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Old 07-17-2015, 10:33 PM   #31
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Actually, we travel a lot and have been in lots of very strange situations that didn't seem very funny at the time but we laugh at them now. Maybe time changes your view of the situation otherwise you might never travel again.
If everything goes absolutely smoothly on a trip, you have nothing to talk about when you get home and even less to remember as the years go by. That's my philosophy...
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:44 PM   #32
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One other thing worth mentioning on taking the trailer on a ferry ride up (or down) the inside passage is that if it's an overnight ride they do not allow you to sleep in your trailer. Think it was you sleep on the floor upstairs unless you pony up another $200 for a bed.
You're right. This was two nights and when we were young we were more willing to trade comfort for $. One time we were so fed up with sleeping on the floor and being treated like we were cattle class we actually broke down and paid for a cabin. But now, it was a no brainer.

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Thought I'd re-post the grizzly pic, cause it is worth it.
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:42 AM   #34
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Thought I'd re-post the grizzly pic, cause it is worth it.
Thanks for fixing it Glenn. Boy, looking at the size of those claws The guy on the news tonight that was attacked by one was really lucky he didn't get ripped apart. On the other hand, she was only defending her cubs, so I'm glad they decided not to shoot her.

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I had one come right up next to my car, eating dandelions. I think they're used to tourists. My dogs' eyes were sure big. I had the windows closed, but it didn't seem very interested in us.

Mine wasn't as big as that guy and I was still getting pretty nervous.
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If everything goes absolutely smoothly on a trip, you have nothing to talk about when you get home and even less to remember as the years go by. That's my philosophy...

We learned that along the way on our first trip. It's something that you've mentioned before Karen, as well as some other veterans of the Forum like Donna. Doesn't really register though until you look back on it. Yes, some of glitches, problems, mishaps and close shaves during our journeys turn out to be the most memorable things.
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Jim, the Alaska ferry seems a little spendy, at $2,100 Cdn. from Haines to Prince Rupert but compared to $1600 for BC Ferries from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, about half the distance, it's not bad. It also eliminated about 1400 km. of driving on a road that's a bit iffy.
That is about what I expected. I don't think it is that bad of a deal for what you get, and save. It would likely cost $600 for fuel to drive, plus like you say, the cost of the wear and tear on your vehicle. Plus, you get to float past some absolutely gorgeous country, and there is no other way to explore this small cities/towns, other than flying in, and that alone will cost you near what the ferry costs were.

Where all did you get off the ferry? My thought is to explore all the stops as much as possible. We really loved the time spent in Juneau and especially Sitka last month, and would love to go back, and even explore a couple more towns along the way south.

So as not to completely hijack your thread, I will just put up links to a grizzly we saw on our trip last month, instead of photos. This was way gone from civilization, and we paddled in kayaks up to within 100' of him watching him eat grass. He did not seem bothered or threatened by us in the least.

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Jim, thanks for adding the photo links. Michele loves them. When they carry on as normal, not paying too much attention to humans at a distance, it shows that they're not the human predators they're sometimes made out to be. I think it's more that they size things up in black and white. Either you're a threat to them or their cubs and they react with aggression or they don't view you as a threat and they carry on as normal. Great to see them in the natural state.

The only place where we disembarked for two nights was Juneau. The other stops we had time to get off and look around. Not quite enough time in a couple of places but enough to put a face to the name.

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... a grizzly we saw on our trip last month...
This was way gone from civilization, and we paddled in kayaks up to within 100' of him watching him eat grass. He did not seem bothered or threatened by us in the least.
For anyone traveling up the west coast, there are lots of interesting wildlife viewing opportunities. Seeing grizzlies from the water does allow a safe relatively close
approach, without disturbing the bears, when done properly. We took this trip from Prince Rupert, which was a great experience:
Prince Rupert Adventure Tours - Grizzly Bear Tour
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Jim, thanks for adding the photo links. Michele loves them. When they carry on as normal, not paying too much attention to humans at a distance, it shows that they're not the human predators they're sometimes made out to be. I think it's more that they size things up in black and white. Either you're a threat to them or their cubs and they react with aggression or they don't view you as a threat and they carry on as normal. Great to see them in the natural state.

The only place where we disembarked for two nights was Juneau. The other stops we had time to get off and look around. Not quite enough time in a couple of places but enough to put a face to the name.

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We have come upon a mother grizzly with 3 cubs while hiking in Wells Grey Provincial Park in BC. We came over a small ridge and were within 200' of them. Momma got wind of us, and we watched their rear ends for about 29 seconds tops. A short experience, but still nice to see. This was a good ways from civilization too, and they have little encounter with humans.

Would you be able to get off with your vehicle and trailer at other stops if you wanted? I know there is little road around most of these towns, but still lots of great things to see. I know there was a campground at Sitka, but I bet you could easily find a place to park with some business. A very friendly city.

This is a trailer we saw in Sitka. It is a moulded fiberglass fifth wheel called a Transcontinental Coach. Canadian made from 75-78. Required a flat deck or modified bed truck to tow.

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