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Old 05-25-2015, 09:54 AM   #141
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Well, so much for part of my hiking suggestion in the Tetons.

"In Grand Teton, the trail beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point is closed and being rerouted so crews can replace bridges over Cascade Creek and rebuild the rocky ledge trails and steps that lead up to the popular Jenny Lake overlook."

Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now
That's the way it goes sometimes. Yesterday we drove up to the Johnston Ridge Obversvatory, watched the film about the Mt St Helens eruption then the curtains rolled back over the big picture window to show the mountain.

We still managed to get in a pretty good hike down to the river where it was much clearer.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #142
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Wow, what a great thread. Alan, don't forget to shoot me a PM when you get to Sidney BC...I'm on a little Gulf Island within shouting distance of there and would love to say hello!
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:36 AM   #143
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Wow, what a great thread. Alan, don't forget to shoot me a PM when you get to Sidney BC...I'm on a little Gulf Island within shouting distance of there and would love to say hello!
I most certainly will. Thanks.
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We found the whole Mt. St. Helens experience quite amazing - even having seen the pictures on the news back when it happened, the magnitude of the destruction is really something to see up close. Also the regeneration that is going on since then is quite interesting.
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We found the whole Mt. St. Helens experience quite amazing - even having seen the pictures on the news back when it happened, the magnitude of the destruction is really something to see up close. Also the regeneration that is going on since then is quite interesting.
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When we were hiking yesterday we kept saying that everything here is less than 35 years old, how amazing a recovery is this?

Even the wildlife, 90% of the hibernating animals survived, they just climbed out into a whole new world, and the marine life in several frozen lakes escaped unharmed. Apparently all the mammals that survived, including the elk, started moving back in almost immediately.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:22 PM   #146
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I just caught up on your thread Alan. This looks like a wonderful trip and a lot like what my husband and I want to do in retirement, starting the first of next year. Happy trails!
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I just caught up on your thread Alan. This looks like a wonderful trip and a lot like what my husband and I want to do in retirement, starting the first of next year. Happy trails!
Thanks, it has been a great trip so far.

All the best for your own upcoming retirement. Next year will soon be here.
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Following a 7 day Alaskan cruise from Vancouver to Whittier (near Anchorage) we took a long train ride in a glass domed carriage to Denali National Park where we will be for the next few days in 2 different lodges.

The weather, scenery and wildlife have been fantastic so far. On the train ride today we saw several moose including a mother and calf who were very patient, sticking around while the train actually reversed to give us a good chance to take photos.

I've just taken this photo from our bedroom window at 10:30 pm.
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I would suggest taking the day bus tour into the park and then chartering a small plane to fly you back out to the entrance. We did that from the Kantishna Roadhouse and it was an awesome flight, Denali up close and personal. Can't find any pics at the moment, must be on my backup hard drive.
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Wow - you've really shown the all-day-sunshine affect, Alan.

Have fun and keep the trip reports coming!
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On our last night in Denali State Park we were fortunate to see Mt McKinley in all its glory and became members of the 30% club which is how often it can be seen in its entirety.

We are now in Anchorage for a few days.
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We are now back in Vancouver after our Alaska trip. The last 4 nights in Alaska we spent in Anchorage and were very impressed. A very pedestrian friendly city with many miles of great bike and hike trails. The day we rented bikes we decided to cycle 10 miles along the coastal trail and at 9.9 miles found a male moose grazing on the side of the trail. We decided not to ride past, took a few photos and headed back.

We also hiked to the top of Flat Top mountain and on the last day we just watched the anglers fishing in Ship Creek which runs through the center of the city. We saw 4 King Salmon being caught and landed.

We just finished our first day in a lovely apartment very close to Coal Harbour and Stanley Park. We are going to be here 3 weeks. The weather today is fantastic and forecast to continue like this for next few days.
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I hear there's some soccer going on in the neighborhood....

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015? - Vancouver- - FIFA.com
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I hear there's some soccer going on in the neighborhood....

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Today also saw the annual naked bike ride in Vancouver.


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Today also saw the annual naked bike ride in Vancouver.

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I also like this point....

Keep your clothes with you — you never know when you may need them (like… after the ride)


Brave souls they are.....looks painful to me.

Love the photos...y'all sure know how to beat the TX heat!
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If you get out near UBC, the Anthropology museum is wonderful. Dramatic artifacts and art inside a beautiful building.
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If you get out near UBC, the Anthropology museum is wonderful. Dramatic artifacts and art inside a beautiful building.
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I imagine you will be doing the Grouse Grind, but take it easy: someone had a heart attack and died there a couple of days ago.

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Thanks for the suggestions folks, and the health warning.
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Last year after our Alaskan cruise, we spent a couple of days in Vancouver. We took the bus from our hotel and walked across Stanley Park to the beach. It was stunning. The park, the beach, the city. I also like the Capilano suspension bridge. Enjoy your time in Vancouver. I hope you can get to Victoria and Buchart Gardens. So much to see in that corner of Canada.


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