Alaska trip report and photos..

Nov 15th, 2004, 09:01 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Alaska trip report and photos..

Hello fellow travelers, I have finished posting my trip report and photos onto my travel journal from our July 2004 trip to Alaska. You can find the website at www.nbhtravel.com I think it will be very helpful to anyone planning an Alaska vacation. Here is a synopsis:
We flew into Anchorage-rented a car
drove to Homer
went whale watching with Rainbow Tours
flew to Katmai via Bald Mountain Air
picked up our rv from Great Alaskan
hiked Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield
drove to Seward and did tour with Kenai Fjord Tours
hiked Matanuska Glacier
drove to Valdez
tour with Stan Stephens of glaciers/wildlife
hiked Worthington Glacier
drove Denali Highway
bus tour of Denali
drove back to Anchorage
hiked Flattop Mountain
flew home
This was a two week trip from July 15th-29th. Our report on our website contains lots of info and TONS of photos...bears, whales, other wildlife, and scenics. I hope everyone enjoys the report. Please feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer. Thanks.
velodurt is offline  
Nov 15th, 2004, 11:04 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 228
Lovely photos! Is photography your profession or just a talent? They are amazing. It makes me want to go to Alaska that much more!
Mazey is offline  
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:58 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Hi Mazey, Thanks for the compliment. Photography is not my profession, right now I just sell a few prints here and there, but hopefully someday it will lead to a more lucrative career. I appreciate the positive feedback on the photography. Thanks for checking out the report. Have a great week.
velodurt is offline  
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:10 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 925
Velodurt,

Great report and fantastic photos! I highly recommend that others, especially hikers, check out the trip and hike descriptions.
Clousie is offline  
Mar 1st, 2005, 03:03 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 175
velodurt, the pictures of the wildlife viewing out of homer are awesome. what kind of camera and lenses did you use for these shots and were these on autofocus or manual. i'm just learning and your photography inspires me. thanks.
freespirit61 is offline  
Mar 1st, 2005, 03:17 PM
  #6  
gyppielou
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Well, well well, so much to take in, I have put you in my Favorites file to further explore you many travels! What type of camera are you using these days? I'm in the market for something new, and would like digital with manual options. Photo 101 with the old pentex is sooooo loooong aggooooo!!!!!!!!! Thanks for future trips to your website!
 
Mar 1st, 2005, 04:37 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 283
What an awesome report! Thanks so much!
Lina is offline  
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:48 AM
  #8  
jq
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 242
Velodurt,
I have to agree with the rest. Sounds like great trip. Too bad about your first deposit, you just never know. We took the 1 day bear viewing trip to Katmai with Halo Bay and had a great trip too but not the big groups of bears as you had in your pictures. I can relate to your three bears on the trail incident, as we were sitting with the bears on the river bed, as close as 10 ft with no platforms or anything. And once or twice, we thought, what are we doing here? But it was great, and I loved your trip reports and pictures. We had wished we had booked the overnight trip already and your trip backs up that plan. We talked to a wildlife painter at our BnB in Anc who had just come back from Brooks Falls. Since you had to fly twice as far to Brooks as we did to Halo Bay, I can only imagine what the 3 day cost might have been. Hope you sell lots of photos. Thanks again for report.
jq is offline  
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:07 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
pop to top for summer
velodurt is offline  
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:08 PM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
And for you hikers out there check out our trip reports and photos on our personal hiking website at www.naturalbornhikers.com Thanks and enjoy.
velodurt is offline  
Apr 10th, 2005, 04:12 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,960
Loved your report and pictures.

I had just seen a program on TV about unusual campgrounds and Brooks was included. It really stirred my interest as I've always wanted to make that trip. We've done the usual Denali/Anchorage/Kenai RV trip and would like to go back but get off the road more.

Did you buy your camping equipment in Alaska or bring yours from home?

I'm sure there was a weight limit on the plane so did they suggest camping equ. to bring? I'm guessing you only brought a back packing (light weight) tent and sleeping bags.

Does anyone bring cooking equipment or is that out?

How far out did you need to make your camping reservations?

Thanks
Connie is offline  
Apr 11th, 2005, 05:10 AM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Hi Connie, Glad you enjoyed the report. To answer your questions: We brought our own camping equipment which consisted of two lightweight tents..one for gear one for sleeping, our sleeping bags, one bag for clothes for three people, and our monstrous camera gear We didn't bring any cooking equipment but most campers did, we opted to eat at the lodge. We were actually never told a weight limit by Bald Mountain Air, so I guess we didn't go over it. We made our camping reservations rather last minute ( thanks to the snafu with the thieves from Go Alaska)...I think in May if I remember correctly. Hope this helps. Have a great time at Katmai!
velodurt is offline  
Apr 14th, 2005, 08:49 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 8,296
Wow, what a great trip report!! Thank you for bringing it to the top!

Would you make some camera recommendations for novices?? We wouldn't know where to begin with the setups you have (huge lens, etc.), but we'd like to invest in a good camera--maybe digital. We're not technologically savvy about what's available, etc., but if digitals are the best way to go, we are quick learners and we'd like to purchase a good camera before our first trip to Alaska in June. Thank you!
BayouGal is offline  
Apr 14th, 2005, 11:23 AM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Hi BayouGal, Glad you enjoyed the trip report. As far as camera set-up goes I would look into the new Canon digital Rebel. It is an 8 megapixel camera, which means it will have great picture clarity at enlargements as big as 11x14. There are package deals out there complete with a lens for around $900.00 and some change. I highly recommend this camera...I have the Canon 20D and this is almost the same quality at half the price...good for a beginner and very user friendly. If that is more than you would like to spend look into the point and shoot varieties like the canon s500 of fuji finepix...both have great picture quality. I can personally vouch for the s400(now replaced by the s500) as well...my friend uses it for underwater shots and it does an amazing job! Hope that helps you out. Let me know if you have other questions. Have a great Alaska trip!
velodurt is offline  
Apr 14th, 2005, 02:37 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 8,296
Thank you so much, velodurt! I am shopping online now to see what's available. I really appreciate the prompt advice!

Also, we are doing the NW Kenai Fjords tour out of Seward and looking into Rainbow out of Homer. Would you recommend doing both . . . even though your Kenai trip was a wash? We are particually interested in whale watching. We'll be on the Kenai the end of May/first of June, so hope it's not too early. Did you see whales out of Valdez with Stephens?

Again, thanks for all the great info you are providing travelers to Alaska!
BayouGal is offline  
Apr 15th, 2005, 03:44 AM
  #16  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
I would definitely recommend both tours. Of course, we had a much better experience with Rainbow tours, but if the weather would have cooperated I am sure Kenai would have been amazing too. We did see one whale with Stephens...it put on quite a show--tail lobbing and splashing around...just farther away than the whales on the Rainbow tour. I am not sure when the whales start arriving, but hopefully you will get lucky. Happy travels.
velodurt is offline  
Jul 12th, 2005, 06:58 PM
  #17  
adoptionisfab
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Natural Born Hikers your website is amazing! I am impressed by your travels and photos.
 
Jul 15th, 2005, 04:13 AM
  #18  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Hey adoptionisfab, thanks so much for the kind words! Glad you enjoy our site...comments like yours make all the hard work worth it! Thanks for making our day Happy travels. ~The NBH Crew
velodurt is offline  
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:18 PM
  #19  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,067
amazing photos! wow! I'm contemplating a trip for next summer with a friend - his parameters are "US national park" and I said "how about Denali" so I just started searching... and came across your wonderful photos.

July looks like a great time to go, would June be just as appealing do you think?
flygirl is offline  
Oct 3rd, 2005, 01:13 PM
  #20  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 239
Cool flygirl, Glad you liked the photos! I have heard that June is also a good time to visit Denali. We picked July to coincide with the salmon run. Hope you have a great Alaska adventure! Thanks again for the compliment.
velodurt is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:29 AM.