Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Port Alexander.
This page contains five sections:
Outdoor Activities ...
As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).
When in Port Alexander, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Port Alexander and the surrounding area.
- Astronomy & Satellites ...
Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above
website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed
sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
- To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above,
we pass this GPS location for Port Alexander:
- 56.248095, -134.647517
- Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
- The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Port Alexander
- Waymarking ...
Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
Curious and Interesting Names Near Port Alexander ...
As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.
In the vicinity of Port Alexander, Edna Bay is located 43 miles [69.2 km]<1> to the Southeast
How Far From Port Alexander to ...
We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Port Alexander to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Port Alexander and extending to:
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Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 142 miles [228.5 km]<1> to the north (N). If you could drive a straight line from Port Alexander to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 6 days.
The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,837 miles [4,565.7 km]<1> to the east (E). Driving would take 6 days, a buggy would take 111 days and walking would take 162 days.
The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,321 miles [10,172.7 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<4>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,056 miles [11,355.5 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,385 miles [8,666.3 km]<1> and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<6>
Other Roadside Stops ...
Communities in Alaska
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Port Alexander. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Port Alexander) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Port Alexander. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Port Alexander
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Port Alexander. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 56.2481, Longitude: -134.6475
|<2>||While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.|
|<3>||The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Port Alexander to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.|
|<4>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 351.409 degrees.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 354.738 degrees.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 335.587 degrees.||