99% of what I blog about is books… so consider this post a part of the minority 1%. 🙂
I just spent the most wonderful week traveling in Alaska with my beautiful, funny, lovely daughter. Mommy-daughter quality time! We happen to make great traveling partners, and it was all just so enjoyable and relaxing and fun.
We’ve been to Alaska before: She spent a year in Juneau with Americorps, and I’ve been on two short visits previously, once on a cruise and the second time a different road trip with my daughter.
This time around, we had a week to spend, and we determined to do a few things we’d missed on previous trips. We started in Anchorage, then headed about two hours north to the quirky and adorable town of Talkeetna, known as the possible inspiration for the TV show Northern Exposure. Also know as the town with a cat for a mayor. (It’s true! Even Wikipedia says so.)
While in Talkeetna, we stayed in cozy, rustic lodge by the Susitna River, where we could see Mt. McKinley on a clear day.
On our second day there, we boarded a 10-seater plane for a 90-minute flight over Denali National Park — and we even landed on a glacier!
Talkeetna itself is a super awesome town, where we ate world-class berry pancakes, over-indulged buying amazing locally made jewelry at a great gallery, and just wandered the streets for a while, admiring the random moose art:
Next, we headed back south toward the Kenai Peninsula, enjoying the great drive along Turnagain Arm with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we met these guys (from the other side of the fences, naturally):
We did some hiking along the way, heading off on a trail through the woods that included amazing views in all directions. Stuff like this, for example:
We wrapped things up with a few days in Homer, staying in a weird and wonderful round cabin on a bluff overlooking the water:
We ate, we shopped, we hiked, we sat and read (of course), and we took a water taxi…
… across Kachemak Bay to hike through the woods to see this:
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Alaska is beautiful, and there’s just so much to see! I can’t wait to go again!
A parting shot — taken at the Anchorage airport at 11:30 pm, saying good-bye to my daughter as we headed our separate ways for now. Yes, it’s 11:30 and the sun is just setting!
Good-bye, Alaska! I’ll miss you! Especially moments like this: