Haines, Alaska

November 6-13, 2011

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Traveling to Haines, Alska is quite an adventure. Commercial flights into Juneau, stay the night, and then the 4.5 hour boat ferry to Haines. I spent the week at Lynn View Lodge. Rented an AWD "vehcile" from the same place. Simple traveling around Haines even if you don't know your way around town. You cannot get lost.

Eagles congregate along the Chilkat River, and they seem to know exactly where the eagle preserve borders are located. Once inside the preserve, eagles filled the river basin and trees. Parking on the highway is prohibited, except in pullover spots. The parking is adequate for the numbers, and the places to pull over are mostly where you what to go to see and photograph the eagles. Some parked and hiked along the paths for specific shots, but I never found the need/desire to hike more than a 1/2 mile. The best views were close at hand.

The Chilkat River basin is where you will find the hundreds of eagles from any given look-out point; however, the Chilkoot River/Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful background for the few eagles that stayed on that side of the mountain. The images with eagles in evergreens or sitting on rocks with the stream are from the Chilkoot Recreation Area. The harbor seal played just inside of the Chilkoot.

We got a "little" snow one evening. Just two feet. Cleared by late morning. Hardly slowed down a thing. The next day, just a 'dusting' of six inches of snow fell. In a place like Haines, no one seems to even notice that little amount of snowfall.

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