Wednesday, 11 August
It’s taken us nine years, but we’re finally realizing our dream of returning to Seward’s Icebox — better known as Alaska.
Our first visit to Alaska was in June 2001. We flew into Anchorage, spent a couple of days exploring the area on our own, and then joined a Princess cruise tour that was an automobile-train-bus-airplane-ship adventure.
The first part of our Princess itinerary took us from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Fairbanks by train; up the haul road (Dalton Highway) to Coldfoot and Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay) by bus; and back to Anchorage by plane. Once the land portion of our trip was completed, we embarked the Dawn Princess for a week-long cruise from Seward to Vancouver, Canada. Along the way, we sailed through College Fjord and Glacier Bay, and explored Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.
Clockwise from top LEFT: Turnagain Arm, Anchorage;
Photo Op with Iditarod Champion Jeff King near denali;
icebergs on Portage Lake, Seward Highway;
Floatplane Sightseeing, Ketchikan.
The “Max Flower Group” at Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay.
It was a great trip, but it skimmed just the surface of what the state has to offer. Our 17-day adventure served to whet our appetite to see more of Alyeska, the name by which the Aleut know the 49th state of the US. Appropriately, the word means “great land.” And so here we are; tomorrow we head back to the great state of Alaska.
I’m not going to tell you our exact itinerary. For one, I want to keep what we have planned a surprise so you’ll come back to check out the blog (sneaky, I know). For another, I don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing. We’re going to have four bases of operation, that much is certain. Accommodations and transportation are booked, but everything else remains “fluid.” Alaska’s infamously fickle weather requires a flexible plan. It worked for us in 2001; it should work for us this time as well.
I will say this much, our plans include seeing brown bears doing what comes natural .
I can’t promise to blog while we’re in Alaska as I don’t expect to have much time to spare after being out and about all day. But I will try; and if not, see you when we’re back home.