We have spent two wonderful weeks in the beautiful state of Alaska. I’ll be sharing what we saw and did over the next few posts, because there was just too much for only one post! I’ll break them up by city and keep up with the timeline. Alaska is such an amazing place with so much to see and do and so many different ways to explore. We flew into Anchorage, rented a car, and spent time in Denali, Talkeetna, Seward, Homer, and Girdwood over two weeks.
Day 1 we spent in Anchorage (we flew into Anchorage the day before). We started the day with hiking Flattop Mountain. This hike was rough, but offered beautiful views of the mountains near Anchorage and the coastline. We hiked about 3 miles round trip, but did not reach the summit because the trail became too steep and rocky for us. The day was clear enough that we could actually see Mt. Denali! There is a viewing area next to the parking lot that identifies the surrounding mountains, and it offers a short, easy walk.
After our hike, we visited the Alaska Zoo. It is a small zoo, but filled with several animals we had never seen in person before. Including brown bears, a snowy leopard, and a musk ox. The animals seemed very active and it was a lot of fun. We grabbed lunch at Glacier Brewhouse and went to the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery to see the salmon in the creek. Then we walked on the Coastal Trail for a few miles before going to the Ulu Factory and Ship Creek Bridge where lots of people were out fishing.
Anchorage to Denali
Day 2 was driving day from Anchorage to Denali. On the way north, we stopped at Lake Eklutna and were rewarded with a beautiful, secluded lake. We also saw a black bear while leaving the area. There are several recreation areas on the way to Denali that offer picnic tables and walking trails, we stopped at a couple to enjoy the sights. We then spent a few hours in Denali National Park that evening, but I’ll save that for the next post! (The second picture below is from a short walk we did at Denali).
Until next time,