As you all know, I was fortunate enough to have my job send me to Alaska. I was arrived on a sunday (around 6pm, after traveling for 12 hours) and was on the job until that friday at around 1pm. After that, I decided to stay and use that as a bit of my vacation. The conference was in Anchorage, and after it ended I basically just hung out around the hotel. I was pretty beat from a week of super long days, and couldn’t muster the energy to go much of anywhere, especially given the fact that I had to be ready to go at 8am the next morning to meet a shuttle down to Seward, where I’d take a wildlife cruise and go halibut fishing, then spend a few days.
I got to hike quite a bit around on the trip, and was able to see some amazing things. Anchorage has what they call the coastal trail, which is just what it sounds like – a trail along the coast. This is a bike/multi use trail that runs along the coast. I headed here 3 of the nights I was in anchorage, to get in my daily workout. There are some great views of the Knik arm and downtown Anchorage, and I got a few pictures.That’s what they call the sleeping lady. If you look at it right, it looks like a woman sleeping. I can see it sometimes, though this photo doesn’t really show it. There was also a very close and very quick hike up flat top mountain. I didn’t really plan to do this, but saw it on a whim in a guide book and decided to get it in before my conference started. Great hike, very quick and I was able to run down the last 2 miles.
That’s a view from the top of the mountain (it was somewhere around 3500 feet – nothing that big) and a good, quick hike. Those were basically all the pictures I got in anchorage – I was working a lot, and I didnt have much time outside of the conference to do anything other than eat and head to the conference. I did visit a lot of microbreweries, and if you’re really curious, you can email me and I’ll show you pictures from them. After Anchorage came Seward. I got a lot of great pictures there, and did a lot of things. There was a lot of walking (I probably walked across town 10+ times) and a lot of fun to be had.
I went on a wildlife cruise, a fishing trip for halibut (more on that later) and did quite a few hikes, one which has a long back-story. Before I left I warned H that if I came back engaged to a glacier, she shouldn’t take it personal and that it was just the way that things had to be. She said she understood, but I’m not so sure she meant it – who can be OK with getting left for a large sheet of ice (aside from me)?
You can see the glaciers rather easy in this photo – they are cirque glaciers, and not attached to any larger ice sheets. I also saw a whole rock full of lazy sea lions. All these guys do all day is lay on that rock, sun and make tons of noise – sounds like a professional blogger (j/k!).
That is all the pictures that I’ll share for now – there’s still quite a bit more from the fishing trips, the hiking and just the general walking around. I took about 400 pictures in total (2 of them have people in them) and I’ve got a few more posts to put together with more of the pictures.
Readers – have you ever been to Alaska? Did you enjoy it? Where did you go and what did you do? Why did you go there?
Also, this will be the first of two or three posts – I’ll probably post them all on Wednesdays.