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The end of August 2011 I flew to Alaska to visit my son who is in the Air Force. He was being transferred to the lower 48 and after a few days in Alaska we drove from Anchorage to my home. These photo's were taken in Seward Alaska and on the Alaskan Highway. The ride was long but the views were really beautiful. We saw flats, valleys, plain mountains, snow capped mountains and glacier covered mountain. Here is a little trivia for you. Of the 50 U. S. States which ones are the farthest north, west, east and south? You will be surprised if you do know the real answer.


Seward, Alaska

Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier by Seward Alaska got it's name because it was used as an exit from the Harding Ice field in the Kenai Mountains. It was first recorded crossing in 1968. Seward is one of the hub's for the Alaska railroad. It is one of the largest fishing ports in the US. It is also a tourist port for cruse ships. The person that designed the Alaskan flag was from Seward.

Anchorage to Seward highway
The Seward highway extends from Anchorage 127 miles to Seward. It is a two lane road and there are a lot of accidents on it. An accident could close the road for hours. While I was in Seward there was an accident south of Anchorage that closed the road for about 6 hours. The road does have a lot of great views of the mountains, rivers and valleys. My trip there was in the rain most of the time so the mountains were cloud covered. CLICK HERE for Seward Photo's.


Alyeska Glacier
Alyeska glacier is made up of seven glaciers. Girdwood was originally called Glacier City and was founded as a supply camp for placer gold miners. In the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964 the original town subsided into Turnagain Arm which is under water at high tide. The town was relocated two and a half miles up the valley. The glaciers are know as the Alyeska Glaciers. It is a resort town with the Alyeska Resort. The resort has a tram to go up the mountain and several hiking trails. From the upper lever there is a beautiful view of five of the glaciers and the valley. At one end of the valley is the glaciers and the other end is a view of the Turnagain Arm (inland waterway coming from the Gulf of Alaska up to Anchorage and inland). CLICK HERE to see photo's of the glaciers.


Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier. It is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide. It is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. It is the source of the Matanuska river. Parts of the formation contain abundant marine mollusks, foraminifera and radiolaria. Fossils of two dinosaurs have been recovered from marine mudstones in the formation. CLICK HERE to see photo's of the glacier.




The Yukon is the westernmost and smallest of the Canada's three federal territories. It was named after the Yukon River. The word Yukon means Great River the Gwich'in language. The territory was created in 1898 from the Hudson's Bay Company's North-Western Territory. The federal government updated the name to Yukon in 2003.
Mount Logan in the Kluane National Park and Reserve is the highest mountain in Canada and the second highest in North America. Mount McKinley in Alaska is the highest. We did not go by the mountain. CLICK HERE to see photo's.



British Columbia is the westernmost of Canada's provinces and is know for it's natural beauty. It's name was chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858. In 1871 it became the sixth province of Canada.

Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia.Yoho covers 507 miles and it is the smallest of the four contiguous national parks. CLICK HERE for photo's.



Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It is 4,200 miles and is located in the province of Alberta. Jasper was named after Jasper Hawes who operated a trading post in the region for the North West Company. Before that is was referred to as Fitzhugh. The park was established on September 14, 1907 as Jasper Forest Park and was granted national park status in 1930.

Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Glacier is one of six principal "toes" of the Columbia Icefield. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 6.6 - 9.8 feet per year. It has receded more than .93 miles in the last 125 years and lost over half of it's volume. The glacier is approximately 3.7 miles long and covers an area of 2.3 square miles and is measured to be between 300 - 980 feet thick. The glacier is accessible from the highway. The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance from the parking area. CLICK HERE to see photo's.


Banif National Park
Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park established in 1885. The park covers 2,564 square miles of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. CLICK HERE for photo's.


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