Friday, June 8, 2012

Alaska: The Last Frontier........

As many of you know Michael and I took a vacation to the great state of ALASKA!  It was an amazing trip.  I will try to share with you the details and adventures we had during our time in the Last Frontier.

I plan to give links to all the places and activities so you can check them out further and maybe someday go on your own Alaskan adventure!

We flew from Washington DC to Anchorage (layover in Seattle) in around 13 hours.  It was a LONG time.  As we sat in the sardine box, (I mean plane) I wondered if this long flight would be worth it????  Then as we got close to Anchorage I looked out the window and saw this:

Words cannot descrobe the beauty of the mountains below us.  They looked like they went on forever.  We saw hundreds of miles of southeastern Alaska.

As we got closer to Anchorage there was less snow.

Then BAM, we hit the Anchorage area.  It was a drastic change, but nice. Here is a little Wiki about Anchorage

View from the airport.
 We stayed at the Hampton Inn because it had a free shuttle that took you into dowtown and gave us a ride to the train station.  This saved us some $$$ because we didn't have to rent a car. There was a four hour time difference. We we tried to stay up so we could get on Alaska time.  Plus they have 18 hours of daylight, so it was daytime all the time, woo hoo!!!!    

The next day we had the shuttle drop us off downtown. 
 We rented bikes and rode Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Pete at the bike rental place was great.  He fitted us for the bikes and gave us tips about the trail. The trail was 11 miles one way.  We took another way back and ended up riding around 25 miles. 

We rode along the coast.  We thought we would be right next to the water, but it was
 low tide and it was mostly mud flats. 

We saw a moose grazing in a park. 

We rode past this lake where every house had a plane parked on their front lawn. 
They say the plane to people ratio is 1:50. 

Of course there is always time for FISHING!  Michael bought a 7 day fishing lisense and had a blast catching salmon, trought and bass.

So that was our first two days of our trip. Next is our train trip to Seward.  I have to go pick out which of the 100 pictures to share with you.  Plus I have to check out a thesauus so I don't keep using the words AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, AWSOME....... 


Donna said...

I'm looking forward to the next installment. Although we had a fabulous time, it's great to read your perspective.

Patti Conrad said...

I love your album! Hope I can get moving on mine but the outlook is bleak.

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