Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage

Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage

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Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage by Sarah Eppenbach, Michelle Gurney


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762727971
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Edition description: Ninth edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Part 1Getting Acquainted with Alaska's Southeast
1.Southeast Traveler Basics3
When to Go4
What to Bring and Wear5
Using the Alaska State Ferries7
Traveling by Cruise Ship13
Before You Go16
If You Want to Hunt or Fish16
If You Want to Camp17
Viewing Wildlife21
2.The Lay of the Land23
The Panhandle23
Glacier Facts25
The Weather Forecast29
The Waters30
Everlasting Days and Nights32
3.Southeast Past to Present33
First Contact34
The European Explorers37
The Russian Occupation40
Racing for Gold47
When Salmon Was King51
Cashing In the Forest53
Short-Lived Ventures56
Southeast Today58
Southeast History in Brief60
4.Southeast's Native Heritage65
First Inhabitants65
Seagoing Culture66
Social Structure70
The Raven Cycle and Other Myths74
Art and Artifacts77
Basic Components of Totemic Design87
Into the Corporate Era94
5.Common Plants of the Inside Passage97
Habitats97
Trees98
Berries and Other Forest Plants104
Wildflowers108
6.Wildlife of the Inside Passage113
Land Animals114
Marine Mammals120
Fish and Shellfish126
Birds135
Pests140
7.Sights Along the Waterway145
Trollers, Gillnetters, and Seiners146
Clear-Cutting153
Navigational Markers155
Lighthouses156
The Narrows157
An International Boundary161
Part 2Exploring Alaska's Southeast
8.Main-Line Ports of the Inside Passage165
Of Special Interest165
Shopping for Local Art167
Ketchikan169
Wrangell186
Petersburg202
Sitka213
Juneau231
Haines258
Skagway275
9.Off the Main Line295
Hyder296
Metlakatla297
Prince of Wales Island299
Kake304
Angoon306
Hoonah309
Tenakee Springs311
Pelican314
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve315
Gustavus318
Remote Inns and Wilderness Lodges323
Southeast Alaska Lodging Directory331
Annual Celebrations, Festivals, and Special Events351
Information Sources355
Index359
About the Authors365

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