We took our trip in mid July to early August 2011.
- $1,500 went on hiring an SUV with full insurance coverage in Alaska, and $250 for a one way rental on Vancouver Island.
- $1,360 went on flights – Seattle to Anchorage, Anchorage to Juneau
- $420 went on the Alaska ferry leg from Juneau to Prince Rupert, including a cabin
- $360 went on the BC ferry leg from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
- $400 went on gas
- $350 went on activities: halibut fishing, kayaking, glacier hiking
- $300 went on camping kit
Route and travel logistics
- Flight from Seattle to Anchorage
- Two week road trip in a hire car around central Alaska
- Flight from Anchorage to Juneau in southeast Alaska
- Alaska Ferry from Juneau down the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, Canada (2 nights, 3 days)
- BC (British Columbia, Canada) Ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, Vancouver Island (1 day)
- One day car rental from Port Hardy to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island
- Ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver
The sea route – an ode to the ferries and the Inside Passage
Our end destination was Vancouver so changing ferry operators (from Alaska ferries to BC ferries) at Prince Rupert was necessary. I understand however that Alaska Ferries (the Alaska Marine Highway to give it its official name) also run a trans-marine route from Seward in Alaska to Bellingham in Washington. This would be an amazing trip, especially if you were flying out of Seattle.
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|Kayaking in Seward|
We camped at the small city campground at the end of Talkeetna’s main, and only, drag. Although it didn’t provide the seclusion I prefer when camping it did afford the opportunity to have a drink, or several, and stagger back to the tent. The girls put me to shame by staying out until 4am drinking at the Fairview Inn before falling through the tent flap and filling me in on their new best friend – an avuncular old timer called Leonard who, they slurred, had some moves. So here’s the practical tip - go to Talkeetna, get drunk, and have a dance with the man in overalls called Leonard. The girls also confirmed that the old adage about the male female ratio in Alaska – the odds are good but the goods are odd – was indeed true.
Man vs Food recently filmed an episode at Talkeetna’s West Rib Café and Pub where the increasingly chubby host took on the ji-normous Seward’s Folly burger. I tried to conquer it’s half-size sibling. Food won.
Chena Hot Springs Resort, north of Fairbanks
My other posts written whilst we were in Alaska
A-Unit: Thrift in the Last Frontier. Written whilst in Homer, and an ode to my love of thrift stores, with a bit of impromptu rapping thrown in for good measure.
Dream Catcher: Also written from Homer, a post that recounts the day I spent halibut fishing, and the good people I met on the boat.
Warner & Spidey get lucky: A post about the road to McCarthy, what to expect when you get there, and some cheeky historical reimagining of what it must have been like to be the pioneers who first discovered this remote place.