4 Anchorage Tour Day Trips Full of Adventure

May 23, 2017 2 Comments »

Anchorage tour day trips

You find yourself in Anchorage with a few extra days before or after your other Alaska tour or cruise. What to do? There are plenty of things to do in Anchorage; there are some lovely walking/biking trails, museums, and gardens. However, I’m an adventure gal, I want to get out of the city. Whenever I […]

Planning Your Alaska Railroad Hurricane Train Tour

May 18, 2017 2 Comments »

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It’s a weird feeling being in a locomotive and suddenly trying to bring the train to a stop; I actually do know this feeling. I’ve been in the engineer seat before while cars illegally passed through the downed crossbucks as I continuously and simultaneously blew the horn and pulled the brakes. It’s just physics, trains […]

The Best Route on the Alaskan Railroad

May 16, 2017 8 Comments »

Alaskan Railroad

The train car heaves as if it’s protesting the idea of altering its forward trajectory. The gentle rocking and click clack of the rails gives way to a noisy steel-on-steel screech. The train comes to a clunky stop in the middle of nowhere surrounded by miles of unending forest and wilderness. Normally this isn’t a […]

Chasing Light in Anchorage

November 18, 2016 4 Comments »

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“The goal tonight is to get to the right places at the right times and come away learning something new,” Jody said as I squinted into the glaring sun and out across the expanse of mud flats called the Turnagain Arm in Anchorage. The one thing that everyone packs on a trip to Alaska is […]

How to Make Fall Last

October 18, 2016 3 Comments »

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Fall is probably my favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp weather, and the thought of bundling up, drinking bourbon, and eating apples and comfort food. I also love the fall because of the colors, smells, and of course photography. Some people say fall colors happen fast, you typically only get a couple […]

Month In-stagram Review Alaskan Wilderness

September 30, 2016 5 Comments »

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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 […]

Remote Living and Traveling in McCarthy Alaska

April 28, 2016 15 Comments »

McCarthy Alaska

“We don’t have electrical plugs in the room to stay true to the history of Ma Johnson’s, but also because we think it makes people more social to sit in the common area and interact,” she said as she showed me around the lobby and headed towards my reserved room. The place felt a bit […]

Go Beyond Gold in Nome Alaska

April 26, 2016 13 Comments »

“There’s a million dollars out there that could be yours,” the guy at the table behind me says. “I don’t know,” the man says in a doubtful tone, “the season is about half over.” I continue to eavesdrop as they share numbers back and forth. The strange thing is that the first guy is probably […]

Things to do in Fairbanks Alaska

April 19, 2016 7 Comments »

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“When it gets cold, we just get close,” the local Fairbanks man told me when I asked how he survived the winters. One of the few big landlocked towns in Alaska – Fairbanks sits in the center of the state and is the jumping off point for visiting high Arctic. Fairbanks often gets overlooked by […]

What to Expect on Alaska Bush Flights

April 14, 2016 12 Comments »

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As the largest, but least densely populated state in the US, Alaska poses a few challenges when it comes to seeing the entire state. Most of it is unreachable by road or boat. In fact 20 percent is reachable by roads, 20 percent by waterway, and the remaining 60 percent is only reachable by air. […]