I am finally getting around to writing about or wonderful honeymoon to Alaska. We flew into Anchorage and stayed at Judy’s Touch of Class Bed & Breakfast. Jim and Judy were the most gracious hosts! We had the entire Nautical Suite in the basement to ourselves and were able to relax a bit before launching our week of Alaskan adventure!
Here are some quick facts for you:
1100 miles driven (in Bill’s dream truck, 2014 F150)
22.5 miles hiked
3 national forests visited
8 Alaskan towns visited
12 different animals seen that we have never seen before
5 glaciers flown over
2 different mountain ranges
2.5 miles of railroad tunnel driven through a mountain
And… we may have trespassed on Sarah Palin’s property to get a good picture…
- Monday we explored Anchorage and hiked Earthquake Park
- Tuesday we went dog sledding with some Iditarod winning dogs in Willow and hiked in Talkeetna (the base camp for those who climb Mt. McKinley) and even saw Mt. McKinley off in the distance
- Wednesday we drove 2.5 hours out Seward highway around Turnagain Arm and through mountains. When we arrived in Seward we hiked 10 miles around Resurrection Bay and made friends with 2 dogs that hiked the entire trail with us. We named them Harry and Bunker
- Thursday we went flight-seeing over glaciers and mountains, then took a tram up a mountain to have dinner at Alyeska Ski Resort
- Friday we hiked the Trail of Blue Ice to see Portage Glacier and Portage Lake (Which was frozen solid and we walked all over the lake). We drove 2.5 miles through the middle of a mountain on a one lane tunnel to the town of Whittier. The tunnel is shared by both directions of traffic and both directions of railroad traffic controlled on either end to allow only one way at a time.
- Saturday we shopped in downtown Anchorage, pet a moose in the back yard of the B&B. We visited Girdwood for the Slush Cup (craziness! Check it out here) and visited the Wildlife Conservation where we saw 3 bald eagles stealing fish from bears
- Sunday we drove Seward Highway for the last time, saw a movie, went bowling, ice skating and headed to the airport
- On the plane ride home we saw the Northern Lights out the windows and witnessed one of Gods most amazing pieces of artwork. We had tried to stay up earlier in the week to catch the lights but we couldn’t make it. I would say this was one of my most favorite parts of the trip! We had such an amazing view of the lights up above the clouds. Thank goodness our stewardess woke us up to see them!
Bill and I had so much fun and experienced so many different things we had never done before. We would love to go back and see more of Alaska. It is so big; we just got a small view of its magnificent beauty. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Alaska, DO IT! You will not regret it.