Alaska was a perfect family vacation destination. No crowds, no deadlines, no itinerary. We made no elaborate plans but instead got lost every day in the most beautiful surroundings nature has to offer. We rented a cabin in the woods at the base of Mount Alyeska in Girdwood, and ventured out on day trips. It was a beautiful home base with lots of yummy down-home restaurants and friendly people. The last time I visited Alaska was 1996. It’s alarming how much many of the glaciers have receded since then due to climate change. It was a great lesson for the kids and a wake up call for us. The natural beauty of Alaska is definitely something to be preserved and appreciated.
The view from the Mt. Alyeska tram.
Taking it all in.
Snow at the top!
Our transportation for the day.
Every sign in Alaska looks like this.
Defying death along Winner Creek Trail
Taking pics while my daughter pulls us across.
I was wondering how they were going to fit those bikes.
Sweet bread at the Bake Shop in Girdwood.
Signing up for the Junior Rangers program!
Hiking back from Exit Glacier.
Sworn in as Junior Ranger
Happy sled dogs at Ididaride Dog Sled Tours
Taking a break in the hot sun
Bah!!!! I can’t handle the puppy cuteness!
My son getting eyeballed by a sea lion.
Reindeer hot dog at Seward Brewing Company.
Cruise ship heading out for the night.
First elk burger!
Humpback whale traveling next to us.
Calved glacier ice plucked from Prince William Sound.
Glacier ice in my margarita.
The Kodiak Benedict at Snow City Cafe. Alaska king crab cakes full of meat.
Biggest chocolate fountain in the world at Alaska Wild Berry in Anchorage.
Panning for gold. We’re going to be rich!
My men at Thunderbird Falls
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail was beautiful
One week old calf at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
One of the highlights of our trip was my super fan daughter meeting Dr. Oakley. You might know her as Yukon Vet on Nat Geo Wild. She was really lovely!
Fresh-baked blueberry bread on a rainy day.
Our home for the week
The 20 oz. pepper steak at the Double Musky Inn was epic.
Cream of tomato soup with pesto drizzle at Snow City Cafe.