A trip home was long overdue, especially one filled with family, fishing, glaciers, hiking, and camping. And my visit last week to Alaska did not disappoint. After meeting my sister, her fiance, and my 2-year-old niece in Anchorage, we made our way to Seward, up through Talkeetna and Denali National Park, and on to Fairbanks (my hometown). (Fun fact, Talkeetna had a cat for their mayor, Stubbs, from 1997-2017.) Though the weather was already similar to late-October in Spokane, the chilly air and changing colors were more than welcome – it was absolutely perfect hiking weather. To avoid the crowds of end-of-season tourists in Denali, we took off on a 7-mile hike that started outside the park and traveled inward called Bison Gulch. Was it hard? Yes. Was it windy as hell? Yes. Did I complain? You better believe it. But damn…you can’t beat that view.
Joel (my SO) halfway through the hike looking back at the park entrance.
A few more because, Alaska.
Hiking to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
The Tanana River, outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.