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For those with a naturalist streak, few places on earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska. Brown bears amble along the hills and plains, and more than 240 bird species inhabit Alaska’s Southwest region. The region’s terrain ranges from a landscape of volcanoes in Katmai National Park created by the 1912 eruption of the Novarupta volcano, to the windswept Aleutian Islands that make a 1,000-mile sweep toward Asia.

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Our adventure started in Anchorage, May 2006.  The next day, to Kenai.  I could not believe all of the wildlife that we saw – pods and pods of Orca whales, eagles, sea lions, seals, puffins, otters, glaciers.  A whale (maybe a grey) breached right at our boat.  Unbelievable!!!  What a true blessing to see.  Then, off for a southbound cruise from Whittier.  Glacier Bay – absolutely breath taking. I think that Skagway was my favorite town.  Soapy Smith.  What a character he must have been.  The train trip was very interesting.  Then Juneau – the gardens were beautiful and Mendenhall Glacier Park was – I just loved it.  Then Ketchikan – a very fun and exciting place.  I loved Totem Pole National Park.  And the lumberjack show; was a hoot!!  I will be back soon.  I can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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