So the Agitatrix and I have our trip pretty much set. We’re flying into Anchorage next month. From there we’ll spend a night in Talkeetna, and take a jet boat tour, and then a “flightseeing” of Mt. McKinley. Apparently, the flight tour includes landing on a glacier.
From there, we’ll take the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park for some whitewater rafting, then a couple days of wildlife viewing. We’re then taking a coach back to Anchorage, where we’ll rent a car spend a night in Girdwood. Then it’s the Seward Highway to Seward for a few nights, where the the highlight will be a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. Finally we head to Homer, where so far we’ve booked a half-day kayaking tour.
We have a couple of free days in Denali, Homer, and Seward, so I’d love to hear suggestions from natives in any of those places. The outfitter we used suggested a bear viewing trip in Homer. It sounded pretty cool, but at $500 each, we decided to pass. I’ve heard halibut fishing is fun, too. The guide books say you’re pretty much guaranteed to catch a 30-pounder or so. But the price there was pretty steep, too. Half-day boat charters run about $350 per person. Alaska sounds amazing, but it isn’t cheap.
But we’re really looking forward to it. I spent a few days in Alaska a couple of years ago, but I was confined to Kodiak Island. It was stunningly beautiful, so I’m excited to see other parts of the state.
I bought the first season of Northern Exposure on DVD to get psyched up.