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On the ferry across Prince William Sound

We took the ferry (Alaskan Marine Highway which is the LIRR of Alaska) to Whittier today.  It was a 5 1/2 hour ride across the Prince William Sound.  We saw glaciers, otters and icebergs along the way.  Whittier is so small that there is only 1 tunnel to go in and out of town.  That would be fine except that the tunnel is also the way the train goes in and out.  So the only time outbound traffic can use the tunnel is every hour on the hour for 15 minutes.   So we arrived at 1:45 and went straight to the tunnel because if we missed the 2:00 opening we would've had to wait until 3 to leave!  It was wild to drive throught it, you were on the tracks and it was 2 1/2 miles long through a mountain.  The town was so small that we saw the whole thing on the way to the tunnel.

  We then headed south on the Seward Highway into Seward where we will stay until Friday.  We got a waterfront RV spot where we will stay tonight.  We drove around town and then went to Ididaride for our dogsled tour.  They had 90 dogs that they take care of and 16 of them took us for a ride.  The family that owns the company is a three generation Iditarod racing family.  This year the father came in 4th and the son in 6th.  We then saw puppies that were 2 weeks old and got to see the gear that the mushers use when they ride.  John was the model and got to put the stuff on.  We ate dinner in town, took the kids to the park and then went to our site.  The view of the water and the mountains is amazing and it actually got dark here before 11. 

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On the ferry across Prince William…
On the ferry across Prince Willia…
The town of Whittier
The town of Whittier
The other side of the tunnel in Wh…
The other side of the tunnel in W…
Sled dogs
Sled dogs
Getting ready to ride
Getting ready to ride
The puppies
The puppies
John the musher
John the musher
View from the RV site in Seward
View from the RV site in Seward
Seward
photo by: shadowflower