We’re Home – And 50 Degrees Warmer
I will warn you that my words will not do Alaska justice. Nor will my pictures. You must see Alaska in person. We fell in love and we can’t wait to go back. While we explored Anchorage and the surrounding areas (south-central Alaska), we must return in order to take a hike in Denali National Park, see Juneau and Sitka, visit Kodiak, say hi to Santa in the North Pole, and the list goes on. As you are well aware, Alaska is huge – including all the islands, Alaska stretches from California to Florida. And the majority of the state isn’t even assessable by road – only by plane and boat.
Because we had the little guy, we stuck to exploring the areas we could reach by road. And we had an excellent tour guide – Ms. Jackie! Longtime readers of the blog are familiar with ‘the girls’. Those who are not, read this. Jackie, Aaron, and their so-adorable-I-can-hardly-stand-it daughter, Kinley, are currently stationed at Ft. Richardson, outside of Anchorage, Alaska. Sadly, Aaron was away for training during our visit but we still managed to have a blast with Jackie and Kinley. And we also managed to eat a lot of food that Aaron caught and killed himself. Seriously, the halibut and red river salmon were insane. Don’t worry, the food we ate on the trip will have it’s very own post sometime this week so stay tuned.
Traveling 4000 miles with Weston went as smooth as buttah. Our little guy is a champ and proved that he can handle many more exciting trips in the future. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our little travel buddy. There was a meltdown here and there, but that is to be expected with an almost-two-year-old. We woke up at 5am last Saturday morning to drive down to Dallas/Ft. Worth so we could fly to Chicago and then to Anchorage, with us finally arriving in Alaska at 10pm (1am Central Time). Despite Saturday being a long day for the little guy (and us!), we were so excited to set foot in the only non-contiguous US state on the North America continent and couldn’t wait to soak it all in. Being in 55-60 degree temperatures didn’t hurt either.
I will end the post with this picture, taken on top of a mountain in Eagle River. Our smiles say it all – we had a fabulous family vacation to Alaska. Don’t worry, I have a lot more to say about our trip and will do so throughout the week. I just didn’t want to bombard you with a boring novel-like post. Talk about a snore-fest.