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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Travel BRANDON SUN Saturday Julv 6 2002 All Hotel Conference Centre Call 1866Elkhorn Visit our website at [email protected] BCAPt II mm RtsoRT NORTH to At passengers leave a cruise ship for shore excursions in a port of call on Alaskas Inside Passage last a tour group receives instructions before taking kayaks around Chilkoot Lake near Such excursions can be arranged for passengers of cruise ships that dock in Shore tours on Alaskas Inside Passage allow some dazzling closer perspective BY JOHN LUMPKIN Associated Press Alaska Minutes after leaving the dock in Auke the Cape Aialiks engines The captain manoeuvred the 21metre catamaran closer to the rock strewn A bald eagle apparently was swimming doing the breast die captain quipped over the ships So it The giant bird was engaged in a desperate match for perhaps 100 metres from the tourists on the Aialik who were Its problem was ironic it clawed a fish for but the fish The eagles hyperextended legs prevented its talons from releasing the The eagle gained the advantage with the furious beating of its wings and remained above the waters Once on its talons relaxed and shed the The battle now the eagle pecked away at what appeared to be a hefty It then flew the leftovers to the top of a nearby spruce to feed another member of its The Aialiks passengers were told they had just witnessed a special though excur sion guides also say drowning is a frequent cause of death among bald eagles in The encounter set the tone that brisk day in July for four hours of wildlife observation in the cold waters near The adventure concluded with a spectacular show by a hump back whale as big as a freight Whether by float heli fourwheel drive or thousands of cruise passengers a week patronize nature and history tours at southeast Alaskas ports of call in Skagway and The shore excursions can add US or more per couple to the sevenday cruise but dont assume Alaskas version of Wild Kingdom will unfold from the balconies of a cruise ship that is as tall as a 10storey That means you have to get off the boat for a closer forgoing the unlimited putting tournaments and casinos while the ship is If you ignored the cruise lines mailings about shore there are indepen dent vendors available when the ship arrives at one of the scheduled In meet a school teacher when she is not driving a busload of visitors to Totem Bight State sitka spruce and cedar grow on stumps of fallen trees because their roots cannot penetrate the rock below the thin layer of A walk through an Alaska rainforest ends in a mead ow by the Tongass Narrows where a collection of totems and the replica of a native clanhouse Shawnmarie chatters about life in southeast Alaska the boat that brings the weekly ship ment of toilet paper and other the houses that are built on floats so their occu pants pay no real estate the halibut burg ers that can be substituted for a McDonalds quarter The city of Ketchikan grew over water as well as beside The sliver of land beneath Deer Mountain where Ketchikan was estab lished was soon so developers extended the wharfs to accommodate more Some streets on the town map in wooden stairs up the adjacent Because it may rain more than 380 centimetres a the baseball field is The rain also produces rhododen daisies and blackberry bushes that flour ish in the parks and along the roadside and nature If a tour bus is too a fivekilometre trail starts at the Totem Heritage Center near Weissmann Travel Reports of cautions that it is for moderately experienced hikers in other its so wear your hiking boots The Totem Heritage Center houses 33 totems or totem some more than 150 years The musty and dark enclosure is an ancient library of because totems told stories for native people with no written They were not objects of pagan as missionaries originally Before the cruise ship make time for a tasty lunch of chowder and biscuit US at the New York Hotel Cafe next to A totem pole stands outside the Totem Heritage Center in a stop on a tour of the city in southeast On display inside the centre are totems and totem fragments up to 160 years Ketchikan At the mouth of the creek is a restored bordello on Creek The legacy of Ketchikans rowdy todays Creek Street is populated by galleries and curio The first cruise ship to Alaska was a steamer from Seattle in So says a display in the quaint and entertaining Corrington Museum in the rear of a gallery in Skagway by the same Women were instructed in a tour brochure to bring shoes with spikes for walking on glaciers and to wear short skirts that would not snag in the ships The cruise price in 1884 If time for excursions in Skagway is you must choose between the towns gold rush history sometimes sometimes sometimes heroic and the environ mental bounty of the Chilkoot and Chilkat A sixhour automobile trip from the basins are less than an hour away by the Fairweather Express a fast ferry across the socalled Lynn Canal to a former army From Alaska Nature Tours provides a wellequipped expe dition bus its a converted school bus and a pair of informative guides for a trip to see the The Chilkoot Rivers name means basket of large It flows downhill from a glassy lake to the tidal bisecting a dense for The Chilkoot is a popular salmon which the guides drolly report is very popular with the salmons predators the bears and Welcome to Sun Holidays 5714570 18773962220 527 Princess 2049859580 1012033 Portage Ave Winnipeg Book Online www 7 nights from Winnipeg I Cozurnel Mazatlan I Puerto Vallarta 1 Holouin Puerto Plata Punta From Toronto I MonteQO Packages ram Winnipeg 7 nights ICnziiiTiol air hotel 1197 I Co7uniel all Maatlan Mamtlan all Putiflo Vallarta nit hotel Puorto Vallarta aflirtclusMi 101V Varuduto all inclusive Holgiwi all inclusive 118V Puorto Plata allindusM PuntnCarci all uvJusnt 1122 From Toronto 7 nights Monteyo Bay Mnnteuo Bay air ftatnl Caribbean Crulces Book by Jury 13 and saw 1st Adull reg price now 2nd Adull rug now Priuj includes air arid cmiso from Toronto McPhail Travel CARBERRY New website Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball July 13 From plus gst 18004420611 TOUR TALK Alaska Youve booked an Alaskan cruise early enough to secure a stateroom with a private Youve seen the cruise line advertisement that One picture tells the One problem with the ad the photographic image of a whales fluke so close to the balcony is if not an outright fab Whales and other marine wildlife of Alaskas Inside Passage can be viewed from the huge but the distances are great think of spotting such an animal a half kilometre away from the 10th floor of an office shore tours are essential for close observation of nature that makes Alaska vacations Cruise lines offer advance tour but many tours also can be purchased upon arrival at the ports of Last Princess Cruises listed almost 100 ranging from deep sea fishing for halibut per per son to the Town and Totem tour of Ketchikan about Helicopter rides per person 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