Thursday, October 21, 2010

Walking around Juneau...

A bald eagle staring us down at the eagle preserve outside of Haines, AK!

Driving into the Yukon Territories
Entering Canada from the ALCAN!

On the road to Tok, AK

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

At Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

Our jellyfish friend that kept popping up in the harbor...

At the harbor in Seward, AK

Saturday, October 16, 2010

View from the Seward Highway just outside of Anchorage

The drive from Anchorage to Homer

Homer's famous "Salty Dawg Saloon"
Bishops Beach. Homer, AK
Walking along the beach in Homer, AK
Sitting outside on our deck at our hotel in Homer, watching the ships come in

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Setting out on the Alaskan road trip!

Lindsey and I set out on our road trip's hard to believe that the time has finally come to start driving away from Northern Alaska! We left Fairbanks and drove to Denali, where we spent the afternoon driving through the park. The scenery was beautiful, and although we didn't see much wildlife, we did come across a giant moose standing in the middle of the road. As we continued on to our destination for the night, which was Talkeetna, AK, we got to see some amazing views of Mt. McKinley. We stayed at a cute little place in Talkeetna called The Roadhouse, and we enjoyed some "Mountain High Pizza Pie" for dinner. On Friday we got up and drove into Anchorage, where we walked around the city for a while and did some much needed shopping (just looking, of course, not buying :)). We drove back to Wasilla later in the day and met up with Sadie (from Coldfoot). The past few days Lindsey and I have stayed at Sadie's, where her and Justin have shown us how to live it up Wasilla style. The trip starts up again tomorrow, I will keep everyone posted with new pics!!!

Leaving Fairbanks, getting on the highway to Anchorage...

Entering Denali!

Hiking in Denali National Park

Driving through Denali, we came around a corner and there was a giant moose standing in the middle of the road!!

We had the most amazing view of Mt. McKinley from the road!
In Talkeetna, AK, where we stayed the first night of the road trip

Kissing a moose in Talkeetna, AK!

Driving into Wasilla

Lindsey, Sadie, and I enjoying a night out on the town in Anchorage

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hey everyone! I know it's been a really long time since I last posted, and I finally have some time (and a working internet connection) to catch up on the blog. I figured at this point, it would be too difficult to separate out the blog entries into individual events that took place in the last 2 months, so I have just decided to post the pictures from everything together. They might be out of cronological order, but you get the idea. These past weeks at Coldfoot have been absolutely amazing, I have been having such a great time. I have been to Deadhorse, at the top of the world, and dipped my feet into the arctic ocean. While I was there I was able to go on a tour that took us into the oil fields and I got to see where the pipeline begins. Since my last entry I have also been to the Yukon River Camp, located right on the edge of the Yukon river. Lindsey and I were able to meet and hang out with the employees who work there, and we also got to walk across the Yukon River bridge to get a good view of the beautiful fall colors by the river. Lindsey and I climbed to the top of Shockpoint Mountain the weekend after we got back. It was even harder than the first time I climbed it, mainly because we took a different (more difficult) route to the summit, but it was well worth it once we got to the top. The most amazing thing I have done in the past few weeks is climb Sukukpak Mountain. I never thought I would be able to climb it, but a few weeks ago a group of us decided to go together and give it a try. It was extremely difficult; it took us all day, and was freezing cold as we got near the top. As hard as it was, I think the pictures show just how awesome the views were, and how it was definitely worth the effort to get to the top. Coldfoot has been such a great experience!!!! I will try to continue posting the pics from Coldfoot as well as new pics as I leave Fairbanks and start making my way south! Until then, let the road trip to Seattle begin!

Playing fetch with Indy and Jacob on the banks of the Koyukuk river

Lindsey and I hangin' out on the pipeline

Lacy, Natalie, and I enjoying the fresh snowy walk on the pipeline trail

Isn't she cute!!

One of Jenna's new puppies!!!!

Team Sukukpak setting off on our mountain climbing adventure! Our goal: reach the summit of Sukukpak Mountain

Looking intense, walking toward Sukukpak, preparing for the climb...

Sarah and I making our way to the summit of Sukukpak Mountain
View from the top of Sukukpak Mountain

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kevin and I hiking down from Cathedral

Lindsey and I found the coolest spot by the river while hiking the pipeline trail...we look really excited about it!

Ice Road Truckers!

Hiking the pipeline trail

Enjoying the beautiful fall day, eating outside in tent city

My tent!

Check out the full rainbow over Coldfoot cafe!

At the Yukon River...our shadows as the sun was going down were amazing!

Standing on the Yukon River bridge at Yukon River camp
On top of shockpoint mountain for the second time! Yeah!

There are more places to shop in Deadhorse than in Coldfoot!
Preparing myself for the ice cold water of the arctic ocean

Lindsey and I standing in the arctic ocean in Deadhorse, AK!

Under the sign at the end of the Dalton Highway in Deadhorse, AK