Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alaskan Adventures

Munching on a glacier chip
Glacier Margarita
 Fuzzy sea otters
 This rock could have been Part II of Hitchcock's Birds
 Spotted: Mama Moose and Bebe Moose off the side of the road
This summer has definitely been one full of traveling, in which we are very thankful for. Mike received an opportunity to visit Anchorage, Alaska for a last minute trip, so naturally Lil J and I tagged along. We were still recovering from our trip to France and didn't have much time to do research for things to do or eat in Alaska, but the wonderful Husband decided to do a bit of research ahead of time. We were there for less than a week, so there wasn't too much we were able to accomplish within that timespan, but it gave us a good sample of what to expect the next time we return to this beautiful state. The air was incredibly crisp and unbelievably clean to our SoCal lungs. I met a local on the plane ride that told me her trip to Seattle, WA was painful to her lungs-- I wouldn't want to know what she thought of the air down here in Los Angeles. The drive up to see the glaciers was nothing less than dreamy and full of floating glaciers, all-American mountains and lush marshlands. My camera was literally on stand-by the entire time in the car and I shot away like the trigger-happy Asian tourist that I am. It was the type of scenery that inspires one to bust out "America, The Beautiful."  I was actually quite surprised to see so much greenery! I guess you could say I had the stereotypical image that Alaska primarily consisted of ice lands. And no, we did not come across any polar bears or penguins : ).

One of our highest recommendations would be the Surprise Glacier Cruise in Whittier. They provide you with an option to purchase the salmon & prime rib buffet during this 5.5 hour tour, which would be wise since it is a rather long journey (it also includes dessert!). We also went on a self-guided walking tour on the glaciers itself, without the proper hiking gear - though I must say my moto boots didn't let me down! Little J however, ended up losing his new boot, which I frantically searched for half a hour and then gave up because it was no where to be seen. I guess you learn to deal with loss of material possessions when kids are involved. We were also hoping to see the sleigh-drawn Huskies, but unfortunately they were closed for the day by the time we arrived. But we did end up seeing more animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which houses injured and orphaned wildlife. Little J got to pet his first reindeer (and then we bought some reindeer sausages back...), met a sleepy bear and herds of buffalo and elk. It definitely wasn't your typical "zoo."

Visiting scenic locations give me a newfound appreciation for nature and God's stunning creation. Often times we get caught up with the city life-- what to eat, drink, where to shop, things to do, that we lose sight of what's actually in front of us. We become bored too easily and need constant stimulation from our surroundings, and then our children end up mimicking our restlessness. People in Alaska seemed to live such simple lives, but appeared to be content. I don't think we even came across a shopping mall while we were in Anchorage, let alone a memorable eatery; but the point is that the distractions were taken away and we were able to revel in the simplistic beauty of creation, momentarily forgetting about the trivial things we often stress and worry about.


  1. i completely agree with the part about the newfound appreciation for nature! i'm obsessed with nature now haha

    1. hehehehe...i'm glad Kauai brought out that appreciation! :D And you guys can continue that in SLC ; )

  2. Awesome! Alaska is beautiful ... love the photos that you shared! :) I went on one of those Alaska cruises last year and the views were breathtaking!!

    1. Thanks, Matt! It is a beautiful state, isn't it? We are so blessed to have purchased Alaska several decades ago, haha. I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying married life! : )