an alaskan adventure - pt I

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This post is long overdue, but I always have the hardest time sorting through photos and ended up procrastinating. Then last night my mom was like - you have so many gorgeous photos from Alaska, why don't you post about it? And so, I did. Lol. Sometimes all you need is that little push, or moms who remind you :). 

A few work friends and I planned a trip to Alaska a few months back, and it was one of the coolest and most adventurous trips I have ever taken (I am not the most outdoors-y type). We visited at the tail end of June, which is around mid-summer so the temps were cool but not too cold for outdoor activities. It was a fairly short trip - we flew into Anchorage on a Thursday night, drove down to Seward the next morning, and spent the rest of our weekend there. 

Seward is a little seaside village and is about a two and a half hour drive from Anchorage. The scenery was unreal any direction we turned, and it all felt very peaceful and serene. *reminiscing breathing in the cool, fresh morning air*

On our first day there, we wandered around town a little bit and snapped pictures. The photo above was captured with my friend's drone(!) so you get a good aerial view. The charming little town is made up of quaint little shops, restaurants, and pubs. 

As you can imagine, there weren't any Starwood properties or other chain hotels here ;). I took charge of securing our lodgings, and as I researched I found that using Homeaway was one of the best options when looking for places to stay in small towns or more rural areas. We ended up staying at what used to be the Government Cable office until 1934, which I thought was pretty cool. I didn't manage to take pictures of it sorry... but our stay there was very smooth and we had an overall good experience. 

As per usual, it didn't take long before we started thinking about dinner. We drove to this little place five minutes outside of town called the Salmon Bake (very original). We were in Alaska and we wanted Alaskan salmon!

Mmm.. freshly grilled salmon, baked potatoes, sweet corn, warm cornbread, and a pitcher of beer to go around. Little did we know that we would need all the sustenance we could get for the adventures that lay ahead of us *dun dun dunnnn*

On one of our mornings there, we went for a hike on the Exit Glacier trail. This is one of the easier hikes, and the trail is located only a short 10-15 minute drive from downtown Seward.

"She'll be coming round the mountains when she comes..." somehow I have this tune stuck in my head as I'm writing this. When you reach the top of the trail, you can almost touch the glacier. It was pretty cool how you would feel colder the closer you got to the glacier. Along the trail, we could see markers showing us how far the glacier has moved / melted over the years.

View from the trail.

Seeing how our group spends an average of 10 hours (or more...) per day in front of a computer screen during the week, being in the great outdoors was a wonderful change of scenery. Read about our big kayaking trip in pt. II

Photos taken with my iPhone.

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