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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #315 on: December 03, 2013, 05:09:34 PM »
We should make a DDF DO to fly to Jasper when there's a strong Aurora forecast that night...

Why davka Jasper? It's not particularly known for aurora displays.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #316 on: December 03, 2013, 05:26:34 PM »
Why davka Jasper? It's not particularly known for aurora displays.
Looked pretty awesome to me:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/24/northern-lights-jasper-video_n_3331754.html

And it's just a beautiful place and a nonstop flight from NYC, ORD, etc.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #317 on: December 03, 2013, 05:35:29 PM »
Looked pretty awesome to me:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/24/northern-lights-jasper-video_n_3331754.html

And it's just a beautiful place and a nonstop flight from NYC, ORD, etc.

Agree that it's awesome, but the article itself states that it was due to an exceptionally large solar flare - a fairly rare event. If there's a solar event I'd rather run somewhere where sightings in general are more probable. It's all about maximizing your chances.

But you have a strong point - it's fairly easy to get to, and it's a beautiful place in any case. It won't be a complete waste, even if there ends up being no aurora.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #319 on: December 11, 2013, 08:14:53 PM »
http://petapixel.com/2013/12/11/aurora-borealis-time-lapse-photographed-airplane-window/
Cool! I wouldn't think that was possible, I could never see anything out those windows without reflections getting in the way...
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #320 on: December 11, 2013, 08:17:07 PM »
Wow, awesome.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #323 on: February 02, 2014, 10:26:36 PM »
I'm going to LA this summer (thanks Dan!) for about 12 days. I was thinking about hopping over to Alaska from sunday morning to thursday morning. Is that enough time or should I just skip it? TIA
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #324 on: February 03, 2014, 12:32:45 AM »
I'm going to LA this summer (thanks Dan!) for about 12 days. I was thinking about hopping over to Alaska from sunday morning to thursday morning. Is that enough time or should I just skip it? TIA
What are you interested in seeing? AK is a huge state so if you want to really see a lot it's not enough time but if you want a good feel for the area and don't mind a lot of driving I think you can do it. Split your time between the Kenai Peninsula and Denali.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #325 on: February 03, 2014, 08:19:22 AM »
What are you interested in seeing? AK is a huge state so if you want to really see a lot it's not enough time but if you want a good feel for the area and don't mind a lot of driving I think you can do it. Split your time between the Kenai Peninsula and Denali.

I guess we would want to see the main attractions. Seward out of the question?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #326 on: February 03, 2014, 08:20:50 AM »
I guess we would want to see the main attractions. Seward out of the question?

NV. I now see that Seward in on the Kenai Peninsula  :-[
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #327 on: February 03, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »
I would absolutely NOT suggest that you cram in both the Kenai and Denali. It could be done of course, but why would you? You won't enjoy either place if you're running around like a chicken without a head.

The trick to AK is to take it easy. Officially, driving time from ANC to Seward is about 2.5 hours. It took us 6, and we didn't stop by half the places we wanted to. And I'm only talking about road pullouts here - you'd need a full day to do the drive properly including Alyeska, Girdwood, etc. My point being that driving in Alaska is not simply getting from point a to point b - every single road is a destination by itself.

I would say stick to the Kenai, and maybe head to Matanuska Glacier on the last day for a guided trek or ice climbing (this was the highlight of our trip).

Spend a nice relaxing day driving the Seward Highway, take a cruise out of Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park (tremendous amount of wildlife, and the amazing Aialik tidewater glacier), or a cruise out of Whittier (more glaciers, less wildlife). Kayak Resurrection Bay out of Lowell Point, hike around Seward, check out Portage Lake and the salmon run, take the Alyeska tram or do the Girdwood hand tram hike.

The last day take the STUNNING Glenn Highway east out of Anchorage to the Matanuska Glacier, it's something you'll never forget.

OR you could take a cruise from Seward and then spend two more days driving north to see a big mountain - because if you do try to cram in Denali, that's just about all you could do in that amount of time. (I guess maybe you could take a Denali sightseeing flight out of Talkeetna, but personally I'd rather do Matanuska and save Denali for next time).

TL;DR - focus on one region and you'll have a much better time.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #328 on: April 25, 2014, 12:17:25 PM »
Has anyone tried to order pre-packaged meals from Pomegranate, Noahs Ark...ect to bring on their cruise? I am taking

Norwegian Cruise Line to Alaska in the summer leaving from Seattle, and was thinking to order a few of these meals to bring to have better food.

Anyone have experience with doing something like that on a cruise line?

Thank you 
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #329 on: April 25, 2014, 12:19:04 PM »
Has anyone tried to order pre-packaged meals from Pomegranate, Noahs Ark...ect to bring on their cruise? I am taking

Norwegian Cruise Line to Alaska in the summer leaving from Seattle, and was thinking to order a few of these meals to bring to have better food.

Anyone have experience with doing something like that on a cruise line?

Thank you

You should probably ask this in the cruise thread.

ETA: Never mind, I see that you already did.
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