Last week we were in Alaska. It was incredibly beautiful!
First we flew to Anchorage and spent some time there. SInce we didn't have anything planned for Sunday, we went on a hike just outside of town. (That's what happens when boys plan the activities!)
The next day, on the way to Seward, we stopped at Potter Marsh Boardwalk.
The next day we hiked up to Exit Glacier. We hiked a shorter, steeper alternate trial than usual since the trail the guides will take through the summer was still covered in ice. It was beautiful, it was physically taxing, a few times it was terrifying. But I'm here to tell about it. Here we are at the top!
On Tuesday, we took a wildlife cruise that went all the way to Holgate Glacier.
We saw humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and plain old mountain goats. (That's the description the boat captain gave us when we asked her what type of mountain goats they were).
We saw bald eagles, puffins, and pigeon guillemots. We had Dall's porpoise running ahead of our boat, bow riding.
Somehow the only animal pictures I got were of the sea otters. They're SO cute!
Here we are in front of the glacier.
On Wednesday, we went fly fishing (out of Cooper Landing in the Kenai River) for sockeye/red salmon. I caught my limit (3) by noon, and sat out the afternoon in the boat rather than in the 39-degree river water. Hopefully one of my friends got a picture of me on their cell phone since none of us brought our cameras.
Here's our little cabin in Cooper Landing.
Finally, on the day we were leaving, we stopped by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We saw some cool animals.
So. Bottom line. If you ever have the chance to go to Alaska, and especially if you can travel with your dearest friends, RUN, don't walk!