Over the last 3 years my travel style has changed. Ten years ago when I started this lifestyle it was about going to all of the places I had heard about but had never been to. I was a late bloomer when it came to travel having only gotten my first passport at 30 years old, so I felt like I had a lot of catching up to do. I did the popular stops: Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Sydney, Nepal, Capetown, Greece, London, and Egypt to name a few. I was happy ticking off countries and bucket list items. However, like everything in my life that I do for a while, it started to grow old, and I found myself yearning to do something different than the typical traveler. I didn’t want to follow the well-traveled path, I wanted to discover new regions, the wilderness, and really chart the unknown in the world of travel; like the explorers of old.
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau,
That desire has led me much deeper into unchartered and unknown areas in the past few years. Sometimes it has resulted in simply exploring underexposed regions like Thuringia Germany or the Cariboo Mountains in Canada, and sometimes is has led me into the remote, unexplored (and not often written about) wilderness like Wrangel Island. I’m finding that what excites me most is introducing new places to people and new ways to see those places. My last 4 weeks was spent doing what I love, exploring the Alaskan wilderness.
I spent 3 glorious weeks in my favorite state – Alaska. I know you aren’t supposed to name favorites – but what the hell – I just did. It’s my favorite state because it’s really like no other. A state with 3 million lakes, 300,000 glaciers, overflowing with wildlife, mountain peaks, national parks, and very few roads. It’s our massive unique wilderness gem in the US and so much of it hasn’t been explored by tourists.
On my last trip to Alaska I focused on remote towns, but this trip I focused on the remote Alaskan wilderness and adventure travel. I took planes, trains, vans, kayaks, hiking boots, and ATV’s deep into the Alaskan wilderness to see if I could survive – and the good news is that I did. I rode the Alaska railroad with locals into roadless wilderness to get a new look at homesteading. I made a pilgrimage to one of the most famous cabins in all of Alaska deeply nestled in Lake Clark National Park, one of our least visited parks in the national park system. I kayaked across glacial lakes, hiked on the tundra, took a jarring ATV journey through riverbeds, and even went on a sunset photographic adventure. Damn I love exploring Alaska.
Now I’m in Denver for a couple of weeks letting it all soak in, and experiencing some much needed stillness after the last 2 months of travel to Germany, Maine, Alaska, and BC Canada. As I sort through my notes, pictures, and plan my future articles, I wanted to give you a small taste of what I experienced while exploring Alaska. Here are some of my best Instagram photos from my 3 weeks in the Alaskan wilderness to share with you.
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