While Alaska is home to immense wilderness, it also has many people who call the land within its borders home. After spending time here, we could feel the draw of this beautiful state. Even though we were far from the rest of the country and the people & places that we were most familiar with, we started to understand why people would choose to live here. Our amazing glacier adventures in Whittier and Anchorage added to awe-inspiring appeal of The Last Frontier.
Whittier Past & Present
The vacant building is the Buckner Building. This was the barracks and main housing facility during the military presence. Because of the military origins, the town has very little private property and most of the residents live in the single large apartment building currently called the Begich Towers.
This building was originally the headquarters for the Army Corps of Engineers, but they too moved out shortly after the war. Over the years this building has become the central hub for Whittier as it houses it residents, a small store, post office, police, and many other essential amenities. We were told that many residents never even need to leave the building during some of the winter months as everything they need is under one roof.
Glacier Jet Ski Adventure!
Turnagain Arm Bore Tide
True Tidal Wave?
Here the incoming tide actually creates a shallow wave that is big enough to surf!
Anchorage Helicopter Flight
Heading back North
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