Cold Destinations Have Never Been My Thing … But A Week In Alaska In Winter Has Me Reconsidering: Alaskan Adventure Part 1
Ok. I had just, and I mean only a day prior, finalized a trip to southeast Asia that would end on February 5. My daughter calls and says “hey, you wanna go to Alaska with me on February 6”? (What? Alaska, me, in the winter, right after Asia, how much fluffier will a ski coat make me look in pictures, me? in the winter with snow??) “Well, of course, I want to join you!” Maybe I wasn’t too thrilled about a week freezing my tabs off but I was excited about spending a week with my daughter - so I packed up and took off. (In the off chance anyone else finds themselves taking two polar (sort of a punny) opposite trips on the same travel I will share in another post what I packed and how I managed with extra luggage.)
After a 15 hour flight from Singapore that landed in San Francisco around 8:30 in the morning I was able to get through immigration and customs and on Alaska Air flights to Seattle then Anchorage and was in Alaska checking into our hotel room by 4:30 pm. Due to a snowstorm in Seattle my daughter's flight was delayed and she arrived arrived at the hotel around 6:30 am. Thank goodness I had gone to sleep instead of waiting up for her because evidently when you’re 26 a few hours nap on the plane is sufficient rest on which to start an adventure! (Was I ever 26? Not terribly reassuring that I can’t remember. Oh well, I do remember what I had for breakfast so let’s stay positive.)
Since I have more travel experience under my belt (and what a big belt it is :)), I suggested our itinerary which we discussed and agreed to generally follow. The weather was iffy and we didn’t want to rush on the first day so we flipped our schedule around a bit. It was nice to have that flexibility but I wouldn’t have counted on being able to change last minute if it was the busy summer instead of the slower winter season.
Over 6 days we: road tripped 998 miles spending overnights in 3 city/towns; beheld a completely unobstructed view of Denali (I can’t stop thinking “Mt. McKinley” each time I write Denali); stayed up way past midnight a couple of nights to watch for and then witness the Aurora Borealis; had fun dog sledding, hiking, hanging out in hot springs, making new friends, laughing for hours; and had an amazing crazy fun adventure.
Going on this Alaskan trip has caused me to view the cold side of Mother Nature in a whole new light. To say the scenery is magnificent and awe-inspiring would be the understatement of all time. My breath was taken away too many times to mention (though that won’t stop me from trying to tell you everything)! Yep. Alaska in the winter was worth wearing layers of clothes, hats, gloves and even being a tad cold at times!
Read Roadtrip Tales: Anchorage to Talkeetna.
Happy & Safe Travels.
Come along with this southern girl on my fun travel adventures! I’m taking the tours; seeing the sites; trying out the hotels; dining at the restaurants; cruising on the cruise ships; and sharing the experiences on this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel escapades and that they will be inspiring and helpful when planning your own fabulous adventures.