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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #540 on: August 07, 2020, 06:09:41 AM »
I'm interested in going to Alaska next week. Does anyone know if there are set minyanim that I can rely on?

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #541 on: August 08, 2020, 11:03:46 PM »
Are there any Minyan in Alaska this week

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #542 on: August 19, 2020, 11:51:54 AM »
We (2 guys) will IYH be arriving in to Anchorage on Sunday at 11:30 AM and will be departing on Thursday at 10:00 P.M.

1) What are the must do's and see's in Alaska on a budget?
2) Which tour experiences (if any) must be done and with which operator?
3) Which specific parks should be visited and which hiking trails should be taken?


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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #543 on: August 24, 2020, 12:42:06 PM »
Day 01: Sunday August 23, 2020
Arrived on SY 471 @ 10:15 AM.
We registered with the State and provided proof of a test taken within 72 hours. You honestly could've typed up an email by yourself. We then picked up a red Hyandai Santa Fe from National (No Emerald Aisle). Stopped in Costco for some food. Picked up our Walmart Grocery Order. Went to the diamond center Mall next door to buy a jacket. From there we drove to Matanuska Glacier for our 4 PM tour with Mica Guides ($117/PP). You technically can pay just $30 to get in and hike the glacier yourself. You need to rent crampons and know what you are doing or you can fall and injure yourself real bad or worse. There is no one around to help. So you really need to take the tour. The guides of this tour company are from the lower 48 and don't get paid; they rely on tips. They do this job because they are passionate about the outdoors and therefore make for excellent guides. As there are no words to describe the views I will post pictures.















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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #544 on: August 24, 2020, 02:17:52 PM »
Why do you think they don't get paid?
I used them 2 weeks ago and I did tip because my guide was very good but where did you get from that they don't get paid?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #545 on: August 24, 2020, 08:21:05 PM »
If the guide doesn't get paid, what are you being charged fro? Entry fee alone is $25-$30. What's the rest for? 

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #546 on: August 25, 2020, 05:49:55 AM »
If the guide doesn't get paid, what are you being charged fro? Entry fee alone is $25-$30. What's the rest for? 
Why do you think they don't get paid?
I used them 2 weeks ago and I did tip because my guide was very good but where did you get from that they don't get paid?
The guides are given a $500 monthly stipend to spend on food. When you pay $79, your paying the tour company.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #547 on: August 25, 2020, 05:54:36 AM »
We are back in ANC for the night.
We want to drive down and hit Girdwood, Portage, Seward, and Whittier.
Any budget minded recommendations?

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #548 on: September 01, 2020, 12:47:19 AM »
No idea what Valpak is, but the coupon worked great:

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #549 on: September 01, 2020, 01:29:04 AM »
No idea what Valpak is, but the coupon worked great:

https://majormarine.com/valpak/

yes somebody else posted about it earlier and i just gave them the code val on the phone and it saved me 30 percent. I owe a thank you to that poster ( i don't remember who it was ) for saving me a nice chunk of change.
We were very fortunate that we took the tour on a day that the offshore whales came in. Apparently that takes place approx. twice a year.
Although the near shore whales go in small groups the offshore whales go in large pods .It was not possible to count them as they were spread over a nice size area but there were prob. in the vicinity of 30- 40 whales. We saw multiple breaches (where the whale jumps totally out of the water ) and at one point a few of the whales came right up to the boat and you could hear them snorting or whatever you call the sound they make. You know it's something special when the whole crew is on the deck and filming with their smartphones .

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #550 on: September 06, 2020, 04:50:09 PM »
yes somebody else posted about it earlier and i just gave them the code val on the phone and it saved me 30 percent. I owe a thank you to that poster ( i don't remember who it was ) for saving me a nice chunk of change.
We were very fortunate that we took the tour on a day that the offshore whales came in. Apparently that takes place approx. twice a year.
Although the near shore whales go in small groups the offshore whales go in large pods .It was not possible to count them as they were spread over a nice size area but there were prob. in the vicinity of 30- 40 whales. We saw multiple breaches (where the whale jumps totally out of the water ) and at one point a few of the whales came right up to the boat and you could hear them snorting or whatever you call the sound they make. You know it's something special when the whole crew is on the deck and filming with their smartphones .

I'll take the ht for the coupon - was posted here https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=118247.msg2292457#msg2292457 . Glad that you all enjoyed.

SF - didnt you go to Prince William and not to Seward?

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #551 on: September 06, 2020, 04:56:47 PM »
SF - didnt you go to Prince William and not to Seward?

Did PWS twice this summer and Seward once.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #552 on: September 06, 2020, 10:10:52 PM »
I'll take the ht for the coupon - was posted here https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=118247.msg2292457#msg2292457 . Glad that you all enjoyed.

SF - didnt you go to Prince William and not to Seward?

yes thanks I just reread your post  .I found exit glacier to be a pass you can't get close to it any more. Years ago you were able to go right up to the glacier but it has receded so much that you aren't even close.unless you did the hike up to the ice field i see no reason to go
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #553 on: September 08, 2020, 06:27:53 PM »
Did PWS twice this summer and Seward once.

After doing both cruises, which one would you recommend? 

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #554 on: September 08, 2020, 06:42:48 PM »
After doing both cruises, which one would you recommend?

PWS:
Pros: crazy smooth water (relative to Seward) more convenient (unless you're going to Seward anyway), two extremely active and close tidewater glaciers, way more glaciers in general, waterfalls, and closer, more distinct landscape.
Cons: not a whole lot of wildlife, faster boat so extremely windy in the bow.

Seward (Kenai Fjord trips):
Pros: tons of wildlife, more varied landscape, slower boat so the bow is often comfortable, ticks off a National Park box.
Cons: Weather is typically quite horrible, and seasickness could pretty much be guaranteed. Only one tidewater glacier, and not quite as active as PWS.
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