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Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise Blog..by Jeff Tanchak

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - If you've been wondering where Jeff Tanchak has been at, he's been very busy...busy vacationing.

As a matter of fact Jeff is cruising his way to Alaska. The 19 Action News Chief Meteorologist is aboard the Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise: Hosted by Jeff Tanchak.

He'll be at sea from August 17th thru the 29th. While away, Jeff will be sharing some of his amazing experiences with you through the pictures and his short stories on this web site.

Day 1: Jeff lands in Seattle

Hey all. We landed in Seattle after a long flight. We leave for Vancouver in the morning to pick up the cruise ship. Unfortunately the bus can't go to downtown Seattle because the president is here and they have the city shutdown.  So we are hanging out at a mall until our rooms are ready.  I'll send a few pictures a little later. Weather is nice here.  83 and sunny.

Day 2: Sleepy in Seattle

It is early Wednesday morning here in Seattle.  We have a lot of cool people on this trip.  There are 41 folks in my group.  Going to have some breakfast here at the Embassy Suites.  We will load up on the bus to Vancouver.  It's about a 3 hour ride.  There we will get on the Holland America ms Volendam for a 3 night cruise to Skagway, Alaska.  Once in Skagway, we get on a train to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.  I will keep sending pictures and updates as often as I could so keep checking our Facebook page.  I may have some WIFI issues as we get into the Yukon.  I guess this one town we stay in has a population of only 123 people.  I don't think they even know computers exist. 

Hello from Alaska!

Hello from Alaska.  We just crossed back in from the Yukon Territory.  We are headed to Fairbanks and are spending two nights there.  The scenery remains incredible. 

Alaskan Adventure

Hello, Cleveland.  We are halfway through our journey through Canada and Alaska.  I am in Fairbanks the next 2 days.  Today, we are going on a riverboat through Fairbanks and we will be learning about the Alaska pipeline.  We are also going to meet the winner of the ididerod.  After lunch we will go and pan for gold.  Fairbanks is a neat little town with about 25,000 residents.  Some students from Alaska-Fairbanks will be talking to our group today about the lifestyle here.  The weather was pretty nice today with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s.  I've been trying to get a handle on the weather patterns here.  It's tricky with the mountains around.  We had no cell signal or Internet in the Yukon Territory, but now that we are back in Alaska it is much better.  I will be able to post more pictures on Facebook so check back. 

See you for now
-Tanchak

Denali National Park

I posted some pictures from Denali National Park.  Denali is located between Fairbanks and Anchorage.  Definitely the highlight of the trip.  We were the second group all summer to see Mt. McKinley.  The weather had to be just right and it was yesterday.  We also saw a grizzly bear on the side of the road.  We are on the last stretch of the tour.  We are taking a bus to Anchorage and spend the next 2 nights there before flying back home.  Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with about 225,000 residents.  More pictures to come from Anchorage.

-Tanchak

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