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Alaska!

Alaska, here I come! Early next month, I fly into Anchorage and stay overnight. Dinner with family and some sightseeing, then I fly to Sitka the next day for about a week. A friend who lives there has plans for Flightseeing and an ATV tour among other adventures. She has worked as a tour guide in several parts of Alaska so she knows the good stuff.

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That's a photo she took of the Incentive, a ship featured in The Deadliest Catch tv show.

I'm hoping to see some glaciers and if the conditions are right, the Aurora Borealis.

I've decided to stay at a hostel for part of the time. At about $30 per night, the price is right. That's another new experience and I'm told it's a good way to meet other travelers. I've never taken a vacation alone - so it'll be good to have a friend nearby even though I'm not staying with her.

I've wanted to go since I was in college. My aunt wanted to go since she was very young and finally made it when she was 48. She inspired me to keep reaching for my goals - even if I got old. Um… Old? I wish I was 48 again. I remember thinking that I would get there before I got that old - well I missed that mark but it doesn't matter.

I've read up on Sitka a bit - lots of history there. It's where Russia handed over the keys to the US in 1867 among other things.

I've got some shopping to do - rain gear for the ATV tour is first on my list. There's a great quilt shop in Sitka, so I'll be doing some shopping while I'm there, too. I've got to finalize plans for my mom to go to respite but that should be done on Friday.

I'm open to suggestions for sights to see in Anchorage and Sitka if anyone has been there.

posted on July 16, 2013 7:10 PM ()

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I am so jealous! Alaska is definitely one of the places I plan on seeing sometime in my lifetime, hopefully before I get too old or cranky. The Deadliest Catch is an awesome show. Have a ton of fun and take a load of pictures!
comment by jaydensblog on July 19, 2013 5:49 PM ()
I plan on taking lots of photos. I'll share as many as I can when I get back.
reply by catdancer on July 20, 2013 3:05 PM ()
Sounds like a great trip (although I'd never go to Alaska without going to Denali).
comment by jjoohhnn on July 17, 2013 9:12 AM ()
That's probably going to have to wait until my next trip unless I find an extra $500... got some?
reply by catdancer on July 17, 2013 2:47 PM ()
Remember to carry a honey pot so you can keep the bear from eating you.
comment by jondude on July 17, 2013 6:14 AM ()
Um - doesn't honey attract bears? Mosquitoes don't like me - maybe bears won't either.
reply by catdancer on July 17, 2013 2:45 PM ()
The only Alaska I know was the Alaska ice cream co when I was growing up
but all things aside you go and enjoy yourself wish I could join you
comment by kevinshere on July 16, 2013 10:46 PM ()
I love ice cream! A local ice creamery makes a flavor called "Denali" - has lots of chocolate and other stuff in it. Yummy!
reply by catdancer on July 17, 2013 2:45 PM ()
P.S. Will your mom have a caregiver while you are away?
comment by tealstar on July 16, 2013 7:20 PM ()
Glad you are realizing your dream.
comment by tealstar on July 16, 2013 7:19 PM ()
Thanks Teal. My mom will go to respite in an Assisted Living Facility while I'm gone. The details changed after I made my plane reservations - should be settled the end of this week or first of next.
reply by catdancer on July 17, 2013 2:43 PM ()

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