100 Days of Denali: Day 59, 60, & 61

Another weekend, another trip to Denali National Park!  We drove down after Josh’s work on Friday, so we didn’t reach the park until 10pm!  Darkness is coming and we barely made it in with enough light for some photos.  When we got to mile 3, headquarters, we were stopped due to construction. We waited 15…

100 Days of Denali: Day 55, 56, 57, & 58

My best friend from the age of 4 came for the first time to Alaska to visit!  She lives in New York City, which is pretty much as far away as you can get!  I was in her wedding last November but I hadn’t seen her since.  She got in around midnight and I was…

100 Days of Denali: Day 53 & 54

I headed down on a Friday and was in complete awe on the new colors in the park.  Fall was coming!  I was going down to Healy for the 49 State Brewery Augtoberfest (not to be confused with the popular Oktoberfest).  That Friday was a relatively short evening in the park before this event.  I…

100 Days of Denali: Day 49, 50, 51, & 52

It was a super long drive from Homer to Denali National Park.  I could have possibly gotten into Denali early enough for a quick adventure and stay on track for my days but I was delayed.  I was delayed at the South Denali View pullout off the Parks highway watching an epic sunset over Denali!…

McNeil River Sanctuary: Bear with me!

I have to admit I was pretty anxious about this trip.  I love bears and adventure, but traveling 8 nights/9 days in the wilderness alone was pushing my comfort zone!  I knew I actually wouldn’t be alone alone, there would be others I would be exploring McNeil with, but I wouldn’t know anyone.  My family…

100 Days of Denali: Day 48

I had one day of rest between my trip to see family in Wisconsin and the beginning of my next trip!  It was a blast spending time with family at my Grandma’s lake house!  We danced in the sunset, road boats in the daylight, and then played cards in the night!  The only negative was…

Summer Trip 3 Part TWO: Kodiak

Making it to Anchorage was a huge relief.  I love Glacier Bay National Park and all of Gustavus’ charm and beauty, but I was ready to be back to civilization to prepare for Kodiak.  We were meeting up with some friends of ours, Walter and his son Connor.  Walter and Connor were meeting us in…

Summer Trip 3 Part ONE: Juneau, Petersburg, and Gustavus

Less than 48 hours after I got back from Denali Day 43, I was on a plane headed to meet up with my mom in Juneau!  She also works for a school district and has summers off.  Since I have moved to Alaska she has come every summer to explore while we are both off…

100 Days of Denali: Day 39, 40, 41, 42, & 43

Another day, another trip to Denali National Park!  I had a day and a half to regroup after my Dad and Julie left Alaska.  Josh was traveling for a wedding and I was taking the RV with the pups down to Denali.  I left town in later afternoon.  The highway wasn’t bad but it is…

Trip 2: Ketchikan, Juneau, Gustavus

The day after I got back from Denali and seeing the gorgeous mountain out in all of her glory, I was flying over her to head to my trip #2!  Josh and I were flying to meet up with my Dad and Julie.  Josh and I got upgraded to first class and got to see…

100 Days of Denali: Day 37 & 38

The day after our friends, Brian and Abby,  left Alaska happily engaged, I headed back into Denali National Park!  I just had to go back on June 1 to get to go to Eielson!  The shuttle buses start heading to Eielson Visitor Center on June 1!  I headed down on May 31, checked into the…