alaska, the largest state in the united states of america. it's over twice the size of texas, and it is larger than the combined area of the next three largest states: texas, california and montana.
our adventure in this mostly uninhabitated wilderness began in fairbanks, we ventured furthest north to the arctic circle, and then bused our way down through denali. the town of talkeetna and the mt. mckinley lodge is our next stop, passing cantwell, 'into the wild' was filmed here oh and trapper creek, population 30. the weather was windy and rainy, just perfect...
in the station there were photos and books and climbing paraphernalia of climbers past. here is a record of this years climbing season, can you see? 41 percent reach the summit, it's a difficult mountain
the rain continued to fall as the shops began to open
this is nate and leslie of grizzly gold. they offer alaskan art, prospecting, chainsaw carving and forest and river wares
and leather bags made by their friend bill. know as bilbo baggins, they said. bill was a kind of mythical character, living on the other side of the river and keeping to himself mostly. sometimes forcibly when the rivers run full. i love this bag made of butter soft black tailed deer, thank you bill who i've never met
warming up with a cup of hot tea and then...
we boarded the alaska railroad! (while waiting for the train, we stood, by the track, in the forest, surrounded by trees, with a warning not to wander off, bears you know)
oh good, a smaller boat is coming, i was hoping for something in the picture to give a better perspective of the glacier
and another million of icebergs
being on a cruise ship is an experience i didn't think i'd have (or wish for), but i'm truly glad for it. it is the only way to see some of these incredible sights
next, our first port skagway! then haines, juneau and ketchikan. we're off tomorrow for nine days, a road trip, so my lap top is coming too! owen our pup is staying behind but will be quite happy since his uncle is coming to keep him company. if you'd like to enter my giveaway, open till october 21st, go here.
thank you so much for coming along on this alaskan adventure, it's truly a pleasure to share!