We finally made it to Alaska on Tuesday afternoon. We had some problems with the internet and couldn't post any updates, but here we go...
The journey from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Haines, Alaska was one of breathtaking views. There was the common little rain and fog, and delays due to road constructions, but the landscape and mountains were so beautiful that we overlooked those things and enjoyed the ride.
One of the few roads that lead to Southeast Alaska from Canada is the Alaska Highway and Haines Highway. Obviously they are trying to do maintenance on these roads before the winter arrives. We noticed many "slide area" signs and those areas were being worked on. On the way we stopped for lunch at the 33 Mile Roadhouse. If you ever cross the border to Alaska on theHaines Highway, you have to stop there! They have the most delicious fresh salmon salad sandwich, burgers, etc. They also have a rustic looking gas pump (the first one after 202k of traveling). If you seat on the porch, you have a good chance to see some bears roaming around.
We also found this really nice cottage, "Summer Inn Bed & Breakfast", right in downtown Haines, where Hanna the Innkeeper makes you feel welcomed and relax. She maintains the place very clean and inviting and prepares a delicious breakfast which offers the opportunity to meet the rest of the guests in the house.
We have walked the entire downtown area, and visited several ArtGalleries, Museums, restaurants, the harbor, etc. It is a charming little town with a lot of history and very friendly people and great outdoors activities. There are various companies that offer sightseeing flights, but I’m not flying if Matt isn’t the pilot! J
We were informed at one of the museum about the bears having dinner at the river around 7:00pm every night, so we took our Beemer, and down to the river we went.That was the most spectacular experience of all!There were a Mama Bear and its little cubs, fishing like pros.They didn’t mind the people looking and fishing on the other side of the river.We also saw a Bald Eagle on a tree top.They come to the same place to feed.It was a beautiful experience for both of us.We loved it!
We decided to stay for a week here in Haines were we will take the cruise that goes from Haines to Juneau and back to Haines, and the following day we will take another ferry to Skagway, were we will continue our trip.
Right now the weather isn’t too bad.It has been raining on and off, but isn’t too cold.So, with our rain gear on, we have made the most out of the days.J