S: ALASKA 2011
BC: The End
FC: Alaska | Vacation | 2011
1: Alaska 2011 - We set out on a family adventure to the Last Frontier. We were in Alaska from August 19th through August 31st, 2011. This is a journal of the memories that were made during this trip...memories that we will cherish for a lifetime. Brad, Jeannie, Brady, Julia, Grandpa Kurtz
2: Corner Store | Welcome | Moosin' around | Talkeetna, AK - Our first full day in Alaska began in the small town of Talkeetna. We saw many shops, eateries, and breweries. Dogs roamed the streets freely.
3: Skipping rocks | Family | Rivers are willing to take ten thousand meanders and enjoy every one and grow from every one. | We walked along the banks of the Susitna River -- laughing and skipping rocks. We were in awe of the beauty before us, and gitty about what was still in store for us on our vacation together.
5: After Talkeetna, we headed over to the Iditarod Museum in Wasilla. We read inspiring stories about the dogs and the mushers. We were given a ride by one of the sled teams. Julia fell in love with one of the pups, We lovingly call him"Roadrunner" | Iditarod Museum Wasilla, AK
6: Our journey then took us to the wildlife refuge. We saw beautiful animals that will one day be released back into the wild. It was a beautiful day. We walked through the park together, admiring the scenery.
7: Family | Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
8: Homer, Alaska
9: Next stop...Homer. We rented a log home for the next few days that overlooked beautiful glaciers. There, Brady and Jeannie were surprised by a moose that was hiding in the tall grass. She came to visit us frequently during our stay.
10: Homer, AK - We visited the infamous Homer Spit. There we saw the hundreds of fishing boats coming in to dock...filled with their catch of the day.
11: “"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.”
12: Hiking | The hours spent hiking through the Alaskan wilderness were the most peaceful.
14: Kenai, AK - We rafted down the world famous Kenai River. The water ran red with salmon. At times, it seemed that you could simply reach out and pluck one out of the water.
16: "Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made." | Seward, AK - We spent a wonderful day at sea with Aunt Connie and Uncle Mike. Brady and Julia took turns commanding the boat.
19: We spent a night in Seward after sailing the sea. | Seward, AK
21: Me and my grandfather went on a fishing trip in the ocean near Homer. Let me tell you that I assure you that it is not easy for a ten year old to catch three Halibut in eight foot waves with a slippery deck. The biggest one I caught was about 30 pounds and went from my feet to my middle. I got sick later so we went to land and I felt better. We got back on the boat and went back to Homer. It was a really enjoyable time for both me and my grandfather. I will always treasure these memories in my heart. By Brady
22: HALF DAY HORSEBACK RIDING TRIP | Drifter Hawkeye | Ally
23: My mom and I went horseback riding and it was beautiful. We saw the mountains. I got to hold a sheltie sheep dog. Her name was Ally. She was really cute. I love Ally. I rode a horse named Drifter. He was cute. I love ALASKA! By Julia
24: To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
26: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ~ Helen Keller
27: Alaska Sea Life Center | Puffin
28: We panned for gold at the Indian Valley Mine. We didn't strike gold that day, but we were rich in other ways.
30: Our adventure sadly came to an end. We all had heavy hearts as we arrived at the airport to return home. After many tears and saying our goodbyes to Grandpa, we departed for Detroit, MI. We will always remember the beauty and peacefulness of Alaska. | “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”