Munching on a glacier chip
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
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.