I decided to share this memory today because we are headed back to Alaska next week Tuesday. BSP's brother Joe is getting married and BSP is a groomsman! So why not share about my first Alaska experience?!
Several years ago, (I think it was either 2004 or 2005) BSP took me to Alaska to meet his family for the first time. ALASKA!!!! I was SO excited!! How many people get the chance to say they've been to Alaska?!
Well, it was everything I had ever dreamed it would be and yet so much more. There are no words for how VAST Alaska is. It just goes on as far as the eye can see and beyond. The mountains, glaciers, valley's and yes, even the Cities are different.
I ate more than I ever have in my entire life. BSP's folks had a cook-out one night while we were there and his dad put Salmon on the grill. I went back 5 TIMES!! And his dad actually said "Sorry Lisa. It's last years catch but we haven't gone yet this year". (How much would I have eaten if it had been the current years catch?!)
We went in June and it never got full dark, just a deep twilight. But I would be lying to say that affected my sleep. I slept all the time! Whenever there was an opportunity to rest, I took it! The air in Alaska is different from anything we have here in the lower 48 and it just calmed me and I slept so soundly!
We got to do and see so many wonderful things. We walked on Glaciers and visited others, we went to Homer and fished for Halibut. We saw puffins, seals, whales, eagles, moose and NONE OF THEM WERE IN A ZOO! We visited the MuskOx Farm (did you know that Musk Ox are an ancient species that has survived through thousands of years?) and even after everything we managed to squeeze into our visit, we barely scratched the surface of Alaska.
I'm going to tell you all the same thing I tell everyone else. If you've ever dreamed of going to Alaska, DO IT! PLAN IT! FIT IT IN! BUDGET FOR IT! It's a trip you will never, ever regret!
BSP and I on Matanuska Glacier