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Scenes from the road: Alaska Highway week one

2013/08/28by Donna Hull

While Alan and I are traveling on our Alaska Highway adventure (#YukonHo!), we’ll be posting weekly photo updates. Since time and internet connections are tight, we won’t waste any precious seconds introducing you to Alaska Highway Week One:

Northern Hotel in Republic, Washington

Northern Hotel in Republic, Washington

The first leg of the road trip took us from Missoula, Montana to Republic, Washington. We made a mental note to return to the western-themed town to explore and hike in the mountains of northeastern Washington. What a cute town.

Marina in Port Hardy, B.C.

Marina in Port Hardy, B.C.

After overnighting in Vancouver, we took the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and continued on to Port Hardy. The drive was especially scenic from Campbell River to Port Hardy. I was mesmerized by the sleek yacht parked in the marina.

Scarlett Point lighthouse

Scarlett Point lighthouse on Canada’s Inside Passage

A ride on the Prince Rupert ferry was the highlight of our first week on the road. The lighthouses were especially photogenic.

Whale spouting in the waters of Canada's inside passage.

The best of our whale sightings in the Inside Passage

Although we saw numerous whale spouts, this fin shot was the best that either Alan or I could do. We were hoping to photograph a whale breaching or humpbacks bubble feeding but the whales did not cooperate. There’s still a chance to catch a better whale shot on the return trip down the Alaska Marine Highway at the end of the trip.

Inside Passage mountain scenery in Canada

The mountainous terrain in Canada’s Inside Passage

The ferry ride took about 14 hours from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. The entire journey was a scenic glide through majestic British Columbia scenery.

That’s it for Alaska Highway Week One. Stay tuned for next week’s highlights.

Read the entire collection of Alaska Highway road trip articles to plan your own trip. Boomer adventure guaranteed.

What do you think of our trip so far? Have you visited any of the destinations that our photographs have highlighted? Post your tips in the comments. Of course we want to return to visit all of them again for a more in-depth exploration.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Uma August 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

The Inside Passage has such heartstopping scenery … just another reason why I just love living in British Columbia! :)
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