S: Alaska June 20-July 3, 2011
FC: Alaska June 20-July 3 2011
1: Itinerary: Anchorage Kenai Peninsuala Seward Homer City of Kenai Wasilla North Pole Fairbanks Denali
2: Seward Highway June 21, 2011 | Our first full day we drove from Anchorage to Seward. | Along the way, we stopped at numerous pull-offs and even saw a dall sheep! | Dall Sheep
3: The hills are alive.... | with the sound of music
6: Potters Marsh June 21, 2011 After loading the ice chest, we started our trek to Seward. On our way we stopped at Potters Marsh and walked along the boardwalk to do some bird watching. We didn't see many birds but there was a moose that just seemed to want its picture taken | OH MY GOSH A MOOSE!!!
7: Sea Life Center Seward June 21, 2011 | Puffin | I'M QUEEN OF THE WORLD!! | Where's Bill? | Why do we always have to do the heavy lifting? | We were able to see many different marine animals from puffins diving deep into tanks for food or bathing on rocks, to sea lions doing tricks for food, and even tanks where we could touch sea anemones and starfish | Blubber is Beautiful | The first unsuccessful attempt to get rid of Kimberly | Very close to the Sea Life Center we visited Lowell Creek Waterfall where Kristina almost went for a little swim
8: Exit Glacier June 21 2011 Seward | After leaving the Sea Life Center we hiked to Exit Glacier
9: Along the hike we gave each other a lift, rock climbed, crossed terrifying bridges, took a break on the glacier, and found a waterfall!
10: Major Marine Tours June 21, 2011 Resurrection Bay (Seward)
11: On the Kenai Star, we had a beautiful, clear morning. As we made our way out to sea it began getting foggy but cleared again by afternoon. We drove through ice filled water up to Aialik Glacier to experienced it calving. Wildlife not shown on pictures above: fin whale, puffins, and dall porpoises. | Sea Otter | Orca Whales | Harbor Seal | Fins of a Humpback Whale | Tail of a Humpback Whale | Sea Otter eating an Octopus | Sea Lions
12: Drive to Homer June 22,2011 After our cruise we drove toward Homer. Along the way,, Kristina posed as the Little Mermaid and we took a little break at Whiskey Gulch Beach. The hill was so steep that the car almost did not make it back up the hill when we were ready to leave | Kimberly and Kristina peeking out from a patch of Lupins which grew wild along the road
13: "I don't have to out run the bear... I just have to out run you!!" | Bears of Alaska
14: June 23, 2011 Sea Kayaking in Kachemak Bay | Before kayaking, we took a 30 minute water taxi ride into the bay in the bay's original water taxi. | Wildlife seen: Eagle, Sea Otter, Lions Mane Jellyfish, and Sea Anemone. | Water Taxi | Sea Otter | Eagle
15: Kenai Dunes June 24 2011 | On our way back to Wasilla, we detoured to the beach! | Bill tried to throw Jeanette into the ocean to no avail... | Kimberly and Kristina getting their feet wet in the Pacific Ocean! BRRR!!
16: Sterling/Seward Highways June 24, 2011 | On the drive from Homer to Wasilla we made many stops along the way including a stop for Bill to look at some old John Deere Tractors in Kenai
17: First Day around Wasilla June 25, 2011 | On our first day in the Wasilla area, we visited many different parks. First we explored Thunderbird Falls, followed by Earthquake Park in Anchorage. To end our day we ventured to Eagle River Park where we luckily only saw evidence of Grizzlies nearby!
18: June 26, 2011 Hiking the Butte near Palmer Distance: 2 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 850 feet Looks out into the Mat-Su Valley | No bears can get close! | Hiking Party Included: Bill, Jeanette,, Kimberly, Kristina, Becky, Rick, Heather, Molly, Zach, Kathryn, Paige, and Claire.
19: Hatcher's Pass near Palmer | June 26, 2011 | After searching for gold in the river, we explored the old gold mine
20: White Water Rafting near Chickaloon June 27, 2011
21: 20 miles north of Chickaloon , we went white water rafting on the Matanuska Glac.ier fed trip called Lion's Head! Class III and IV rapids were no match for Jeanette... check out the many expressions!
22: Parks Highway June 27, 2011
23: North Pole June 28, 2011 | Christmas came in June this year when we visited the North Pole. While there we saw some of Santa's reindeer and even looked around in his shop. | OH MY GOODNESS... ITS DASHER!!!!
24: Pioneer Park (Fairbanks) | I tamed the salmon | MUSH MUSH!! | Stick'em up | June 28th-29th, 2011
25: Journey to the Artic Circle and the trans-Alaska Pipeline June 29, 2011 | Now we won't be able to see the Arctic Circle! | Stupid Rental Car Agreement! | Only had about 100 miles to go!! | Yipee!!! | Billions of dollars at my fingertips!!
26: Denali June 30 to July 2 | To push or not to push... that is the question | Cinder's Dog House
27: Soon after entering the park, we spotted a moose and her baby right beside the road. Some not so bright people were getting out of their cars and walking behind them to take pictures! | We explored different trails and climbed on rocks to see where the wildlife live. On one trail, we found a cabin park rangers have used in winter months since the park originally opened. As well as dog houses for their sled dogs. | Horseshoe Lake | We made a friend!
28: To see as much of the park as possible, we took a bus tour to the end of the 91 mile park road. It was very foggy and rainy most of the day. We saw grizzly bears, a red fox, moose, caribou, and dall sheep but no Mt. Mckinley. At the end of the road, we ate lunch and listened to a presentation/demonstration on the Iditarod at the Katishna Roadhouse. The dogs used in the demonstration are rescue dogs who are trained and then sold to mushing families. | Denali Bus Tour July 1, 2011 | Mom Grizzly and her 2 cubs | Red Fox | Wonder Lake | Our view of Mt. McKinley | Rescue Dogs
29: After visiting a farmers' market, we went to a stream to see the salmon making their way up-stream to the hatchery. From there we decided to hike Flattop Peak Trail. This trail took us about 3 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1280 feet. To get to the very top, you had to climb on all fours up the rocky incline. On our way down, it started to rain leaving us drenched for the plane ride home. | Anchorage July 3, 2011 | Salmon Run | Going Down | Ready for the plane! | Flattop Peak Trail