I should have just gone ahead and declared June "travel month" because that's exactly what it turned out to be. It wasn't really something I planned in advance, but that's how life goes, right?
My trip to FLORIDA in early June was planned months ago. Then I learned that my cousin, who lives in Alaska, was getting married on June 30th. Now I wasn't exactly invited to the wedding, but my parents were and since they were unable to go I very rudely asked my cousin if I could attend in their place. He said yes!
This was my fourth trip to the beautiful state of ALASKA. If you haven't been there you should really put it on your list of things to do. It's such a beautiful place and although there aren't many people living there - less than 1 million in a state three times the size of Texas! - they are very welcoming and friendly. The reason I've been there several times is that I have family living there (Anchorage and Fairbanks). I've been lucky enough to go and visit them over the years; my first trip was 30 years ago.
On this trip I traveled to FAIRBANKS with my Aunt as my travel partner. This was a short trip - just 4 days. If you really want to see the sights you need a minimum of a week; 10 days would be good and two weeks would be great. Because it's such a BIG STATE it takes a long time to get from place to place, and to do it right you want to see more than just one part of the state. For this trip we were focused on family and didn't travel beyond the Fairbanks area.
Here are some PHOTOS from the trip:
Arch made from more than 100 moose & caribou antlers; flowers in downtown Fairbanks; cribbage board made from walrus ivory (at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks museum; fresh squeezed lemonade at the Farmer's Market; a walk through the woods near our hotel; table decoration at the wedding; three week old puppy at my Uncle's house; some of my Uncle's dog sleds; flowers at my cousin's house; Fairbanks airport.
The temperature was 75 degrees (F) and it was BRIGHT and SUNNY. In fact, it stays light 24 hours a day during the summer which is awesome and wierd all at the same time. Our hotel room had room darkening shades so sleeping wasn't a problem, but realizing that it was bed time was difficult when it was still light out. This picture was taken at 10:30 p.m.
I plan to stay put for the rest of the summer. I put myself on a spending freeze and a PTO (paid time off) freeze for the next few months so I can replenish both accounts. I plan to spend July and August doing projects around the house, going to the lake and hanging out with family. I also have an order for three custom mini albums that I'm working on, along with working on my own travel albums.
Any questions about my trip to ALASKA? If you are thinking of visiting the state and want some information about a specific area or traveling there in general let me know. I can give you a traveler's perspective and some general information, and if there's a question I can't answer I have some knowledgable resources that can help me out.