My Summer Vacation in Alaska
Back in 2013 while my husband and me were relaxing on the couch on a Friday night, my husband came up with the idea of having a vacation. I didn’t even asked where I just agreed knowing that it’s going to be an awesome time together.My husband always wanted to go to Alaska, so we decided to go to Alaska.we only had three days to plan. Yes, we always end up going somewhere as a result of a last minute decision but we always made the best time out of it so far. We flew to Alaska finally after figuring out all the packing and some other necessary stuff . We spent a week there having the best time enjoying the solitude tranquility, natural beauty, and so many exciting things in this large frontier. I honestly thought it is a heaven on the earth. seriously it is so beautiful. Alaska is calling me ever since we visited but lately I’ve been missing Alaska so much more,so I was going through my pictures every single day just to make my self feel little better. I thought I should share my journey with you and convince you ( hope you don’t mind since it is for a good reason) why Alaska is the best summer vacation.
If you haven’t heard about Alaska, Alaska is the largest state of the untitled States of America. Also the Mount McKinley in Denali, Alaska is the highest mountain peak in the United State of America. Being the northern state, Alaska gets a lot of frequent snow which makes the state popular destination for lot of fun activities including skiing, sight seeing, glaciers,and camping.
Even though our trip wasn’t involve a lot of planning and preparing, we could able to cover lot of fun and important things that you should not miss while you visiting the state. If you are thinking about a place that you admire being laid back and less crowded but so much natural beauty and wilderness, this is the place where you should go. There is something to do for everyone, so are you ready to visit Alaska through my eyes, and find out why Alaska is worth having in your bucket list?
Read on then, and enjoy !
Glacier Hiking and Boat Tour
There are so many glaciers in Alaska. Obviously it should be right? But I mean everywhere you drive you can see huge glacier which is incredibly beautiful to look. On the first day drive in Alaska, we were stunned by the first glacier we found on the way. we were both excited and joined to the people who were well prepared for the hike. you have to have right shoes, clothes, food all kind of preparations for a safe hike on a glacier. Here me and my husband were walking with boots,shoes,and normal clothes without anything for safety.We didn’t find it very hard though. probably because it was our first time, so we were so excited and curious. I suggest you to well prepare before you go hiking on the glaciers since there are unfriendly glaciers which are not safe.
More Glacier Watching by the Boat
we also took a boat tour to go and watch glacier sights. There are lot of boat tour services that you can take and go watch the incredible sceneries. If you you get to see falling glacier pieces, people say it is a special moment. some people stay there hours to capture that moment readily holding their cameras. After sitting awhile on the boat,we were lucky to capture one of that moments too. I got the chance to hold a little piece in my hand. I mean why not if it is good for you as they say? the boat service offers a good narration about the area, and gives a great tour to see the wild life around the area. That is a great opportunity that you don’t want to miss.
Denali National Park
I didn’t even know my husband booked a bus tour to Denali national park.He told me to get a nice sleep that we have a big day tomorrow. I had no clue. We woke up four in the morning next day,got ready and went to the bus station where all the buses park to go to the Denali national park. Denali national park is one of the biggest park with more than six million acres including untouched beauty and breathtaking wilderness. As I mentioned before if it’s a good day, you can see the Mount McKinley, the highest peak in the US. We actually could see it since we spent the whole day inside the park and the sky cleared at noon.
You can camp inside the park, and go for hiking. We met people camping inside, and go hiking for weeks. Grizzly bears picking blue berries, moose roaming around (largest deer of all the deer species) , Swans, caribou(Reindeer) are some of the highlights of the park visit. It’s too beautiful for words, you just have to visit, and watch with your own eyes. These pictures will do a better job than my words.
Those wild blueberries were so good.
The most exciting thing for me about this trip was bears. I couldn’t wait to see a big bear through my own eyes. I heard that they have about 2000 population of bears in Alaska.I was patiently waited until we go to Denali park. Finally got to see plenty of bears. When we saw the first bear, everybody in the bus were so excited.All the cameras out, people were shouting, running around. we all were so excited. After awhile it was very normal to see a bear or a bear family roaming around anywhere in the park.
You can even get out of the bus, and walk through the roads inside the park but you have to think about your safety since the animals in the park is wild and free. Me and my husband as always jumped for the chance when the driver said we can do that. well, it wasn’t a smart idea but we got that risk. Don’t ask why. That is what you do when you are young sometimes. You don’t think too much. We got out of the bus, and walk all over the park, relaxed by the lakes, picked berries, took pictures. we had a quality time to experience the true beauty of wilderness.
We thought that was so cool until we saw on the way back home a huge grizzly bear walking along the road where we were walking earlier. Luckily we were in the bus, and we both realized just few hours before how much danger we put our lives into. We thanked for all the powerful things out there for giving us another chance to live. Imagine a huge bear walking towards to you when only you and your partner walking along the road. nobody is there but you two. Not the best feeling.
Black Bears Fishing for Salmon
I was satisfied by the amount of bears I got to see in the park but the highlight of bear watching is really didn’t happen inside the Denali park. We actually got another amazing opportunity to see bears very closely by the side of a random road when we were driving. On the way back visiting a small fishing village, we saw few people were watching and taking pictures of something next to a little creak by the side of the road . Guess what? There was a bear fishing salmons. That was amazing to see. We were literary about only 10 feet away from the bear. He was too busy fishing and eating salmon to care what’s going on around him self. After awhile he went and came back with another bear. They just keep fishing really. If they wanted, they could easily chase us. They didn’t mind at all letting us watch how they catch and eat their food. How nice is that?
I could watch this all day but we were there too long that we were late for dinner. Then we head back to the hotel having the best day ever.
Traveling always changes you. It leaves memories on your heart. certainly, it is more than the sight; it is a change that stay with us forever. it’s never too late for another adventure. I know you are already thinking about this new adventure. Don’t you
I am looking forward to share the other part of this journey with you next week.
Have you ever felt that feeling you feel after putting your self into a risky situation? share it if you like.
Have a nice weekend my dear friends!