After one last stop at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival, an excellent craft and food market at Ship Creek, we headed south along the Turnagain Arm. Tides here run +/- 40 feet and you can watch a tidal bore (wave) come in. We got as far as Girdwood and used that as a jumping off spot to get to Portage Glacier and Whittier. For $10 we overnighted at the Alyeska Resort and took the tram to the top of the Chugach Mountains for a great view of the area, and a drink at the luxury Seven Glaciers Restaurant. (Wish we could have afforded dinner there!)
The next day it was off to Portage. A stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was well worth the visit. You could get up close and personal with rescued animals of all types. Next was the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, with a great view of Portage Lake, and movies and ranger talks about glacier formation. Portage Glacier itself had retreated back around the bend, and so was not visible. A one hour boat tour could take you to the base. A few ice bergs accumulated in the lake during our visit, so I guess the glacier was calving. There were several nice forest camps in the area.
The trip to Whittier involves a trip through a 2 ½ mile, straight-as-an-arrow, train tunnel. Autos pass through only one way at a time, so you must time your passage, especially if you have a boat tour scheduled at the other end. A tour of Whittier took about 10 minutes, and then we stopped for lunch. A couple of good spots had outdoor dining right on the harbor, but unfortunately we didn’t pick the one that had rhubarb crumble for dessert.