Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage

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Discover the rich landscape and scenic beauty of Alaska's Inside Passage, including Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan. Alaska's Southeast details the region's history, culture, geography, and flora and fauna. It also provides extensive information on when to go, what to bring, how to get there and how to get around, where to eat, and where to stay. With more than 10 million acres of forest, 1,000 islands, 10,000 miles of shoreline, 50 to 70 major glaciers, and thousands of brown ...

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Overview

Discover the rich landscape and scenic beauty of Alaska's Inside Passage, including Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan. Alaska's Southeast details the region's history, culture, geography, and flora and fauna. It also provides extensive information on when to go, what to bring, how to get there and how to get around, where to eat, and where to stay. With more than 10 million acres of forest, 1,000 islands, 10,000 miles of shoreline, 50 to 70 major glaciers, and thousands of brown bears and eagles, Alaska's Southeast offers much to be explored.

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"Nothing important has been left out of this well-organized guidebook that covers everything from what to bring and wear to how to read a totem pole." --Alaska magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745357
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Edition description: Eleventh Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Gurney has a great love of the outdoors and a passion for travel writing. A Canadian, she is the author of a number of travel features for newspapers across Canada and is coauthor of Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks (Falcon). She lives in Banff, Alberta.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Getting Acquainted with Alaska's Southeast
Southeast Traveler Basics     3
When to Go     4
What to Bring and Wear     5
Using the Alaska State Ferries     6
Traveling by Cruise Ship     11
Before You Go     12
If You Want to Hunt or Fish     15
If You Want to Camp     19
Viewing Wildlife     20
The Lay of the Land     23
The Panhandle     23
Glacier Facts     24
The Weather Forecast     27
The Waters     28
Everlasting Days and Nights     30
Southeast Past to Present     31
First Contact     32
The European Explorers     34
The Russian Occupation     37
Racing for Gold     43
When Salmon Was King     47
Cashing In the Forest     48
Short-lived Ventures     51
Southeast Today     52
Southeast's Native Heritage     57
First Inhabitants     57
Seagoing Culture     58
Social Structure     61
The Raven Cycle and Other Myths     64
Art andArtifacts     67
Basic Components of Totemic Design     73
Into the Corporate Era     77
Common Plants of the Inside Passage     81
Habitats     81
Trees     82
Berries and Other Forest Plants     87
Wildflowers     91
Wildlife of the Inside Passage     95
Land Animals     95
Marine Mammals     101
Fish and Shellfish     107
Birds     114
Pests     121
Sights Along the Waterway     123
Trollers, Gillnetters, and Seiners     124
Clear-cutting     128
Navigational Markers     130
Lighthouses     131
The Narrows     133
An International Boundary     135
Exploring Alaska's Southeast
Main-Line Ports of the Inside Passage     139
Of Special Interest     139
Shopping for Local Art     141
Ketchikan     141
Wrangell     156
Petersburg     167
Sitka     175
Juneau     189
Haines     211
Skagway     226
Off the Main Line      241
Hyder     241
Metlakatla     242
Prince of Wales Island     244
Kake     248
Angoon     249
Hoonah     252
Icy Strait Point     253
Tenakee Springs     254
Pelican     256
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve     257
Gustavus     258
Remote Inns and Wilderness Lodges     260
Southeast Alaska Lodging Directory     264
Annual Celebrations, Festivals, and Special Events     283
Information Sources     286
Index     289
About the Author     296
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