Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Iditarod 41

Photos and stories from the last great race.

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Bird Treatment and Learning Center hold open house

Petra is a bald eagle that has been with Bird TLC since 1995. Bird Treatment and Learning Center invited the public to visit and learn about bald and golden eagles at its Save the Eagles event on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Bird Treatment and Learning Center invited the public to visit and learn about bald and golden eagles at its Save the Eagles event on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Aerials from Birchwood to the Alaska Range

Sunlight sparkles off the braided channels of the Susitna River near the mouth where it empties into Cook Inlet on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The Susitna Valley and Alaska Range from the air.

A Day along Turnagain Arm

Tracey Knutson steps onto the shore with a salmon near the Twentymile River bridge on Monday, August 13, 2012 along the Seward Highway. Knutson, her son Bergen Knutson, Mike Benoit and dogs Karma and Drake were on a trip up the Twentymile River.

Turnagain Arm mud, trains, kiters and more.

Birds of Summer 2012

A pair of swans float on the still waters of Kashwitna Lake as the sun sets along near the Parks Highway north of Willow on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Avion families in the Anchorage area.

Denali Zipline Tour

Alan Campbell zips through the forest. Denali Zipline Tours has 9 ziplines several swinging bridges and a rappel in the forest canopy outside of Talkeetna, AK on Friday, July 27, 2012.

Zipline through the forest canopy outside of Talkeetna, AK.

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Birds of Spring 2012

Resident and migratory birds are busy feeding, courting and preparing for nesting as spring arrives at thawing Westchester Lagoon, the Cook Inlet shoreline and other ponds and lakes around Anchorage.

PHOTO GALLERY

Baby musk ox

Musk ox mothers stick close to their calves at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Twelve musk oxen have been born so far this season at the Musk Ox Farm. Staff at the farm are busy combing the animals to gather quviut which will be made into hats and scarves by Oomingmak, a cooperative of craftspeople. The Musk Ox Farm officially opens for the season on Mother's Day, May 13. Mothers are admitted free to the annual open house.

Twelve musk oxen have been born so far this season at the Musk Ox Farm. Staff at the farm are busy combing the animals to gather quviut which will be made into hats and scarves by Oomingmak, a cooperative of craftspeople. The Musk Ox Farm officially opens for the season on Mother's Day, May 13. Mothers are admitted free to the annual open house.

PHOTO GALLERY

Fall Colors

The leaves turn yellow as the fall colors grace Kincaid Park on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Fall colors in Southcentral Alaska.

Ice climbing along the Turnagain Arm

Scotty Vincik climbs on the PFM ice climb while his partner Matt Suddock belays him along the Seward Highway across from Turnagain Arm on Saturday January 12, 2008.

Recreation is key to surviving Alaska's long, dark winters. Truly ambitious outdoor enthusiasts have pounced on a vault of creative opportunities, including making use of the frozen waterfalls for ice climbing along the Seward Highway.

Sledding

People braved the icy conditions at Russian Jack Springs Park to go sledding on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, 2010.

People braved the icy conditions at Russian Jack Springs Park to go sledding on a brisk Sunday afternoon.

Surfing the bore tide

A group of Stand Up Paddle Surfers rode the bore tide along the Turnagain Arm near the Seward Highway on Friday September 10, 2010 with the Kenai Mountains in the background. The paddle surfers led by Scott Dickerson with SurfAlaska out of Homer, AK rode the incoming tide from Peterson Creek to as far as the Twenty Mile River at sunset. Dickerson and Mike McCune also tried to catch the bore tide near Bird Point but the bore did not develop at that point.

A rare phenomena, a bore is a long wave that forms from an incoming tide, and then travels long distances up a river or inlet. In Southcentral, the Cook Inlet bore tide along the Turnagain Arm is a sight to behold and on good days, paddle and wind surfers dot the inlet hoping to catch a ride.

Whitewater rafting

The Six-Mile-Fest  whitewater kayak and pack raft festival on Saturday August 21, 2010. The whitewater event featured Kayak and pack raft time trials, mass start races and and a rodeo at the Boston Bar with beer and food and camping at the bar.

Whitewater rafting is a passion hard to quench, but the Six Mile River near Hope on the Kenai Peninsula offers class 4 and 5 whitewater.

Reader photos from Alaska

Moose sightings

Location: Point Woronzof, 10/1/2012 
Bull moose and his harem of cows, Point Woronzof. (There were 5 cows in the area)

Location: Point Woronzof, 10/1/2012 Bull moose and his harem of cows, Point Woronzof. (There were 5 cows in the area)

Alaska birds

Location: Moose Pass , 10/1/12 
A pair of swans and thier three grey cygents feed in the shallow waters of Tern Lake.

Location: Moose Pass , 10/1/12 A pair of swans and thier three grey cygents feed in the shallow waters of Tern Lake.

Alaska Wildlife sightings

Location: Cooper Landing, 9/25/12 
Lucky our last remaining resident snowshoe hare drops by to nibble on some clover.  We named him lucky becou ...

Location: Cooper Landing, 9/25/12 "Lucky" our last remaining resident snowshoe hare drops by to nibble on some clover. We named him lucky becou ...

Bear sightings

Location: Brooks Falls, 07/31/12 
Snorkling for salmon.

Location: Brooks Falls, 07/31/12 Snorkling for salmon.

Alaska cabins

Location: Cooper Landing, 9/5/12 
Termination Dust on Kenai Mountains reflected in cabin windows.  Time to get the firewood in!

Location: Cooper Landing, 9/5/12 "Termination Dust" on Kenai Mountains reflected in cabin windows. Time to get the firewood in!

Reader-submitted: Mat-Su scenics

Location: Long Lake---Near Chickaloon Alaska, 07/26/12 
Visiting from San Diego and had to stop the car for a photo.  Alaska is so beautiful!

Location: Long Lake---Near Chickaloon Alaska, 07/26/12 Visiting from San Diego and had to stop the car for a photo. Alaska is so beautiful!

Alaska Wolves

Location: Headwaters Ugashik River, 01/06/2012

Location: Headwaters Ugashik River, 01/06/2012

Snowmachines

Location: Alyeska Resort, 05/05/12

Location: Alyeska Resort, 05/05/12

Hunting gallery

Location: Copper River, 12/23/2011 
This is Marlene's moose!

Her pic with the small bull in mine!

Location: Copper River, 12/23/2011 This is Marlene's moose! Her pic with the small bull in mine!

2009 Nice Catch: Salmon

Who: Kodiak Combos
The Fish: Salmon -  48inches 67 pounds
Location: Old Harbor

Who: Kodiak Combos The Fish: Salmon - 48inches 67 pounds Location: Old Harbor

2009 Nice Catch: Halibut

Who: Rick Fyhrlund
The Fish: Halibut -  94in. 335lb.
Location: Cook Inlet

Who: Rick Fyhrlund The Fish: Halibut - 94in. 335lb. Location: Cook Inlet

Alaska's Glaciers

Location: Mendenhall Glacier Juneau, 11/21/09

Location: Mendenhall Glacier Juneau, 11/21/09

2009 Fall

Location: Flat Top - Anchorage, 09/18/09 
First snowfall during hike at Flat - Top Moutain - Awesome!

Location: Flat Top - Anchorage, 09/18/09 First snowfall during hike at Flat - Top Moutain - Awesome!

2009 Summer solstice

Location: The Snow Goose Rest 
This was taken from the roof of the snowgooose at about 10:00pm

Location: The Snow Goose Rest This was taken from the roof of the snowgooose at about 10:00pm

2009 Arctic Man

Location: arctic man 2009

Location: arctic man 2009

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