Alaska | About Me Monday | Dublin Ohio Photographer
On July 2, 2016, we stepped off the plane in Anchorage, Alaska for a week-long adventure in several of the US national parks. This trip was the culmination of about four years of planning, so it was almost surreal when we finally landed for our journey in the Last Frontier.
On Sunday, July 3, we drove the Seward Highway, which is considered one of the most scenic drives in America. Upon our arrival in Seward we boarded a ship that took us to see the wildlife and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. The glacier was absolutely beautiful and I never imagined we would see that much wildlife. We saw sea lions sunbathing and otters riding the waves. We laughed as puffins took off from the water and stared in amazement as we watched a whale breach. After a beautiful day at sea, we made the scenic drive back to Anchorage.
On Monday, July 4, we enjoyed the Independence Day parade and festivities in Anchorage before driving north to Denali. We stayed in Denali for three days and had a great time hiking and seeing more wildlife. While on a shuttle bus tour, we saw caribou, wolves, moose, dall sheep, and grizzly bears. While walking on a trail we came very close to a moose and her two calves as well as a beaver building his dam.
After Denali, we drove north once again to Fairbanks where we spent the night and caught a plane the next day to Bettles. While in the small town of Bettles, we took a float plane flight tour into Kobuk Valley National Park (pictured above) and Gates of the Arctic National Park. While in the air and on land, we saw some of the most beautiful landscapes. We even saw a black bear from the plane.
Our trip finally ended after 14 plane rides in eight days. On July 10th, we landed back in Port Columbus International Airport. We still have a lot of photo editing to do, we took over 1,000 photos throughout the trip. I hope to do another post again soon with all of our top photos but I at least wanted to talk a little bit about the adventure this week.