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About kennicott

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    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Interests
    I spend my summers in Wilderness Alaska. Sawmill owner, own three raw land sub. history buff-
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    (1) Regent (2) HAL (3) Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. Two shots of Hubbard Glacier at the end of May on a very warm day a few years ago. Also, three pictures of Port Wells and Harriman Fiord in Prince William Sound on July 6th, also on a very warm day. See the hanging glacier in full melt.
  2. I agree with about all the comment here. Particularly on the southside of foothills of the major mountain ranges in Alaska, most of the snow will be gone by the end of summer at elevations below 7000 to 8000 feet. Above that the snow is generally perennial with the exception of dark rock out cropping's below 15,000 feet which often lose their winter snow. The major ranges are the Alaska Range, St. Elias Range, Chugach Range, Wrangell Range and the Brooks Range with many smaller and lower ranges spread around the state. Here is a shot I took in the latter part of the summer of Mount Blackburn, the highest of the Wrangells, it is 16, 390. All the lower foothills seen here, most are below 9,000.
  3. Actually, from a forest fire standpoint this year was bad but it has been worse. Somewhere over 2.5 million acres this summer but in 2004 it was 6.5 million acres. I believe this year will come in at number four overall. However, this has been the hottest ever summer for Alaska. Many day highs and all time highs, night and day, have been set from east to west and north to south. I certainly agree with that, as I have worked the state over most of my professional life, living here all my life too since I was born and raised here. Sure sorry about the smoke for our visitors and guests. It was nasty. Most of it was in Southcentral Alaska and came from the over 4 million acre Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. Princess even had to close their Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge for a while. We took the 26 Glacier Cruise out of Whittier on July 6th and it turned out beautiful, got a wind drift that kept the smoke out of Prince William Sound that day. https://time.com/5657188/alaska-fires-long-climate-change/
  4. We have visited Venice three times on Princess. Really enjoyed those. Twice as an original embarkation port and once an intermediate. The Pacific Princess was the ship we were on when for the cruises that originated there. We just had a 35 day cruise scheduled for a year from this November canceled out from under us on the Pacific Princess. Stein Kruse, head of the Holland American Group, is the dude you have to watch and listen to when it comes to the future of the Pacific Princess. I believe Kruse is postured to get rid of it. As far as Tony Roberts, I thought he was some sort of V.P. not a CEO.
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    hubbard glacier

    I realize this action directed toward Allen Marine Tours may not involve operations in Yakutat Bay but still is not exactly good news for excursions in Southeast.. Hope the company gets their problems worked out with the U.S. Coast Guard before next season's excursion itineraries commence. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2019/09/13/coast-guard-docks-most-boats-operated-by-southeast-alaska-tour-company/
  6. We always said we prefer smaller vessels, long duration cruises with lots of sea days and the more exploration type itineraries. But then we decided to try the larger ships. Over four cruises we spent about three months on two of the Royal Class ships Princess has. Then we went back to the smaller ships. I thought our cruises on the big ships were minimally okay as there were a lot of on board venues to choose from. Wife doesn't want to cruise on the larger ships anymore though and I'm inclined to go along with her. One of our favorite ships is the Pacific Princess, their smallest vessel, which we have been on for about three months total sailing. We were booked in a full suite with my wife's sister on the Pacific Princess for a 35 day South Pacific and Panama Canal a year from this November but they recently canceled that cruise. I believe Stein Kruse is getting set to sell that ship. We have about 350 days total on Princess but most likely won't be sailing with them anymore. We really like the Regent size ships and service which we have over 150 days on but now they have escalated their fees way beyond our means.
  7. "Among those who had already left Cooper Landing by Tuesday: The hundreds of people from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. The lodge had preemptively moved out visitors and staff Monday." https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2019/08/28/do-we-go-do-we-stay-cooper-landing-businesses-close-residents-pack-as-massive-swan-lake-fire-burns/
  8. Umbrellas-----We were on Regent in 2010 for two weeks, San Fran to Valdez and then back down to Vancouver hitting all the obligatory ports enroute. Excellent weather but when we got to Valdez it was blowing and raining. Getting off the ship they handed out umbrellas, everyone who opened their's had them turn inside out. But as far as the future rain in late summer and fall, it looks like Alaskans as well as visitors are going to have to get used to these changing weather patterns such as we have today. "Instead of a once in a lifetime experience this might occur every few years". Almost September now and in South Central no rain of significance predicted. Hope no one has the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge booked in the next few days. "Southcentral Alaska has seen less than an inch of rainfall since June 1 and no measurable rain at all during August, said a climatologist from the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy." "This year’s already-unprecedented summer is on track to beat yet another record: becoming the driest ever recorded in Southcentral Alaska." "The U.S. Drought Monitor has classified part of the region — including Anchorage, the Susitna Valley and a portion of the northern Kenai Peninsula — as being in an “extreme drought” for the first time in the drought monitor’s 20-year history." "Extreme drought is the second-highest drought designation, underneath “exceptional drought,” which Alaska has never recorded. Most of the southern coastal swath of Alaska, from the Panhandle to the Aleutians, is experiencing drought to a lesser degree." The U.S. rain forests, Tongass and Chugach, (the nation's largest and second largest, respectively,) along the southcentral coast and in Southeast Alaska (our panhandle) are being hammered. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2019/08/21/a-summer-of-weather-extremes-set-up-alaska-for-devastating-august-wildfires-scientists-say-its-likely-to-happen-again/ https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2019/08/23/this-summer-is-on-track-to-be-the-driest-on-record-for-southcentral-alaska/ https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2019/08/26/wildfire-updates-crews-increase-containment-near-willow-residents-allowed-back-to-their-properties/ https://www.princesslodges.com/princess-alaska-lodges/kenai-lodge/kenai-activities/
  9. Latest.--------- https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2019/08/23/this-summer-is-on-track-to-be-the-driest-on-record-for-southcentral-alaska/ Still hot and very dry in Alaska. North of the Alaska Range though, over recent weeks we have had a lot of rain, remarkable and very strange weather patterns. For visitors, my guess is that there should be no problem on the Parks Highway, now, getting to Talkeetna. But we certainly can use a lot of precipitation in Southcentral Alaska. Been the hottest season ever, by far, as best as I can recall for Alaska and I was born and raised here. Getting close to September so it is starting to get chilly at night here in the Wrangell Mountains, where I am now, so I fire up the wood stove in the morn. We also have a nice cabin on Crystal Lake which is about two miles west of Willow near Mile 70 of the Parks Highway. I'm not there but my wife is at the lake. She says there is no problem except for power outages from time to time. I have tried to encourage her to go back to our home in Anchorage for a while but she says no way, the smoke in Anchorage is a lot worse than at the lake. The ADNs is keeping a close watch on these events--for obvious reasons. Here in the Wrangell Mountains near McCarthy and the Kennicott River it is so dry that it makes me very nervous. My entire place could be gone in minutes, a little wind and a spark could turn everything into an inferno ( like what happened north of Willow). I've got a pretty good sized wilderness spread too, 350 acres. I'm surrounded by white spruce, black spruce, quite a few aspens and cottonwoods with patches of birch. Makes one humble to realize how vulnerable we are.
  10. Smoke in Anchorage is pretty severe. But looks like traffic flowing better on the Park's north of Willow than it was the other day. North winds are not now, so the firefighters are beginning to put a dent in things. Cooler temperatures at night now is helping out, but still no rain in sight. And this is the rainy season. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2019/08/20/wildfire-roundup-heres-the-latest-on-southcentral-alaska-blazes https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/mat-su/2019/08/20/matanuska-susitna-borough-declares-disaster-over-wildfires/
  11. My guess is that by Friday you should have no problem on the Parks Highway getting to Talkeetna. Although we certainly could use a little precipitation in southcentral Alaska right now. Been the hottest season ever as far as I can recall in Alaska and I was born and raised here. We have a nice cabin on Crystal Lake which is about two miles west of Willow near Mile 70 of the Parks Highway. I'm not there right now but in the Wrangell Mountains where we have another place (also a tinder box) but my wife is at the lake. She says there is no problem except for power outages from time to time. I have tried to encourage her to go back to our home in Anchorage for a while but she says no way, the smoke in Anchorage is a lot worse than at the lake. Ha. The ADNs is keeping a close watch on these events--for obvious reasons---here is the latest: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/mat-su/2019/08/20/as-crews-fight-destructive-susitna-valley-wildfire-evacuees-prepare-for-recovery/
  12. The Parks highway is closed at Mile 71 until further notice. To get to Talkeetna one has to fly in or go north on the Glenn Highway to Glennallen then go north to the Denaili HIghway and cross over to the Parks Highway turn south and enter Talkeetna from the north. The railroad is not operating through that area north of Willow either. Largest fire is around miles 85 to 91, called the "McKinley fire". Another is a few miles west of Willow, at mile 70, called the "Deshka Landing" fire. The strong north wind which caused these fires has now let up so things might get better, but no rain in sight. They couldn't use helicopters yesterday to fight the fires due to the turbulent north wind. Hot shot crews from the lower 48 are currently moving into the Willow area. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2019/08/18/new-evacuations-ordered-as-wind-stokes-willow-area-wildfires/
  13. We were just in Whittier yesterday and the day before. Not on a cruise. We did the 5.5 hour Philip's 26 Glacier Cruise (On the Klondike) though. The passengers got off/on the train right at the covered walk way down to the Golden Princess (200 feet max) which was in port then. The bus passengers were let off a little closer even. In the drop off lot, Princess has set up a baggage check in station, you can leave your bags there then tour the area. Whittier is pretty small, but here is what we did, after staying in a nice hotel there:
  14. If you stay on the ship in Whittier you are going to miss out on this: Taken yesterday from the Klondike, a small vessel used for shore excrusions there, 5.5 hour "Philip's 26 Glacier Cruise".
  15. Our heat wave continues. But yesterday after we had spent a night in a very nice hotel room in Whittier, where it is hot too, but then, took the 5.5 hour Philip's 26 Glacier Cruise. Excellent trip, and doing so we got away from the smoke (most of it anyway) and the heat.
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