, to this small town.   And, speaking or writing of eagles, here is one, a common sight along the Alaskan coast.

Proud American eagle

Proud American eagle

Thanks for the photos Eider.   Looks like you had a great visit to Seldovia.

Eider Duck Heads to Homer, Alaska

Eider and his humans left North Pole, Alaska, near Fairbanks and are driving south.   As they approach Denali Park and Mount McKinley, Eider wants you to see these mountains.

From Fairbanks heading toward Anchorage. The Brooks Range

From Fairbanks heading toward Anchorage. The Brooks Range

He stops at the Alaska Veterans Memorial in Denali State Park.

Alaska Veterans Memorial

Alaska Veterans Memorial

The state park is near Denali National Park.   This memorial honors those Alaskans that served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Alaska National Guard and Merchant Marines.

This memorial honors all Alaskan veterans

This memorial honors all Alaskan veterans

This memorial recognizes the Alaskan Medal of Honor recipients also.      Two military plane crashes are recognized, with a propeller from one lost plane included in the memorial.

Propeller of lost military plane in the 1950s

Propeller from lost military plane in the 1950s

The location of Alaska results in Alaska being very important to the protection and defense of the United States.   The Colorado Traveling Ducks are very proud of the US military in Alaska, and all over the world.   South of Anchorage, we love the views of Cook Inlet.

Beautiful Cook Inlet

Beautiful Cook Inlet

Continuing south, Eider is never very far from the water, and the mountains.

Beautiful Alaskan scenery

Beautiful Alaskan scenery

Isn’t this a pretty drive?

So pretty

So pretty

Did you ever wonder how they got the boats out of the water when there is no pier or dock?   First the trailer goes in the water.

Truck backs boat trailer into water

Truck backs boat trailer into water

The boat comes in toward the shore.

Boat approaches and drives onto trailer

Boat approaches and drives onto trailer

The boat drives onto the trailer.

Truck pulls trailer with boat out of water and they go home.

Truck pulls trailer with boat out of water and they go home.

And the truck pulls the trailer with boat out of the water and they drive down the road to home.   Eider and humans enter Homer.

Eider arrives in Alaska with his humans. Cindy is holding him.

Eider arrives in Alaska with his humans.   Cindy is holding him.

Homer, Alaska is a very popular fishing area.   Sometimes Eider fishes for halibut and sometimes for salmon. He is on the boat heading out.   The windshield of the boat is tinted for better vision when heading into the sun.

Through tinted windshield

Through tinted windshield

Eider travels out to sea.

Eider and humans go out to sea, followed by another fishing boat.

Eider and humans go out to sea, followed by another fishing boat.

Here the humans are fishing from the back of the boat.   The boat is fairly stationary now, but there is still movement from the waves on the water.

Humans fish and Eider supervises

Humans fish and Eider supervises

When going fishing here, humans should take some medicine to prevent seasickness.  Eider the Duck does not suffer from seasickness.    This was a successful fishing trip.   The humans caught halibut.   The fish is taken to the dock where Eider’s humans pay to have it cleaned, cut, packaged and flash frozen.   Then it is flown directly to Eider’s house, ready for a great dinner of fresh halibut.   It is so good!

Chicken, Alaska with Eider Duck

Chicken, Alaska?   Is this really a town?   Eider, are you sure?   Yes.   Chicken, Alaska is a very small town not too far from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Approaching the town, Eider stopped to read this information about moose.

Approaching Chicken, Alaska. Information on caribou

Approaching Chicken, Alaska.   Information on moose

Often Eider has moose in his yard in North Pole near Fairbanks, Alaska.   The area was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

In 1902 the local post office was established and the community needed a name.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There were many ptarmigan in the area.   Ptarmigan are small birds, smaller than a chicken.   Some wanted to name the town ptarmigan, but the unusual spelling of the word, convinced the miners to name the town Chicken instead.   With a name like Chicken, tourists arrive here, so the town gives them something to see.

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Some old buildings are still standing in Chicken.   Some of the buildings and Dredge No 4, Pedro Dredge, are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There are still active gold mines in the area.   Chicken had a music festival.    This is the stage for many of the musical groups.

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Tourists have fun in Chicken, Alaska.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

That chicken is reading signs to different places.

Eider Duck is my cousin and friend.   When Eider was leaving Chicken, he stopped at this phone booth to call me.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

This is a working telephone, but I, Zeb the Duck, was not home when Eider called.   Maybe Eider will try to call again.     The road and river in and out of Chicken is really pretty.  

From Alaska's Taylor Highway

From Alaska’s Taylor Highway

Eider says they have forest fires in Alaska, like every place else.   This is the new growth from a fire about 5 years ago.

Growing back from fire 5 years ago

Growing back from fire 5 years ago.   Eider says the animals like to eat this new vegetation.

This is really a great town Eider.   Thanks for sending us all these pictures.

 

Eider Duck’s Winter Activities

Eider Duck, our cousin, lives near Fairbanks, in the town of North Pole, Alaska.   During the winter there is an international ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks.   These are a couple ice sculptures from previous years.

Ice carving

Ice carving

That fish is probably my favorite.   This one is also great, especially with the colored lights.

Ice carving

Ice carving

In Colorado we ride snowmobiles.   In Alaska, Eider calls them snow machines.  They are similar to motorcycles for snow.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

He and his dad ride snow machines.

Eider on snow machine

Eider on snow machine

Eider says it is a lot of fun.

Snow machine. Is Eider driving?

Snow machine.   Try to block some of the cold wind, Eider

Sometimes it is too cold to ride the snow machines.   But Eider is a tough duck and he likes his winter life in Alaska.