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  • Whale Watching: Whidbey Island, San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alaska, Hawaii
    Whale Watching: Whidbey Island, San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alaska, Hawaii
    I'm lucky to live on Whidbey Island, where the grey whales come to visit us each spring in Langley, heading for Saratoga Passage to feast off the abundant sand shrimp. It's become such a popular sport from the shore that my hometown has a...
  • The view from a cruise around Juneau, Alaska
    Some like it cool ... especially in summer
    Traveling hopefully is better than to arrive, and this summer you'll be hoping for AC and a kidney-shaped pool if you stay in the Continental US. Thanks to global warming, expect summer temps hovering around 100-plus in many parts of the...
  • Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska
    Exploring Juneau, Alaska with Holland America Line, part 3
    With convenient round-trip departures from Seattle, Holland America Line offers an ideal way to experience Alaska without breaking the bank. The ms Westerdam departs every Saturday and cruises Glacier Bay National Park. The ms Oosterdam departs on...
  • Juneau Icefields
    Five top places on an Alaska Inside Passage cruise, part 1
    Wilderness, wildlife, history and native culture are all part of the natural wonders found on an Alaska Inside Passage cruise. The ships sail north from Vancouver British Columbia or Seattle Washington, the departure port is not important as all...
  • Alaskan Cruise Season
    Alaskan cruise season is quickly upon us
    The Alaskan cruise season is quickly upon us. If you have booked a cruise to Alaska or on the fence about it, over the next few weeks I will be writing some articles that I hope will help with making those decisions. These will be related to port...
  • Author in front of the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau
    Exploring Juneau, Alaska with Holland America Line, part 2
    The 2011 Alaska cruise season has come to an end, but it's a perfect time to start planning a trip for 2012. With convenient round-trip departures from Seattle, Holland America Line offers an ideal way to experience Alaska without breaking the...
  • Downtown Juneau
    Exploring Juneau, Alaska with Holland America Line, part 1
    The 2011 Alaska cruise season has come to an end, but it's a perfect time to start planning a trip for 2012. With convenient round-trip departures from Seattle, Holland America Line offers an ideal way to experience Alaska without breaking the...
  • Juneau, the capital of Alaska
    Small ship cruising in Alaska: New itineraries and ships for 2012
    I love cruising in Alaska. As a two-time traveler aboard Holland America Lines, I have nothing but good things to say about the Seattle-based cruise line company. But if you're more of a small ship cruiser (under 100 passengers), several of...
  • Juneau Steamboat Company
    Steamboat ride into Alaska’s gold mining past
    Hop on a steamboat and hop into Alaska’s rough and tumble past. It’s happening all summer long in Juneau, the state’s capital city.Take a ride with Juneau Steamboat Company’s owner/boat operator, John George. It’s the...
  • Running to the limit in the United States: Alaska
    Running to the limit in the United States: Alaska
    Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. NewbernNorth Carolina has its fair share of running events, from fun runs to marathons. From the Krispy Kreme Challenge to the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot races to the Raleigh, City of Oaks Marathon in November,...
  • Alaska State Capitol Building.  February 21, 2011
    Foreclosing on Alaska's future
    I was invited to travel to Juneau with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) for the Chamber’s yearly “legislative fly-in” last week. Juneau was not what I expected, and observing the legislature in action was an eye...