S: Our "WILD" Alaskan Honeymoon! 2010
FC: Our "WILD" Alaskan Honeymoon 2010
1: Our Humble Abode for Our Once-In-A-Lifetime Road Trip!!
2: On our way to Denali National Park, we stopped in Talkeetna and it quickly became one of our favorite stops. The sweet town reminded us a bit of home with it's artsy vibe and friendly locals. It rained the whole day but it didn't phase us in the least. Whatever the weather, as long as we're together! We met THE MAYOR of Talkeetna while we were visiting! We even got to take his picture (bottom left)! Mayor Stubbs,, as the picture shows, is clearly a hardworking and dedicated Mayor!
3: While walking around the town we wandered to the Talkeetna River and discovered an area of "stacked stones". After a quick iPhone search we found that this practice was mainly a gesture of asking for good fortune to be bestowed on the stacker and his/her family. So we decided to ask for good fortune for our marriage and family to come!
4: Denali National Park | Mt. McKinley
5: In Denali, we saw many animals...I think my favorite was this wolf. His eyes really were "piercing". Of course he made us homesick for our crew of pups in Georgia!
8: After Denali we headed just past Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs. We spent a couple of nights there enjoying the natural spring hot tubs!
12: The Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs!
13: It's Sarah Palin!
14: I spotted this guy as we were leaving the Hot Springs. I was driving that Monster-on-Wheels and Brian was peacefully sleeping in the back and I happened to see our first "close-up" Moose!! To hear Brian tell the story, I was so excited that I slammed on the brakes and "everything in the r.v. flew to the front!"
15: Once we saw our first one...they kept on coming!! This momma was doing some fishing! She could hold her breath for about 30 seconds! I had no idea they could do that! She let us watch her for quite a while and then got a little nervous and wandered off. Her little one was on the other side of the lake. Like most little ones, not paying any attention to mom!
16: Next we headed to Valdez to take a ferry across Prince William Sound to a quirky little town called Whittier. Here we got to visit a dental office (just for kicks) and saw a dog driving Brian's ultimate ride!
18: After taking the ferry, we realized there wasn't much to the town of Whittier so we headed back out on the open road to the Kenai Peninsula again; this time with Homer as our destination! Upon arriving to the Homer Spit, we set up camp on the beach and found this magnificent Bald Eagle. He let Brian come within about 10 feet of him. He looks old but still majestic and beautiful!
19: We were told that we needed to visit the Salty Dawg Saloon and buy warm sweatshirts, so...we did! Inside was a mad house! Visitors sign dollar bills and tack them all over the walls and ceiling throughout the bar, so...we did that too! See our Newlywed Dollar! Hopefully we'll make it back there one day and can hunt it down. | Can you spot our dollar?
20: We were scheduled to take a flight over the "Spit" to get some aerial views of Alaska but it was too foggy and was canceled. Here's a shot of the fog and a similar picture the next day. When we returned home we learned there had been several planes crashes and deaths due to the fog. So glad we didn't take that flight!
21: The day ended up clearing and being beautiful, so we enjoyed attending a music festival in the city of Homer, watching locals and relaxing. Later that day Brian bought me (or let me buy) some beautiful artwork as a souvenir from our trip! | The Homer Spit
22: After we had all the music and dancing (yeah, right) that we could stand, we headed back to Seward to visit Exit Glacier. Throughout our trip we saw many glaciers but we took a hike right up to the face of this one! | The Glaciers have a beautiful blue color. Brian, with his severe colorblindness, could not see the blue at all and missed out on one of Alaska's beauties! The Glaciers appear blue because they act like filters that absorb red light, making a crevasse or deep hole appear blue.
23: A few of the other Glaciers we saw while traveling. | Mantuska, Grewingk Portage and Worthington Glacier
24: As our trip was nearing it's end, we headed back to Moose Pass, to the Inn at Tern Lake, to pick up my dress which they so graciously held onto so we could have lighter travels. | We did one last hike to Crescent Lake, which kicked our butts but was breath-takingly beautiful! Along the trail we saw where many animals had being laying in the grass but lucky for us we didn't come across any!
26: Sadly, our trip had to come to an end. With tears in my eyes (even now) my heart broke knowing we had to return to reality. We really were in paradise and enjoyed every minute of it! The Honeymoon isn't over Baby! Our lives are just Beginning! | As always, Brian goofing around!