Today I am excited to share the rest of the Alaskan vacation with you.
You can find the Part 1 of the vacation here.
I was not a big fan of whales but my husband loves them, so we decided to take a cruise to go whale watching. Hearing that they are pretty big whales makes me little nervous even though I was all excited to sit on the front side of the boat . After seeing some other wild life like Dolphins, sea lions, variety of birds, we got to see the first huge Whale very closer to our boat. I’ve never seen this much bigger whale in my entire life. I literary could not move for few seconds. This huge whale came out of the sea like a big rock, and flip back to go down the water. It was Amazing to see how they throw the water into the air as they breath. There were so many whales moving everywhere in the bay flipping up into the air. Imagine you are in a cruise, and these gigantic whales moving everywhere splashing water, making noises, and playing around with the other whales. That is one of the best experiences you should experience.
The best thing taking a boat tour is you get to see a variety of wild life. Here are Some animals that we met on the way to whale watching.
Alaska Salmon Run
I’ve never heard about Salmon run before until I see it happening when we were in Alaska. Story behind the Salmon run is basically Salmon fish swim from the ocean to upper lakes to release their eggs, and after they release their eggs they die. When we were driving down the road, we saw so many birds were catching fish in the water. Those fish were struggling to die. After my husband’s explanation about the Salmons that they swim all the way from the ocean to die, I got to stop the car to take a look. Imagine you put bunch of fish in an empty tank, and how they move around without enough space and water. That is how they were in the water. Any place tat has some waters , you will able to see the Salmons taking their last breath to end their life I heard these salmons spend their early life in rivers, then swim to the ocean to spend their adult life. Finally when they matured swim again to rivers, release the eggs and then die. it looked like a tragedy to me but that is their life cycle just like we have ours. Annual Salmon run happens during May to October, and it is a major event for Grizzly bears, eagles, seagulls, and sport fishermen. You can see more bears roaming around during this time.
Scenic Train Ride
Alaska is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to so far, and pretty much everybody says the same thing if I asked how they liked it in Alaska. We even met people who lives there now but once came as visitors and end up choosing to live there. If you love Scenic rides, choosing a train ride would be an awesome experience. I know a train ride does not sound so much exciting and it’s an old way of traveling to some of you but I am telling about a luxurious train with glass tops and windows. I mean who doesn’t like to go on a train fully open including the top. The train route is nothing but pretty roads,wilderness, lakes,glaciers, incredible views,and mountains. Isn’t that sound so exciting and amazing. It took a whole day for the ride but we had whole lot of fun. I am not going to lie, It is bit of more money that you have to spend but it is absolutely worth. The train had a full bar, dinning facility, outdoor viewing flat form, and a tour guide. Imagine watching most stunning sceneries, wilderness, ,different landscapes, and glaciers through your own eyes standing on a luxurious glass dome train while having a tour guide explaining all the interesting things about everything you see. This would be perfect for a couple to enjoy their time together while sitting in a luxury train with beautiful views . As a family, Kids would love to hangout in a really cool train running around and having nice time with their own way too.
Sledge dog kennels
In the Denali national park, they have sledge dog cannels that you shouldn’t miss. The dogs were so friendly .These dogs are the only dogs in the untied States that protect the wild life and the wilderness in the park. I heard they actually use sled dogs in winter for far traveling. You can visit them during the open hours. You can take pictures and pet them if you like. They said you can even adopt retired dogs if you are interested. How cool is that?
More About Alaska…
Valdez boat harbor, Ketchikan fishing village, spectacular mountain views, beautiful wild flowers, incredible lakes and creaks, stunning drives(scenic Seward high way), beautiful waterfalls are few more things that we did get to explore during the visit.
Ketchikan fishing village
If you are interested on fishing and native American culture, you should check out the Ketchikan fishing village. Quality fishing grounds, different festivals, art galleries , hiking are few of the things people enjoy in this beautiful little village.
Valdez boat harbor
I loved the boat harbor. This is the best place where you can just sit and relax on a bench in the afternoon while watching people fishing and all the happening things around there. We had the most delicious meal in a little place next to the harbor which was my favorite meal of the whole trip. They cook fresh seafood right at their kitchen, and we can just breath all the good smell comes out of the kitchen .
Wherever you driving to in Alaska, you have the best views of the mountains, glaciers, and lakes. It is incredibly beautiful to see. Just grab the camera and click, every picture you take is breathtaking. I heard Alaskan water is very clean and fresh which I can agree. All the natural lakes and creaks look amazing with the clean beautiful blue color in this wonderful place.
Beautiful vibrant wild flowers, amazing lakes, waterfalls, stunning scenaries, hikes, drives are plenty to find in Alaska. This is the best place for photographers. They have plenty of opportunities to take incredible pictures. Having a wedding or honeymoon would be the best treat for yourself. There are plenty of high quality hotels to stay and they even offer little hikes and many services for their guests.
If you are nature lover or outdoor fun lover, this is the best place to go. We wish we had more time to spend but we had lot of fun too. when you leave a place you get that strange feeling like you will not only miss the place, but you miss the person you were at that place. That is how exactly I flt about this amazing visit to Alaska. I am guessing you figured at least one reason to consider visiting Alaska or having it in your bucket list. Don’t let that to be a dream or to be in your bucket list. Turn it in to a plan. You will love it.
Have you been to Alaska, or is it already in your bucket list?
Do you have any attachments to places that you can visit over and over again and see it differently each time you visit ?