Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage

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Alaska's Southeast provides the most current information on Alaska's Inside Passage, a land of tidewater glaciers, coastal mountains, and forested islands. From the history of the region to how to get there, what to bring, and the best places to stay, this book has everything you need to plan a great vacation exploring the rich landscape and scenic beauty of Alaska's Southeast.
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Overview


Alaska's Southeast provides the most current information on Alaska's Inside Passage, a land of tidewater glaciers, coastal mountains, and forested islands. From the history of the region to how to get there, what to bring, and the best places to stay, this book has everything you need to plan a great vacation exploring the rich landscape and scenic beauty of Alaska's Southeast.
Use this guide as the definitive source for your Alaska travels and: view bald eagles, grizzly bears, and humpback whales in their natural habitats; learn how to "read" Native totem poles; hike the historic Chilkoot Trail; soak in natural hot springs; cruise Alaska's bay and fjords.
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We finally say farewell to the worn-out fourth edition which we've thumbed since 1991. Many a reverie go with it. (RC) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762711871
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: 8TH
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Sarah Eppenbach and her husband live in Lopez Island, Washington, and maintain a second home in Juneau. She writes for such magazines as Travel & Leisure, Travel-Holiday, and Alaska Airlines.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Part 1 Getting Acquainted with Alaska's Southeast
1. Southeast Traveler Basics 3
When to Go 4
What to Bring and Wear 5
Using the Alaska State Ferries 7
Traveling by Cruise Ship 13
Before You Go 16
If You Want to Hunt or Fish 16
If You Want to Camp 17
Viewing Wildlife 21
2. The Lay of the Land 23
The Panhandle 23
Glacier Facts 25
The Weather Forecast 29
The Waters 30
Everlasting Days and Nights 32
3. Southeast Past to Present 33
First Contact 34
The European Explorers 37
The Russian Occupation 40
Racing for Gold 47
When Salmon Was King 51
Cashing In the Forest 53
Short-Lived Ventures 56
Southeast Today 58
Southeast History in Brief 60
4. Southeast's Native Heritage 65
First Inhabitants 65
Seagoing Culture 66
Social Structure 70
The Raven Cycle and Other Myths 74
Art and Artifacts 77
Basic Components of Totemic Design 87
Into the Corporate Era 94
5. Common Plants of the Inside Passage 97
Habitats 97
Trees 98
Berries and Other Forest Plants 104
Wildflowers 108
6. Wildlife of the Inside Passage 113
Land Animals 114
Marine Mammals 120
Fish and Shellfish 126
Birds 135
Pests 140
7. Sights Along the Waterway 145
Trollers, Gillnetters, and Seiners 146
Clear-Cutting 153
Navigational Markers 155
Lighthouses 156
The Narrows 157
An International Boundary 161
Part 2 Exploring Alaska's Southeast
8. Main-Line Ports of the Inside Passage 165
Of Special Interest 165
Shopping for Local Art 167
Ketchikan 169
Wrangell 186
Petersburg 202
Sitka 213
Juneau 231
Haines 258
Skagway 275
9. Off the Main Line 295
Hyder 296
Metlakatla 297
Prince of Wales Island 299
Kake 304
Angoon 306
Hoonah 309
Tenakee Springs 311
Pelican 314
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve 315
Gustavus 318
Remote Inns and Wilderness Lodges 323
Southeast Alaska Lodging Directory 331
Annual Celebrations, Festivals, and Special Events 351
Information Sources 355
Index 359
About the Authors 365
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