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Most beautiful state I have ever seen in my life and that is coming from someone who has been in Colorado, seen the Smoky Mountains in the fall and just plain traveled some. Alaska is one of the few places that actually caused me to catch my breath at how beautiful it was. Sometimes it shocked you into silence. God took some extra time with Alaska.

We rented a place in Anchorage, which ended up being WAY cheaper than those hotels with their ungodly prices. Made that our home-base so to speak. Did a grocery run, rented a vehicle and had the time of our lives.

We did:
- the Alaska railway to Seward
- The glacier cruise out of Seward
- The Whittier Tunnel
- Portage Glacer
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Turnagain Arm (I could spend days there....so beautiful)
- Hatcher Pass from Wasilla to Willow (My camera was almost full of pictures by this point)
- Eklutna Lake
- Drove to Fairbanks
- Drove the Old Denali Hwy from Cantwell to Paxson (Jaw droppingly beautiful - almost at the 1000 picture point lol)
- Saw the Northern Lights
- Went to the Arctic Circle north of Fairbanks (one of my favorite parts of the trip)
- Went to Denali Natl Park......stupid clouds hid the big guy. Still an awesome place though.
- the Anchorage Market Festival
- Visited the Alaska Mint

...........other stuff too, but you get the idea. I would dare say we saw the essential Alaska. I am so glad we did NOT do a cruise. We would have missed a lot. Food for instance.

Fireweed ice cream, birch syrup and walnut ice cream. Spectacular stuff. I tried the sailorboy pilot bread.....didnt do much for me. lol. I did enjoy the reindeer sausages though. Those arent half bad.

People were so nice up there. Alaska is an extremely friendly place.

One thing I am glad I did my research on was to get the Milepost. That thing was invaluable.

It is official though. I LOVE Alaska. I loved the people, the weather, the politics or lack thereof, the scenery, the clean air........pretty much everything except the prices though.....

If I get rich enough, can I come live with you Alaskans?
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As the bumper sticker says...

"Welcome to Alaska! Please enjoy your stay, and please go home!"
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Sounds awesome! We might visit there soon.
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As the bumper sticker says...

"Welcome to Alaska! Please enjoy your stay, and please go home!"
Aw.....come on. Are you one of those unfriendly bush people that we were warned about?
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Unfriendly? Hardly. I have my group of friends, just as most do. One of the things I love most about Alaska is the relative lack of people. I don't want to see anyone else coming up here.

Truth be told, I would be ecstatic to see the population go from 600,000 to 6,000.

After knowing how Alaska used to be, it's painfully obvious that it's no longer the wild frontier it once was.
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WERE you born there ?? or a transplant???
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I spent some time in Alaska. Did a week long canoe trip down the Salcha River and went backpacking above the Arctic Circle and in Denali NP.

Great place, beautiful scenery but the mosquitoes are awful


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I would dare say we saw the essential Alaska. I am so glad we did NOT do a cruise. We would have missed a lot. Food for instance.
Sorry to disagree--perhaps in relation to those who have gone on a mega cruise liner--What you have described are "tourist" activities.

I have only spent about 36 months in AK--over a period of years, in RV, my own boats, kayaks, back packing etc. I don't feel that I have even touched what Alaska has to offer.

I am not an Alaskan--I do have some friends who are: trappers who live remotely most of the year. Folks who have run the Iditarod, only because their lives depended on the dogs, then they got involved in the race.. Folks who work in the various industries, such as foresting, fishing, the oil industry. I would say that you have not seen the "essential Alaska". To do that you have to live in the remote areas, to experience the vastness, the remoteness, and the wildness. You have to travel thru all of Alaska from the North Slope to the Bering Sea, to the areas of SE. You would have to live there for years.

Yes, I agree, it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
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Spent 2 years there courtesy of the A.F. (77-79) and I enjoyed myself, even during the winter. Just wondering though....will the Alaskan railroad drop you off at a particular mile marker/place of your choosing and then pick you up when you're done wandering around? They did when I was there.
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Spent 2 years there courtesy of the A.F. (77-79) and I enjoyed myself, even during the winter. Just wondering though....will the Alaskan railroad drop you off at a particular mile marker/place of your choosing and then pick you up when you're done wandering around? They did when I was there.
They sort of did that. They picked up some hikers alongside the tracks, but I think it was kind of a more pre-arranged pick up spot. I am not sure though, if they will just pick you up anywhere.
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The Hurricane Train from Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch makes flagstops anywhere.

http://www.alaska.org/detail/hurricane-turn
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I'm glad you had a great time. You did a nice itinerary to some of my favorite places. I camp along the Denali Highway 2-3 times each summer. I have a good dozen other suggestions for places to go the next time you visit!
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Spent 2 years there courtesy of the A.F. (77-79) and I enjoyed myself, even during the winter. Just wondering though....will the Alaskan railroad drop you off at a particular mile marker/place of your choosing and then pick you up when you're done wandering around? They did when I was there.
I was there courtesy of the US Army during the same time frame, 76-79. Didn't realize at the time just how lucky I was but as a result of many training excercizes had the chance to go to a lot of really remote areas. I have a head full of great memories.....
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I'm glad you had a great time. You did a nice itinerary to some of my favorite places. I camp along the Denali Highway 2-3 times each summer. I have a good dozen other suggestions for places to go the next time you visit!
I am all ears. I definitely want to come back to visit.
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I am all ears. I definitely want to come back to visit.
Again, you did a great trip.

Drive the top of the world highway.
Visit Wrangell St. Elias National Park.
Visit the Kennicott mine and lodge.
Drive to Valdez, perhaps the prettiest drive next to the Denali Highway.
Float the Kenai.
Float the Yukon.
Hike the Matanuska Glacier.
Drive to Homer and do a Halibut fishing trip.
Visit Richard Louis "D!ck" Proenneke's homestead.
Visit Chena Hot Springs.
Visit Lake Clark National Park.
Do a remote fishing trip.

And I haven't even touched the southeast. But that's yet another trip!
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Again, you did a great trip.

Drive the top of the world highway.
Visit Wrangell St. Elias National Park.
Visit the Kennicott mine and lodge.
Drive to Valdez, perhaps the prettiest drive next to the Denali Highway.
Float the Kenai.
Float the Yukon.
Hike the Matanuska Glacier.
Drive to Homer and do a Halibut fishing trip.
Visit Richard Louis "D!ck" Proenneke's homestead.
Visit Chena Hot Springs.
Visit Lake Clark National Park.
Do a remote fishing trip.

And I haven't even touched the southeast. But that's yet another trip!
On my list. Thank you much.

Alaska truly is a lifetime of exploring isnt it?
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It is! I forgot to mention to bring your passport on the top of the world highway. That road takes you into Canada.
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It is! I forgot to mention to bring your passport on the top of the world highway. That road takes you into Canada.
Now I just need to make some more money so I can come visit again.
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