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A Family Adventure in Alaska’s Wild and Historic Inside Passage

Program Number: 21351RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/26/2014 - 7/5/2014; 6/27/2015 - 7/5/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Inside Passage, Alaska
Price starting at: $5,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising; Family Programs Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 26; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 18 years of age.

Strike it rich on this quintessential family learning adventure along Alaska’s historic, wild and rugged Inside Passage. From the comfort of our small ship, have an enriching frontier wilderness experience at every port — from a mountaintop view aboard a tram high above Juneau, to rare totem poles, to learning about humpback whales and glaciers, and seeing lumberjacks climbing trees at jaw-dropping speed.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile. Climbing in, out of small craft. Paddling kayaks. No elevator on vessel; access requires steep stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Ketchikan (Alaska), 1 night; aboard Admiralty Dream, 8 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-2: Arrival Ketchikan (Alaska) / embark Admiralty Dream:

From the “Salmon Capital of the World,” go by catamaran to Metlakatla for a Tsimshian dance show and Misty Fjords to look for seabirds and towering waterfalls. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 3: Kasaan:

See the three totem poles Chief Son-I-Hat brought from Old Kasaan to the Whale House more than 100 years ago.



Day 4: Wrangell:

In the only Alaskan city to have been governed by four flags — Tlingit, Russia, Great Britain, U.S. — visit Petroglyph Beach and imagine who carved these 40 treasures thousands of years ago.



Day 5: Petersburg:

Explore this fishing village established by Norwegian fishermen in the late-1800s, walking the docks among harbor tugs, salmon trollers, seiners, longliners and crabbers.



Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord / Orca Point Lodge:

After a morning viewing harbor seals and calving glaciers in Tracy Arm Fjord, head to Orca Point Lodge to search for beach treasures, dip into the lodge’s “touch tank,” and feast on a dinner of salmon and king crab.



Day 8: Auke Bay / Juneau:

Experience the massive ice field Mendenhall Glacier, then ride the Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau through the rain forest to the 1,800-foot level of Mount Roberts for the best views in Southeast Alaska.



Day 9: Icy Strait:

Venture to Point Adolphus to view humpback whales, the acrobats of the ocean — breaching and slapping the water as they dive.



Admiralty Dream

The Admiralty Dream, a three-deck American small ship, can carry 52 passengers exclusively for Road Scholar. Watch the magnificent scenery pass you from the forward-facing Vista View Lounge.


Inside Passage

Alaska’s “panhandle” offers pristine beauty and a rich past. The Inside Passage’s towering glaciers and forested islands are only a short distance from picturesque towns and Indian totem poles. Located in southeast Alaska, it is full of Gold Rush history and is a popular cruise destination, where travelers can see whales, sea lions and bald eagles.




Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Lee Vale

Lee Vale spent the first 11 years of his life living on his family’s 43-foot wood fishing trawler, The Idle Hour. His commercial fishing family then settled in Yakutat, Alaska (pop. 691), which he still calls home. Lee’s love for southeast Alaska is reflected in the positions he has held as a Glacier Bay National Park & Wrangell St-Elias National Park and Preserve cultural interpreter and shore-side ranger. He joins us this season eager to be back on the water and share his stories about life in Southeast Alaska.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Cape Fox Lodge
  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage 1 night
   Admiralty Dream
  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage 8 nights
 Cape Fox Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: This three-story lodge is located in the Tongass National Forest and has a ski-lodge style interior featuring local native art, a river rock fireplace, beamed ceiling, overstuffed chairs and spectacular views of forest, mountains and water. Its native art celebrates the Alaskan landscape and culture through totem poles and wood carvings. The surrounding forest provides numerous recreational opportunities including flightseeing, sportfishing, eagle watching, kayaking, and hiking. Downtown Ketchikan, three blocks away, offers historic buildings and museums that explore the city's colorful past. The lodge is owned by a native corporation whose shareholders are direct descendants of the Tlingit, Saanya Kwaan people. The lodge carries on the native tradition of hospitality providing food and shelter for traveling friends.
  Contact info: 800 Venetia Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901 USA
phone: 866-225-8001
web: www.capefoxlodge.com
  Room amenities: Rooms include :Cable/satellite TV, blackout drapes, free local calls & voice mail, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, coffee maker, clock radio, mini-fridge and microwave oven.
  Facility amenities: The lodge offers 69 standard hotel rooms, 2 suites and 1 deluxe room; 24-hour front desk; on-site restaurant, lounge & café; complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi); room service; business & secretarial services; send out dry cleaning service; laundry facilities (limited hours); and elevator access in main lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact lodge Contact lodge at 866-225-8001 for current pricing.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Admiralty Dream
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: The three-deck American small cruise ship is 166 feet long and can carry 68 passengers on exclusive sailings for Road Scholar. The first thing guests notice when stepping into the Vista View Lounge aboard the Admiralty Dream is light, air, and views - wide picture windows port and starboard, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing forward. Backing the delightful scene are a bar and library with exquisitely detailed woodworking. Ample outside deck space and easy access to the extra-roomy bow area are perfect spots to view the sights around you. Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the vessel including all staterooms. Smoking is permitted on selected outside decks.
  Contact info: N/A
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 907-723-3281
web: www.alaskandreamcruises.com/alaskan-dream-ship/admiralty/
  Room amenities: Every cabin has shampoo, body wash and a hair dryer.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Dinner is at 7:00 PM. If Travel Services is arranging your flights, they will make every effort to get you to Ketchikan by this time. You will be staying at Cape Fox Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
We will explore the town of Sitka on the last morning. Please schedule flights departing Sitka after 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Admiralty Dream the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Young Learners also need to return the Parental Consent Form (one per child). THIS FORM DOES NOT NEED TO BE NOTARIZED (that applies only for international programs). Please return this form even if the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are traveling with the child. The Required Information For Ship Boarding and Rain Gear Form is required. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and arrival time INTO Ketchikan and OUT OF Sitka so that shuttle service can be arranged for you. A picture ID (passport, state issued ID, or driver's license) will be required to board the vessel for adults. While this program does not travel through Canada, if your travel plans route you there, children traveling with one of their parents should have a note signed by the other parent permitting travel.
  Parking availability:
Ketchikan is not accessible by road. The only way to get a vehicle there would be to bring one aboard the Alaska Ferry. Parking would be available, but at a considerable cost. The program ends in Sitka, so participants would need to get back to Ketchikan.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
  From End of Program
  Location: Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Ketchikan, AK

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alaskan Dream Cruises

   

Alaskan Dream Cruises, the Road Scholar cruise provider, will provide free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and arrival time INTO Ketchikan so that shuttle service can be arranged for you.

 

Sitka, AK

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alaskan Dream Cruises

   

Alaskan Dream Cruises, the Road Scholar cruise provider, will provide free shuttle service from the ship to the airport or a local hotel the day the program ends. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and departure time OUT OF Sitka so that shuttle service can be arranged for you. Participants staying after the program are responsible for booking their own transfer to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Continental USA Ketchikan isn't accessible by car. The only way to access Ketchikan is via air (Alaska Airlines is the only commercial carrier to service Ketchikan - www.alaskaair.com) or by ferry (Alaska Marine Highway- www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/). The Alaska Marine Highway has two sailings a week from Bellingham, Washington. Alaska Airlines has flights daily from Seattle or Anchorage.
Equipment Requirements: Rain gear is highly recommended. Alaskan Dream Cruises has rain coats, pants and boots available on board for your use during the program (without a fee). Comfortable walking shoes are necessary (they will probably get wet, so a good waterproofing is also recommended). Binoculars will also be available on board the ship but you have a pair you are comfortable with we suggest you bring them. A windproof jacket or parka is required (this could be the same jacket used for rain gear).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Arrive To: After arrival transfer to hotel and check in.

Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby, register with the program staff, and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner from a select menu provided by the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Our resident instructor will then provide an overview of the program.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in and get a good night’s sleep for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Cape Fox Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ketchikan / Lumberjack Show / Tsimshian Dance / Seabirds and Waterfalls
(Friday, June 27)

Note: You will need to be packed and have luggage outside your door by 8:00 a.m. for pick-up and transfer to the ship. Transfer from dock to ship via 65-foot catamaran, and from catamaran to ship via a short ramp with railing.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Led by a local expert, we will explore downtown Ketchikan. As part of our exploration we will attend an exciting Alaskan Lumberjack show featuring the skills and talents of these expert climbers! Following the show we will board a 65 foot catamaran bound for Metlakatla to enjoy a native dance performance by local Tsimshian dancers in full regalia.
 Lunch: We will have lunch during our field trip aboard the catamaran, typically sandwiches, salad, dessert, beverage.
 Afternoon: We will head to Misty Fjords and enjoy a relaxing cruise through this National Monument, a wilderness area administered by the US Forest Service. This pristine area features some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Seventeen thousand years ago the area was covered in ice. Massive glacier action carved out its present landscape- long saltwater fjords hemmed in by cliffs that soar as high as 3,000 feet into the air. Scenery ranges from tidewater estuaries to mountains often shrouded in mists, sky-blue lakes, waterfalls and the seemingly endless evergreen forest. Learn about the natural history of the fjords, listen to the calls of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist from the waterfalls along its cliffs.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner selections from a select menu featuring fresh, organic, and locally produced foods, usually including a seafood or meat entrée. Child menu options will also be available.
 Evening: Enjoy a leisurely evening onboard the ship and join in a sing along of Alaska folk songs.
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kasaan Ancient Totems / Wood Carving Demonstration
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Served in ship's dining room from a select menu which changes daily.
 Morning: In Kasaan, a small Haida village of about 40 people, we will be greeted at the dock by our Haida guide. We'll walk through a magical forest to visit the Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House, the only remaining Haida clan house in North America. Inside the clan house stand three original totem poles from 1880. Chief Son-I-Hat brought them from Old Kasaan, about seven miles from Kasaan, to put in the clan house.
 Lunch: Lunch location to be determined.
 Afternoon: We will continue our visit and enjoy a hands-on demonstration of wood carving while learning the ways of the Haida people. We will return to the ship late afternoon.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
 Evening: We'll recap the days events and follow with a talk by our leaders or maybe a movie!
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wrangell Petroglyphs / Tribal House / Totems
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: We will dock at the town of Wrangell, located in the heart of the Inside Passage, and coach to Petroglyph Beach to view the petroglyphs carved thousands of years ago. This area has the highest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the southeastern region of Alaska. We will then coach back into town to visit the Chief Shakes Tribal House, Totem park and the Wrangell Museum to catch a glimpse of the local history. Having been Tlingit territory and then under the jurisdiction of Russia, Great Britain, and the United States, Wrangell has the unique status as the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags".
 Lunch: Location to be determined.
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will continue our visit in Wrangell.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special menu created by the Admiralty Dream chef.
 Evening: Relax onboard as we recap our day's adventures.
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Petersburg Exploration
(Monday, June 30)

Note: Walk through bogland is on a gravel path for approximately one half mile.



   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Today's destination is charming Petersburg. Petersburg is a town that still makes its living from the sea and is not a port of call for large cruise ships. We'll visit this thriving fishing village which was established by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800's. Its strong Norwegian heritage is still evident and you'll see many fisherman working along the docks which harbor tugs, salmon trollers, seiners, longliners, and crabbers.

Join your Road Scholar leaders on a walk through a muskeg or bogland to a playground to provide time for the kids to play.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue our exploration of Petersburg and enjoy some free time to explore the town.
 Dinner: Enjoy yet another wonderful dinner onboard the ship.
 Evening: We'll recap the days events and have a presentation by our Road Scholar staff. Onboard staff will lead an orientation to procedures for tomorrow’s outdoor activities in Hobart Bay.
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hobart Bay Exploration via Skiffs, Kayaks and ATV's
(Tuesday, July 1)

Note: Activities in Hobart Bay are at particpants' option. Skiffs and kayaks require the ability to climb in and out of the boats. Before each event, crew give operating instructions, paddling instructions, safety instructions. Each group that goes out has two guides to provide assistance as needed.



   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Arriving at Hobart Bay, we will have a full day of exhilarating outdoor activities. You will explore the bay via 2-person sea kayaks and sturdy rubberized 10 person skiffs, and explore old logging roads via Kawasaki all-terrain vehicles. Kayak launchers make it easy to get into kayaks that are then slid into the water slowly.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Hobart Bay. If you were on the water this morning, try the all-terrain vehicles this afternoon, or vice-versa.
 Dinner: Following tonight's Recap, we enjoy a leisurely dinner.
 Evening: Your Road Scholar Group Leaders will provide a presentation this evening.
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord Wildlife Viewing / Skiff to a Glacier / Orca Point Lodge beachcombing and bonfire!
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on board.
 Morning: As we head down to breakfast we will depart for Tracy Arm. Tracy Arm may well be the most scenic fjord in Alaska. Or anywhere else for that matter. A narrow, twisting 30-mile fjord winds through soaring cliffs of granite and thousands of glittering icebergs. It culminates at the prolifically calving Sawyer and South Sawyer tidewater glaciers. Thousands of harbor seals dot the icebergs, and other wildlife proliferates too. This is an impossibly scenic place and a photographer's paradise. Along the way, our staff narrates the highlights for you.
 Lunch: Onboard ship.
 Afternoon: We wind our way back down the arm, pausing to view some of the spectacular waterfalls that spill out of the granite cliffs that line the fjord. Have an opportunity to ride a skiff to explore either the North or South Sawyer Glacier. We will then head to Orca Point Lodge with the opportunity to comb the beach for special treasures.
 Dinner: Here we will enjoy a wonderful dinner of Salmon and King Crab. At this beautiful lodge, get up close and personal with the Alaskan sea life by visiting the lodge's touch tank.
 Evening: End the evening with a roaring bonfire and a sing along!
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Auke Bay/Juneau/Tramway Ride
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: We arrive in Auke Bay, which is 12 miles north of Juneau, while we enjoy breakfast onboard the ship.
 Morning: We will leave the ship and board buses for a field trip to one of Alaska’s extraordinary natural wonders, the Mendenhall Glacier. This river of ice is one of 38 large glaciers that flow from the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield formed about 3,000 years ago. The glacier stretches 12 miles from the ice field down to its terminus at Mendenhall Lake. The glacier and surrounding area are protected by the National Forest Service as part of Tongass National Forest, the largest in the U.S., encompassing 17 million acres.The Visitor Center offers magnificent views of the Glacier and the lake, many displays and presentations, a short movie, and hiking trails. National Forest Service interpretive rangers will provide information and answer questions. We then explore Juneau. Originating with the Alaska Gold Rush in 1880, the miners’ tent camp grew into a small town, then kept growing as mines produced millions of dollars in gold well into the 20th Century. Tourism expanded as adventure travelers were attracted by the surrounding old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, salmon steams, bear habitat, and migratory whale routes.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch in town.
 Afternoon: Post lunch take a walking tour with your Road Scholar leader followed by a ride on the Mt. Roberts Tramway providing wonderful views of the surrounding area. Enjoy some free time to explore Juneau and transfer to the ship which will re-locate to town.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
 Evening: End the evening with a presentation.
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Icy Strait Humpback Whales/Cannery/Nature Walk
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy another relaxing breakfast onboard the ship!
 Morning: This morning will include some Humpback Whale watching as we explore Icy Strait, including famous Point Adolphus. Pt. Adolphus is one of the best whale watching destinations in North America. Humpback whales are acrobats of the ocean, breaching and slapping the water as they dive. The name humpback describes the motion it makes as it arches its back out of the water in preparation for a dive.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We will stop at Icy Strait Point at the old cannery site to take a nature walk followed by a visit to the cannery museum. We will also view an operational canning line.
 Dinner: Following our ending ceremonies enjoy our final gourmet captain's dinner!
 Evening: Relax and enjoy new found friends as we do a final re-cap of our outstanding adventure!
   
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Arrive Sitka and disembark
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Arrive To: We arrive in Sitka early morning with the opportunity to take a short walk through town with a visit to the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Bishop's House and St. Michael's Cathedral (pending air schedules). This will be followed by transfers to the airport, or to your hotel if you are staying beyond the program.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
 Breakfast: Breakfast this morning is our last meal on board.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Alaska


Author: James Michner


Alaska Trees and Shrubs


Author: Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little


Alaska's History: the People, Land and Events of the North Country


Author: Harry Ritter


Description: This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.



An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past


Author: Edited by Stephen w. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso


Description: This anthology is a compilation of essays by noted Alaska historians, geographers and naturalists and is easy to browse and read in small segments. The essays cover Alaskan history from the days of Russian-American Company domination to the threat of nuclear testing by the Atomic Energy Commission and provide an understanding of the events, themes and those involved in the development of the state.



Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska


Author: Kate Wynne


Description: This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.



Guide to the Birds of Alaska


Author: Robert Armstrong


Description: This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.



Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast


Author: Hilary Stewart


Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats


Author: Robert Armstrong


Roadside Geology of Alaska


Author: Cathy Connor


Description: Alaska is a mosaic patchwork, a collage of continental scraps swept in from the Pacific and added, one after the other, onto the far northwest corner of the continent. Here are the rocky foundations of Alaska, every bit as exotic as the landscape they support, just as varied and vital as the people who live in that landscape. Due to the rugged terrain and limited road access, this is not just a "roadside" book--it describes the geology of southeast Alaska as one might see it from the observation lounge of one of Alaska's comfortable ferries traveling the marine highway.



The Island Within


Author: Richard Nelson


Description: Richard Nelson a Sitka resident is recognized as one of the nation's best known nature writers. This is his account of his exploration of an unnamed Alaskan island which causes one to think about our own relationship with nature, and the importance of observing and participating in nature with reverence and a sense of wonder.



The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush


Author: Pierre Berton


Description: In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began.



The Sea Runners


Author: Ivan Doig


Description: In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Although fictional it is based on an actual incident in 1853.



Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole


Author: Lorie K. Harris


Description: Legends of the Tlingit people.



Travels in Alaska


Author: John Muir


Description: Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care and genuine feeling.





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