Believe it or not this is a summer photo of Jim and my friend getting ready to push our kayak into the water. We’re in Alaska and the water was a little choppy. It seems you feel every little wave in a sea kayak. It was great fun.
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This Alaska caribou looks up from his evening munch.
Driving the Alaska Highway, you can see all kinds of wildlife and this caribou is only one of the animals we saw. In the summer, they look a little patchy as their fur is thinning and eventually the velvet on their antlers will come off.
Fact: The only difference between the caribou and the reindeer is that the reindeer has been domesticated.
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One of the most remote highways on earth, the Dalton Highway takes you to the top of the world.
One of our more memorable road trips, Jim and I drove the Dalton highway to Deadhorse, Alaska for the adventure of it. A 414 mile long, gravel road, it’s Alaska rough through and through.
The Dalton was built to parallel the Alaska pipeline for maintenance and supplies. The only regular traffic on the road is the oil workers and the truckers. Believe me, it is not fun to follow a truck on that gravel. It kicks up some big rocks. [...]
We love to drive! It gives us so much more control over what we do and see, and take photos of, for that matter.
This is a mountain shot taken somewhere along the Alaska Highway, north of Dawson Creek. No matter where you are on the Alaska Highway, the views are amazing, and you get to see all kinds of wildlife to boot.
Don’t think you’ll be out there on your own, though. Especially during the summer, there is an amazing amount of people on the road, from small cars to [...]
One of the most iconic yet least visited National Parks in the U.S.A….Katmai!
I can be a bit of a cheapskate! I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!
Well then, why, you might ask, why would you visit Katmai National Park? The reason there are so few visitors to this remote beauty is the fact that being so far off the beaten path is….yep! Expensive!
Getting to Katmai, though, really is half the fun!
First off you need to get yourself to Anchorage, Alaska. Then you must fly a pretty big plane to King Salmon, [...]
Hailibut Cove, Alaska is one of those fun day trips out of Homer. Homer is on the southern part of the Kenai Peninsula full of great fishing, moose, and the true Alaskan spirit. It’s at least a six hour drive south of Anchorage, but there are a few good stops along the way.
While in Homer, you go down to the spit (dock) and hire a boat to take you to Halibut Cove. It is a quick jaunt, and there are plenty of otters and sea lions in the waters. In summer, it’s great to see the otters and [...]
Winter in Alaska is a magical experience. The daylight is scarce. In the Anchorage area, you get about four and a half hours a day. So it’s dark, but there is a lot of beautiful light during these hours. There’s plenty of sunrise, sunset, and that deep, beautiful blue light as well. Here the sun is sinking about 3:30 in the afternoon, but this guy wants to maximize his ice fishing opportunity so he’s getting set up. Luckily it doesn’t matter how much light is in the sky to fish.
Traveling around bush Alaska for six years, I often visited the Aleutian Islands. This photo is of a barge hauling old equipment around in the waters around the fishing port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If you look closely you can see all the eagles hanging out on the riggings. Eagles are everywhere as are seals and sea lions and occasionally whales. Dutch Harbor became world-famous with the Discovery TV show, “The Deadliest Catch”, and oftimes while I was there, I would see the big crabbing boats in dock.
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Jim and I are an American married couple who have had the opportunity to live all over the world thanks to our work. We are both teachers, and currently we're working in Schweinfurt, Germany where we plan to stay for the next few years. Continue reading... Follow @corinnevail