A brown bear pauses from fishing for salmon to scratch behind her ear at McNeil River Game Sanctuary in south west Alaska.
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A brown bear named Mouse fishes at McNeil River Falls near Katmai National Park in Alaska.
A water bird lands in Portage Lake near Whittier, Alaska. We had hiked Portage Pass only to find the entire area swathed in dense fog and no spectacular view of Portage Glacier. We were entertained by two birds that swam around ice bergs and bathed themselves in the icy water.
Susitna at sunset Aug. 6, 2012.
On August 5, 2012 several hundred used and new car collectors rolled into Anchorage from all over the state to show off their hot rods and Model T's. The 2012 Classic Car show took place on the downtown park strip and drew several thousand visitors.
The last two days of the trip were spent on the MV Kennicott traveling along the Inside Passage. We stopped for half a day in Juneau and nearly missed the ferry departure. The next morning was a stop in Yakutat, a small Alaska surfing and fishing village along the coast. We had actually traveled with some surfers who were going to take advantage of the Pacific waves.
Also in Yakutat was one of my biggest missed photo ops - a one armed man poking at bear poop with a long stick while partially engulfed in fog.
A pair of float planes take off by the cruise ship dock in Juneau, Alaska.
Float plane taking flight in Juneau.
The Alaska Fisherman's Building in Juneau, Alaska.
An Australian traveler watching for whales on the lower deck of the MV Kennicott.
Whales swimming through the inside passage north of Juneau.
The MV Kennicott moored in Yakutat, Alaska.
I don't know what this thing is in Yakuatat.
A cruise ship heads towards Mt. St. Elias, which at 18,000 ft. the second highest point in the US and Canada.
Mountains in Wrangell/St. Elias State Park.
And then two months and 10,000 pictures later - on July 26, 2012 - we docked in Whittier, Alaska. From there we drove from to Anchorage and have been there ever since.
Both Jessi and I would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to follow our journey through this blog, even though it has taken me 6 months to get everything online. It was a very special trip for us both and signified the beginning of the rest of our life together.
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Special thanks to those who helped make this trip a reality:
Carolyn and Stan Andrews for wedding planning and a room in Santa Rosa when we really, really wanted one!
Donny and Delane Ratledge for all their help at the wedding, assistance in procuring supplies for the trip.
Jeanne Abbott, who made the ferry trip a reality.
Alan Bunch for giving me technical assistance while rigging up the Suburban.
Rebekah Huitema and Jarrod Spencer who hosted us for an amazing week in Lake Tahoe.
George and Barb Nichols who let us relax at their cabin Arkansas for a week.
Ashley Vavra and Ben Filmore who put us up and showed us a fantastic time in Park City.
Marcie Ratledge for a new battery for the suburban, tremendous support and a place to get things organized before setting out.
Sioux Kuglitsch and her family for putting us up in Tabernash, Colorado.
Gordon Dewey for letting us stay at his place in Steamboat Springs.
And a very, very special thank you to Justin Voss for his generosity and assistance in helping us get settled into Anchorage.
There are so many other people who contributed that would be impossible to list. So to the rest of our friends and family who attended the ceremony in Sparta and helped us out financially and emotionally so that we could make our wedding and honeymoon a life long memory, we thank you so very much!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and come visit us in Alaska!
Robson and Jessi
Early in the morning the ferry docked in Ketchikan and we set out to explore the area. Ketchikan is a town of around 8,000 people on an island in the Inside Passage and is named for Ketchikan Creek.
We took a taxi to Totem Bight State Park which features a variety of totem poles then took a tour of the town. We avoided the 50+ jewelry stores in town that were established to take advantage of the ever present summer cruise ship traffic.
One of a pair of bald eagles that calls the ferry terminal in Ketchikan home.
A float plane takes off from the water in Ketchikan.
A thunder bird totem pole in Totem Bight State Park.
Totem pole in Totem Bight State Park. The totem poles here represent Tlingit mythos.
Inside the clan house at Totem Bight State Park. The carved poles symbolize the exploits of Duk-toothl.
Totem pole in front of the clan house at Totem Bight State Park near Ketchikan, Alaska.
Totem pole at Totem Bight State Park.
Kat's Bear Wife totem pole. Kat was a figure in Tlingit mythology and the tracks and bear carving on this pole represent his wife.
The Master Carver Pole at Totem Bight State Park.
Two common summr sights in Ketchikan: float planes and cruise ships.
The M/V Kennicott docked at Ketchikan.
A dockhand puffs on a pipe while watching the Kennicott leave port.
A float plane preparing to land near Ketchikan.
Sunset along the Inside Passage.
A whale shows its tail at sunset along the Inside Passage north of Ketchikan.
There is both a small self-service restaurant and a tiny bar on the ferry. We survived on bowls of chili and some food we brought in within our cooler. In Bellingham we had also stopped and purchased a case of wine to help alleviate any evening chill.
This first morning on the ferry, Jess and I saw an Orca breach right outside of our port hole about 5 yards from the ship. We were brushing our teeth and never had a chance to get a camera shot, but it was a pretty awesome sight.
A fishing trawler motors through the Inside Passage off the coast of Canada.
A small light house marks a turn along the Marine Highway.
Sunset in front of the bow of the MV Kennicott.
Dusk along the Inside Passage.
Passengers aboard the MV Kennicott look at the scenery along the Inside Passage in July, 2012.
The Iditarod sled dog race began in 1973. The route runs approximately 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The trail itself was used by Inupiaq and Athabascan tribes in the interior. The race commemorates mushers and was partially inspired by the 1925 "Great Race of Mercy" in which 20 dog sled teams helped relay antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome to stave off a diptheria epidemic.
Today, the Iditarod is called the "Last Great Race on Earth."
The ceremonial start for the race is on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The official race restarts from Willow the following day.
An Anchorage resident from the island of Inuviak watches the mushers race down 4th Avenue.
Joar Ulsom, from Norway, rides along 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod.
Sled dogs often wear protective booties to protect their paws from the snow.
Most sled dog teams start with 16 dogs. To qualify for completing the race, there must be six dogs remaining in the tow line when the team reaches Nome.
Spectators come from all over the world to watch the start of the Iditarod.
A sled dog awaits it's turn to run at the 2013 Rondy World Championships in Anchorage, Ak.
A young sled race assistant stands next to a dogsled atop a truck at the 2013 Fur Rendezvous.
A future sled dog racer visualizes the course from the roof of a truck at Fur Rendezvous 2013 in Anchorage, Ak.
A dog team rounds the 4th and Cordova corner at the start of the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races in Anchorage on Feb. 23, 2013. The Rondy World Championship is the only urban sled dog race in the world.
A sled dog looks out from his mobile kennel at Fur Rendezvous on Feb. 23, 2013 in Anchorage, AK.
Egil Ellis races to the finish line at the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Race on Feb. 23, 2013 in Anchorage, AK.
Robert Warden holds two of his dogs before the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Race at Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage, AK on Feb. 23, 2013.
Spent the day at Inlet Tower shooting some photos for a magazine advertisement coming up. These were out takes from our shoot on the roof, trying to capture Anchorage in the background.
This was our impromptu and mobile studio for the shoot on the roof of the tower, 16 floors up.
Fire fighters respond to a fire alarm in Bootlegger's Cove near downtown Anchorage, AK, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.