Our Honeymoon Part VIII – ALASKA
Really, the title of this post should probably be glaciers, grizzly bears and bald eagles because now when I hear Alaska those three things are what will always come to my mind.
But there are other things I will think of when I think of Alaska like kayaking, climbing, friendly people, good food, salmon, seals and culture.
I really expected Alaska to be full of tourists, maybe it’s because of where we were or maybe it’s because we had previously went through Banff and Jasper but Alaska was quiet. It was very comfortable. The only time we saw crowds of people was when we went to sit and wait for the grizzly bear at the fish hatchery.
During our stay in this beautiful state we were able to visit Valdez, Haines and Juneau. I must say that Valdez was our favourite. After traveling across the country you come to really appreciate the visitor info centres. Not only were they a place to refill our water bottles (usually) and use wifi (to let our parents know we were alive) but like it’s name, they provided us with info (or at least some did). Valdez had the best info place out of the whole trip with a special thanks to Jared Chase
Before I get into the pictures I just want to say that if you ever go kayaking in Alaska you want to be prepared. Just because it’s a sunny day doesn’t mean you won’t freeze. Dress appropriately. And how we do that is by wearing Level Six.
KAYAKING AND GLACIERS
*Sidenote: Glaciers are very dangerous and it can be very unsafe to go on them, near them or under them.
Kayaking on the ocean can be dangerous and depending on your experience and kayaking abilities a guide is recommended.
*Sidenote: Keep your distance from wildlife. Carry bear spray. If you can keep yourself safe you will help keep the wildlife safe.
There are other activities you can enjoy while visiting Alaska such as rafting, climbing, gold panning, flight tours, hiking, etc. You can create your own itinerary for your own interests.
Alaska was our end destination for our honeymoon. It took us 7,000km and $1350 in gas to get there but it was worth every bit of it.