Journey to Alaska 2019 | That’s a Wrap!
Join us in this episode, the final wrap on our 2019 Journey to Alaska. Come along as we highlight the most unforgettable parts of our 22-episode video series. We hope you enjoyed this series as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
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Our Journey to Alaska 2019
When we announced that we were going to Alaska back in April 2019 we didn’t even realize what an awesome adventure we were about to experience.
We had so much fun sharing the Alaska adventures that we created some 22 episodes on YouTube showcasing the most unforgettable parts of the trip for you. Our wish is that these episodes will help guide you on your journey to Alaska and give you some creative ideas when planning your trip.
And if you aren’t planning on making the journey to Alaska we sincerely hope that this video series gives you just a glimpse into what it’s like to travel to Alaska and the beauty that the North has in store.
The Beginning of our Trip
Beginning in Quartzsite, Arizona we traveled all the way to Alaska and then back to East Glacier, Montana. This monumental trip covered nearly 8 thousand miles, required about 975 gallons of Deisel Fuel and roughly 70 gallons of propane.
We initially announced our trip while boondocking near Zion National Park in Utah. Zion National Park is really a perfect place to announce a Journey of this magnitude because the Zion area itself is so magnificent and amazing in its own right.
We left Zion and traveled up through Salt Lake City to Bend Oregon. In Bend, we were able to take care of some last-minute upgrades adding airbags to the truck and getting our cats booster shots in preparation for crossing into Canada.
After completing a few preparation tasks in Bend and traveled up the Oregon/Washington Coast stopping along the way to visit some lighthouses before making our way to the beautiful Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Washington.
Crossing the Border
At this point, the journey was becoming a reality. We knew that once we crossed into Canda there was no turning back and nothing would stand in our way of completing this monumental trip.
The day had finally arrived and we woke with nervousness and excitement as we headed toward the Canadian border crossing at Sumas Washington. All of our fear and nervousness was for not. We successfully crossed the border without any trouble at all. Our previous preparedness paid off and we were on our way to Alaska.
Leaving Our Mark!
Watson Lake and the Sign Post Forest is where we left our mark along with thousands of other signs memorializing so many other visits before ours. We even found a couple of signs left by fellow YouTubers that we follow and admire.
It was pretty neat and a little overwhelming to see all the signs left by those traveling before us. Back on the Alcan, we approached the turnoff to the Top of the World highway we decided that since we had come this far we might as well make the drive to the top.
The views at the top of the world are simply breathtaking so we stopped for a but to take them all in. We then crossed the border into Alaska and stopped to visit Chicken Alaska.
One bucket list item we were able to check off the list was the Midnight Sun Run. This 10k run weaves in and out of neighborhoods in Fairbanks where locals celebrate the midnight sun on the first day of summer and really know how to party.
Lifetime of Memories
We hooked up with K2 Aviation and took a flight to the mountain and landed on Ruth Glacier. This was an epic adventure that was simply amazing. The folks at K2 aviation were great and we recommend this excursion to anyone looking to get up close and personal with Denali herself.
We took a day trip on the Hurricane Turn Train, a train that carries people, equipment and supplies to the interior of Alaska and is the only method of transportation for the folks that reside in these remote areas.
Puffins! Glaciers & More!
Feeding the puffins was on order the day we visited the Seward SeaLife Center and it was not only educational but just fun to watch all these birds play and get all the fish they could eat.
While in Seward we journeyed just a bit out of town to Kenai Fjords National Park and Exit Glacier. This easy to moderate 1-mile hike to the toe of the glacier afforded us the opportunity to come face to face with the glacier and witness how far the glacier has retreated.
One thing that had been on our mind since arriving on the Alaska coast was Halibut fishing. That in mind we left Seward and headed toward the Ninilchik and Homer areas in hopes of catching the big one on a Halibut charter.
We fell in love with the Ninilchik Deep Creek area and quickly booked a charter with Ninilchik Charters for our very own Halibut excursion. I caught my first fish ever and we ended up coming away with about 28 pounds of fresh halibut filets. Not bad for our first ever fishing charter but I have to hand it to the crew with Ninilchik Charters, they were awesome.
The Long Road Home
With winter was rapidly approaching we prepared to leave Alaska after 3 AMAZING months! We enjoyed a different route on the way back down and brought you guys along to view some of the scenery along the Cassiar highway.
We stopped in at Banff Alberta to visit with some friends and rode the gondolas to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of Banff.
And finally, we crossed back into the states at East Glacier Montana and just like that our unforgettable summer in Alaska had come to an end.
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