A Summertime Visit to Alaska
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
When Champagne & I were invited to travel to Alaska a few years ago, my initial reaction was less than excited. I asked him to give me a few days to consider it and then, the very next morning, I had a flight confirmation from Delta in my inbox! I could only laugh at that point and just went with it. I have to tell you that I now consider Alaska one of my favorite trips of all time and I dream of spending a summer there sometime.
We started our journey in Anchorage and proceeded to drive down the Kenai Peninsula which took us through the "wickedly underrated" Kasilof, the "Halibut fishing capital of the world" Homer and finally to "One of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities" Seward, where we took a double-decker train back to Anchorage. Check it out in the Escape to Alaska video! Of the 500+ photos that I took, below is a smattering of some of my favorites!
Along the way, we visited a huge and majestic glacier where we were so close we could reach out and touch it.
We got to try a type of salmon fishing called Flossing (not to be confused with the awkward dance that kids do), that is similar to fly fishing.
The guys went Halibut fishing and we were bemused at the unusual way that they launched the boat via a tractor! On this particular beach, there were dozens of Bald Eagles that would definitely let you know if you got too close!
We went whale watching where we saw our first whale that brought tears to our eyes, and were constantly delighted by the many sea otters that we saw throughout our trip...they are so fun to watch because they love to put on a show!
We visited a waterfall in an area that is only accessible by boat while on nine mile kayak excursion...or maybe it was just five miles--the story kind of grows!
Thankfully, there was a break at the halfway point on the kayak tour where we got to rest on this secluded beach.
You may have heard that it never gets dark in Alaska in the summer. We decided to check this out first-hand by staying up until 4:00 a.m. and, sure enough, it was still daylight!
For some reason, I thought I would starve on this trip but that turned out to be completely false! I think we were all surprised at how amazing the food was. It goes without saying that you must eat crab legs while in Alaska (I got them three times in 10 days!), which can be found just about anywhere. For drool-worthy food pics of inventive, local cuisine, you have to follow The Cookery in Seward. I would be remiss without mentioning a little spot in Anchorage called The Bubbly Mermaid; a charming hole in the wall that serves champagne and oysters. I would love for someone to open one of these near me. You can hire me as your business partner. I would like for my title to be Cuteness Director. :)
You should seriously consider a summertime visit to this beautiful state. If you decide to go, shoot me a note and I'll send you my list of recommendations!