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Hogfamily start their 2012 Alaska Summer Adventures.

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Date: 5/17/2012

Hogfamily kicks off our summer adventures with a school field trip to Whittier and a Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise.

On the way to Whittier we made a stop at the Indian Valley Mine to learn about gold mining and how to pan for gold. We, adults and kids, had a great time.

The owners of the mine Arlene and Roger Cowles are gracious hosts. They opened the mine several days early for our field trip.


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Rodger tells us about the history of the Indian Valley Mine.

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Arlene and Roger teach us how to pan for gold.

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Now that is a gold nugget!

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Arlene and the hogminers.

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We all had a great time at the Indian Valley Mine!



Next it was to Whittier for our glacier cruise with Major Marine Tours.

We were privileged to be on Major Marineĺs first Prince William Sound cruise of the season.

Our most awesome catamaran for the cruise.

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Captain Tom.

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Captain Morgan.

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Yes, really, Captain Morgan, (check out his hat). There were many comments about him being ôCaptain Morganö. Iĺm sure he has never heard any of that before.

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On the way out to the Beloit Glacier the crew served a great all you can eat salmon and prime rib lunch with all the fixinĺs.

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The Crew is the BEST!


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Beloit Glacier.

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Snow slide; kind of a mini avalanche.

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Glacier explorers.

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On the way to the next glacier the kids tried out their marine biology skills. Their teachers brought microscopes so that we could study the tiny creatures that are in the seawater. The boat crew was most helpful; stopping and helping the kids dip seawater to study.

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Blackstone Glacier.

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Snow slide.

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Heading back to Whittier.

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If you look really close you can see a mountain goat in near the center of the photo.

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Whittier Harbor.

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One of our boyĺs classmateĺs parents owns the Swiftwater Seafood CafÚ in Whittier. They treated all of us to a great chicken & fish and chips dinner.

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All too soon it was time to head back home.


Waiting to enter the Whittier Tunnel.

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What a great field trip! We panned for gold, saw lots of different kinds of birds, a killer whale, mountain goats, a humpback whale, microscopic sea creatures, glaciers, and had a great lunch and dinner!


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