Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our Alaskan Vacation

Man, I've had a busy month!  Now that things have calmed down and I'm no longer jetlagged, I finally have some time to share a few pics of our Alaskan vacation.  It started out with a bang when we missed our first flight.  Ugh.  But I didn't really mind.  Here's why...

We arrived in long-term parking at 6am and took the overcrowded shuttle to the airport terminal.  On the shuttle ride over, my five year old loudly announces: "Good thing we haven't seen any dead bodies, yet!"  Um...WHAT?!?  So I immediately clamped my hand over his mouth.  No one wants to board a plane thinking about dead bodies.  And why would he say such a thing?  We hardly ever see dead bodies before 7am.  ;)

Once we realized we missed our flight (Yay!), we lugged our bags back to the car and did the only thing we could.  We went to IHOP for breakfast, loaded the kids up on chocolate milk, sugar crashed on the way home, then took a nap before repeating the steps all over again.  Except this time, we didn't miss the flight. Oh, and there weren't any dead bodies unlike that other flight.

So we arrive in Alaska and everything's great.  The weather is fantastic.  The forest and mountains and lakes are picturesque.  Everything is so new and exciting.  Then we see our first bear.  Okay, so maybe it was just my brother-in-law's dog.  But it was close enough. 

He's big, black and his name is Havoc.  He didn't maul us, but he whaps you with his tail in your most private areas and slings drool six feet in the air.   In fact, I was slimed so many times I started wondering if I was on a hidden camera show on Nickelodeon.

Then Havoc took up a personal fascination with my husband that went way beyond "just friends."  Normally, I'm a fight-for-your-man kind of girl, but I wasn't about to go up against that beast to win back my lost love.  Sorry, honey.  You two will make a nice couple.  :)

Um, so I mentioned forests and mountains and lakes, right? 
Well, here you go.  You're welcome.

Two points if you noticed the bald eagle on top of the dead tree in the last pic!
  So awesome, right?  The views are absolutely the best I've ever seen.  Scotland ranks a close second, but if I ever wanted to be a photographer, then I'd move to Alaska. 
And obviously not take pics on my cell phone! ;) 
We did so many fun things on our trip, such as:
We ate at a popular pizza place called Moose's Tooth, where we ate, drank,
and were quite merry afterwards.  The beer "samplers" were rather large.  We expected shot glasses, which isn't exactly what we got.  (Oh, did I mention we don't drink much?)

We scouted for moose and bear most evenings while driving around the lakes and through the forest.  There were plenty of moose, but the bears were playing hide-and-seek.  This black bear is one we spied while visiting the Alaskan Conservation Center. 

Also, hubby got to do a little rainbow trout fishing with my brother-in-law on the crystal clear lakes.  They had to keep watch for the two moose up the road that were working their way toward them, though.  Also, they did catch fish, but I didn't want to embarrass them by showing the picture of the tiny minnows they caught.  Yes, they were that small.  Sorry, guys.  Better luck next time.  ;)

We stayed up late playing Scattergories Categories. 
If you like the original Scattergories, then you must play this version that adds a fun twist. I highly recommend it!

But that's not the only reason we stayed up late.  It was definitely the wrong time of the year to visit Alaska.  The sun doesn't actually go down.  Not really. 
It looks like dusk for a few hours before the sun pops back up at 4am, bright and shiny. 

We also spent a bundle at the outdoor market in Anchorage, which offered all sorts of weird and wonderful souvenirs and keepsakes for us to bring home.  In all good fun, we gave one guy a ration of crap for making fun of Texas. 
(Obviously, we're from Texas, y'all!)

...and even tried a $6.00 (yes, each!) REINDEER hotdog.  Mmmm.  Yummy!
(Warning: Animals were definitely harmed in the making of this hotdog.)

But the one thing we didn't get to see in during our trip to Alaska was a polar bear, which are not prominent in the areas we visited.  So we came home and took our kids to the zoo and saw this guy.  Would've saved myself a lot of money if we would've just done that to begin with.  :) 
Aren't vacations fun?  :D


  1. Great blog post, Alison! I showed my hubby the pic of those "Pissing off Texas" T-shirts and we both had a good laugh. Those nature photos of the lakes and trees are gorgeous!

  2. Thanks, Melissa! I'm glad you were able to stop by and take a look. The man with the t-shirts was really nice, even after we walked up and said, "You're pissing us off!" LOL If you're ever in need of a good writing vacation, I'd highly recommend Alaska! :)

  3. Gah, that looks amazing and those pictures are stunning! So glad you had a wonderful time!

  4. Thanks, Dahlia! I had a was definitely an experience I won't forget any time soon. :)

  5. Wow! That is one big dog!

    So glad you had a (mostly) good trip, despite the missed flight and lack of nighttime. Your photos are beautiful, and I loved your sense of humor while you described it all. A fun read!

  6. haha. You should see him in person. Talk about intimidating!

    Thanks for all the kind words!! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my trip. It was definitely a fun one, even with all the mishaps. :)