I had the best time in Alaska this past weekend. It exceeded my expectations. Dave and I got to see so much wildlife, drove all over Denali National Park, and took lots of pictures and made great memories. So be warned friends, there are a lot of pictures in this post and tomorrow’s. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them.
Thursday August 20th, 2015
Right from work I drove to LAX, parked the car and headed to my flight with Delta. I had a layover in our future home of Seattle for an hour, ate a quick salad then was off to Fairbanks.
I got in late at 11pm and Dave picked me up at the airport in Fairbanks which was small and super easy to navigate.
Dave and his film crew are staying at the Springhill Suites in Fairbanks.
In the morning I got to see the town a little on the way to the airport to grab our car rental. We also stopped by Starbucks and Fred Meyer (their grocery store) to get a few things for our time in Denali and our mini 2 hour road trip there. We got bananas and nectarines. I also brought dried apricots, Goldfish crackers, dried bananas, coconut almonds, and mixed nuts. Side note I love snacking on road trips.
We got to our motel which was cute and $150 a night.
The receptionist suggested we go to the cafe next door called Rose’s. It was simple diner type food but had such a great outdoor patio.
Right before we went into the park, we stopped by the coffee house and grabbed some drinks. We love going to local coffee shops on our road trips.
Here we are at the entrance of the park. Throughout the day it was sunny, cloudy and rainy. It was about 45 degrees out.
There were sweeping views of the mountains and it was really cool to see sheets of rain in the distance.
Here is a fun pic I took from our car window.
This was at Mountain Vista at mile 15, near where private vehicles are restricted and you need a permit to go in your own private car, or you can go in the park buses. Because Dave is currently working with Animal Planet, we were able to snag a permit so we could lug all our camera gear in the car.
We decided it would make the most sense to drive through the park since it’s 6 million acres! We wanted to cover the most ground and have increase our likelihood of seeing wildlife. We also had a lot of camera gear that we wouldn’t have been able to hike with.
We stopped at Sanctuary River and did our traditional jumping photo 🙂 And in case you were wondering, Dave is holding a can of bear mace just in case.
The road that goes through the park is 90 miles and around mile 30 we turned around and headed back out and headed to dinner.
And of course on the way out we finally spotted a moose!
We went out to dinner and had delicious oysters as an appetizer, and there was such a nice view from the restaurant. We went to eat at Overlook which is part of the Crow’s Nest Cabins.
It was also cool to see how light it still was at almost 10pm.
The first two days in Alaska were awesome. We had so much fun and it was surreal to be in Alaska together, especially in Denali National Park! Tomorrow I’ll go over Saturday and Sunday of our trip. Get ready there’s a lot more pictures 🙂
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23 thoughts on “My Alaska Trip Part 1”
awesome photos, would love to visit Alaska one day, preferably to ski as well
Thanks James! There are so many mountains and the views skiing would be spectacular for sure!
😀😀😀😀 can’t wait
This looks awesome! I would kill to go to Alaksa. Did you manage to fit any hiking in?
(Also I 100% agree with you about snacks and road trips. Along with epic playlists, they’re the best part!)
Sadly no we weren’t able to hike this trip. It was such a short trip and we had so much camera gear it wouldn’t have made sense to hike with it. And it also rained on and off the entire weekend.
And yes I love playlists too for road trips, forget to mention that!
I love snacks on road trips…it’s just not right if you road trip without them! The park looks so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the other pictures tomorrow! Also, I love the traditional jumping picture and the fact that Dave had to carry bear mace!
When I saw the bear mace I thought it was a mini fire extinguisher (haha whoops!)
What an awesome trip…. love it. I really want to make it out to Alaska some day.
Thanks Jamie, it was so much fun! I can’t even believe I was there 🙂
Every time I see pictures of Alaska I want to go more and more! It is just beautiful. They have Fred Meyer here too! I always forget that Alaska is sometimes grouped with the PNW states, so it makes sense that they have stores there too!
It really is beautiful!
I’ve never heard of Fred Meyer but I guess I’ll be seeing a lot more of them soon 🙂
I always pack so many snacks for road trips! And I love seeing all of the photos! Looking forward to the next post as well 🙂
Thanks Alexandra! I love buying road trip snacks so fun. I always feel so together when I have cut up fruit in a mini cooler 🙂
That’s so amazing! It looks like such a great trip! I would love to visit Alaska!
Thanks Lauren it was awesome for sure! 🙂
Dave has the coolest job, working with Animal planet!! And Alaska looks AMAZING! I so want to go someday soon, It is gorgeous! I can’t get over all the greenery!!
xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants
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Julie this is making me so excited/happy for you!!! This place is AMAZING!!! Oh my gosh…the moose? I died. YOU guys are so cute and look like you are having so much fun!! SO happy you got to make a trip out there!!
Looks like you had a terrific time! As always, I love the jumping photo. I laughed when I read bear mace but then thought oh I guess that is a reality there! Glad you saw a moose and no bear!
The jumping photo is a must 🙂 that was the first time I’ve ever seen bear mace.
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