Category: Alaska

April #IGTravelChallenge

April #IGTravelChallenge
April 15, 2016

Welcome to the #IGTravelChallenge!   April’s Theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers   To be honest, I hate rain. Hate it! Ask anyone who knows me. I picked this theme because I wanted to see everyone else’s rain photos. Last month’s month-long challenge participants had some of the most amazing photos and stories. I know someone is going to blow me away with their mad photography skills. Why do I hate rain? It seems like it follows me. I didn’t always have this dislike of rain. Two years […]


100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
January 24, 2016

Look who is turning 100! The National Park Service.     2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the park service creation. The service was created to preserve protected areas of wilderness and wildlife. There are 59 national parks in the United States and its territories.   There are many celebrations and projects planned to mark this special year. My favorite is The Greatest American Road Trip. You can follow Stefanie and Jonathan as they embark on an epic journey to visit each park including those located in American […]


Photo Obsession: Alaskan Sunsets

Photo Obsession: Alaskan Sunsets
December 13, 2015

Alaska has the best sunsets I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. Maybe some day another part of the world will snag this title but for now Alaska wins hands down. It is very difficult to not have an obsession with snapping numerous photos of the gorgeous reds and pinks produced by midnight sunsets. What else has made my photo obsession list? Lizards, hummingbirds, and wildflowers to name a few.      


How to Get Paid to Visit Alaska

How to Get Paid to Visit Alaska
October 11, 2015

  Alaska is an alluring place that many people dream about or have on their travel bucket list. Bucket lists include lots of dream destinations for most people; however, the best part about bucket lists is actually doing or achieving something on that list. Visit Nepal. Hike the Appalachian Trail. See the Northern Lights.   How to Achieve that Goal For me, my number one dream destination and my top of the bucket list item was Alaska. My initial goal was to work in Alaska as a teacher […]


Photo Obsession: Alaskan Fall Colors

Photo Obsession: Alaskan Fall Colors
October 4, 2015

  Holy moly! Fall colors in the Lower 48 are astonishing until you see the Alaskan tundra change colors. Imagine all the color you normally see on the trees and picture it on the ground with the trees changing a brilliant yellow color. I will always have a soft spot for this state and the numerous natural wonders it produces. The fall season in Alaska is extremely short, three weeks at best but normally a two-week period depending on how far north you are. This year I started […]


5 Reasons to Visit Alaska

5 Reasons to Visit Alaska
September 27, 2015

There are numerous reasons to visit the largest state of the United States. Alaska is filled with enough natural wonders to last a lifetime. After two years of seasonal working here, my Alaskan bucket list keeps getting larger versus smaller. I am not complaining. The state amazes me. The people fascinate me. These five reasons cover only the initial desire to visit Alaska. 1. Catch a view of majestic Denali   Denali attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the interior of Alaska. Not only are visitors looking […]


10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza

10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza
September 24, 2015

  Pizza is my thing! Ask me what I want to eat and I’ll usually respond with pizza or Italian food. Love it! I’m sure I have Italian genes somewhere. Right, Mom? When traveling, I will hunt down a pizzeria and hit it up at least once, if not more. This qualifies me as an expert, in my humble opinion.   Where to Go Pizza Hut – Everywhere Yeah I know, it’s a chain and lots of you will get turned off by this fact but damn, they […]


How to Do a Seward Pub Crawl

How to Do a Seward Pub Crawl
September 22, 2015

  “What do you want to do today?” I asked my friend who was based in Seward, Alaska. She is an outdoorsy-type of person so I assumed she’d want to go hiking or somesuch like that, much to my non-hiking sensibilities. I was wrong!   How to Pub Crawl in Seward Start off with a delicious lunch at Chinooks Restaurant. Yes, I said lunch. We started this pub crawl early. Try their house special Chinook Burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, and parmesan cheese and a load of […]


Photo Obsession: Alaskan Wildflowers

Photo Obsession: Alaskan Wildflowers
September 13, 2015

Welcome back to another addition of Photo Obsession. My brain appeared to enjoy taking photos of Alaskan wildflowers this past season. They became my latest obsession. Previous addictions include lizards, hummingbirds and Roatan flowers. What I found really interesting about tracking wildflowers was the immense amount of change that occurred from May till September. Many times when I was out walking the flowers that were in bloom were completely different then two weeks ago. I’m not sure I would have noticed all the variety if I wasn’t intent […]


Life on the Alaskan North Slope

Life on the Alaskan North Slope
September 10, 2015

I have been and always will be a question-asker. Sometimes you simply need to know stuff. This interview series will feature random travelers I meet that do not blog or write about their travels. They work or travel to unique places. I want to know why and what they recommend in order to follow their path. Today’s guest comes to you from the Alaskan North Slope. They have asked to remain anonymous so meet Alaskan Traveler. Ever wonder what it would be like to live in such a […]


Birthday Celebration in Homer

Birthday Celebration in Homer
September 7, 2015

After cresting the hill, I gazed upon the beauty that is Homer. This small fishing town sits at the bottom of Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. It is surrounded by the bluish-green waters of Kachemak Bay. Homer is known as the Halibut Capital of the World or at least that is what their sign told me. Based on the numerous boats and pictures of fishermen hefting enormous halibut, I tend to agree. Initially, I did come here to fish. Nah, not really. I don’t fish but I was willing to […]


Drivers License Hassle

Drivers License Hassle
September 3, 2015

There are times when it seems as if the world is conspiring against you. The world is telling you, “Don’t do it. It is not going to work out how you imagine it. I will stop you somehow.” Persistence, determination, and desire are the only ways to push past the obstacles. I was persistent in my determination to enjoy my desire to vacation on Kenai Peninsula. It was going to happen regardless of all the hassle I went through to achieve this vacation. Before I could pick up […]


Good Idea Gone South

Good Idea Gone South
August 2, 2015

A day into Denali National Park is typically a pretty decent day. I look forward to the relaxing long-haul bus ride to Eielson or Kantishna. The day is filled with hard-core animal sightings and jaw-dropping scenic views. The bus driver/guides are well-informed and funny. Normally. What happens when a day in the park goes south? It can happen. Yes, it did happen on my last two trips into the park. So disappointing. Trip One: Remember all the wildfires in Alaska? No? Well, when over 300 fires are raging, […]


Flying Around Denali

Flying Around Denali
June 30, 2015

One of the many activities available around the Denali National Park area are flights around Mt. McKinley or locally known as Denali. For my birthday, I treated myself to one of these Denali flight tours. My friend and I used Denali Summit Tours. Most of the flight companies offer shuttle service to and from your hotel to the air strip. The air strips are small as are the planes used for these flights.     I dare you to limit yourself on photo taking. It’s not possible. My […]


Alaskan Train Rides

Alaskan Train Rides
June 22, 2015

One of my favorite travel adventures is riding a train. In Alaska, there are a couple of options. Two of the options are the Princess/Holland America train or the Alaskan Railroad trains. Both companies use the same tracks. Both offer glass-domed rail cars with dining and beverage service.  After several train rides and helping railroad staff at my place of employment, I have yet to encounter an unfriendly employee. If you have the opportunity to take the train, I definitely recommend it. It is slower than driving or […]