I thought about it, for about 3 seconds, and then went straight online to book my flight. Me? Miss this opportunity? I mean, how often does one get to go travel? And how many times are you really going to have a chance to go to Alaska?! I'll finally have a chance to see a real live moose!
So on a whim, i visited Alaska. The final frontier. The largest state in the union, and part of the Arctic Circle. Pretty friggin' AWESOME!
Landing in Anchorage around midnight, i caught a cab back to where we were staying. It was quite a large house, not far from the airport. The owner, Bill, rented out rooms on AirBnB, and couches on CouchSurfing. The place was essentially a hostel, with people from ALL OVER staying there. It was pretty sweet to meet different travelers, find out where they were from (Columbia!) and learn of their adventures.
My first day there we went glacier hiking. I borrowed some boots, and rented crampons, and we drove about 2 hours NW to the Matanuska Glacier. It's quite accessible, for a glacier. You just start hiking!
BUT! With the crampons, they dig into ice giving you some serious traction on what otherwise would be, quite literally, a slippery slope. This allowed you to run and even jump, without fear of falling into one of the many chasms. So cool!
Aside from that, the only other way was by boat or sea plane. The "town" consisted of one hotel, about 6 shops, and loads of boats. Most of the people that live in Whittier all live in one giant building, albeit a building with an incredible view.
We booked a 5-hour cruise on a ship that traversed around Harriman Fjord, allowing the opportunity to visit real live active glaciers up-close, and to experience all the amazing Alaskan ocean life on the way.
On their massive 3 level catamaran they offered a complimentary hot meal (sea food, of course!), indoor seating, and a full-service bar. The best part was the narration by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. This guy knew everything about everything. And he talked almost non-stop for the entire 5 hour trip. Me head was so full of knowledge. So, SO, SO highly recommended!
I wanted to see some real live animals up close and in the wild, but didn't have the chance. Luckily for me, the Anchorage airport is a beautiful work of art in-and-of-itself, and had many real stuffed full-sized animals for photographic purposes. such as this musk ox and brown bear.
Thank you Krisite and Katie for the adventure of a LIFETIME!