So we met in the morning and wondered what our tour guide Eric had planned for us! We were going to be driving back to Anchorage along Highway 1 and it is just so scenic. These are a couple pictures I snapped as we were driving, from my car window.
We were seeing glaciers again-part of the Chugach Mountain range, so Eric pulled off on the Portage Glacier Highway so we could get closer for some better pictures. That glacier blue is something I will never forget.
There was a little salmon viewing station, so Eric stopped so Jimmy could walk down and take a look. It was such a pretty area.
This is actually a female and a male salmon. The male was courting her and sending other males on their way when they came close. I have only seen this in films, never in the wild. The salmon's life cycle continues to amaze me.
We were getting low on gas, so Eric said we would drive down to Whittier. Well, as we were driving, we came to this structure which is the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Eric had never been through it and we really had no idea what this was all about. It cost $12 for the ticket and we said, ok! Oh my goodness. It is a 2 mile tunnel cut through Maynard Mt. Cars share it with trains and you wait as it can only go one way each time. It's very dark inside and we had no idea where we were. It was once just a for trains and used by the military. They replaced the old tracks in the early 2000's with tracks that are flush in the concrete so cars can use it too. It is amazing.
You end up in Whittier, which is a strange town. It's mostly used by cruise ships that take you on glacier trips. Guess what? There is no gas station in that town! So we all held our breath and went back out through the tunnel and yes, we made it to a gas station!
We met Eric's family again for another yummy dinner and then retired back at the Capt Cook Hotel.
I took this photo out of our window as our room was on the 18th floor . It was still light at almost 11 pm. What a day...thank Eric for another amazing tour!