Snapshots – Alaska

It’s been a really long time since we’ve posted on here – mostly because we’ve been living out of cars and/ or travelling with family.  We’re now at the end of a lovely three weeks back in the UK, catching up with friends and seeing how much our little niece and nephew have grown.

Before we set off on our next few months of adventure (next stop, Nepal!) we wanted to share some photos from one of our favourite places so far – Alaska.

I don’t really know what we expected to find here – but nothing could have prepared us for the extraordinary beauty and sheer wildness of this state.  We tried out so many things for the first time: wild camping, camp fires on the beach, hiking in bear country.  Out of everywhere we have visited in the Americas, Alaska is top of my list for a return journey.

Here are some of our favourite snaps from our month there.

Denali

One of the most famous national parks in the USA, Denali National Park is home to bears, wolves, and North America’s highest mountain, Mount Denali itself.  The perfect place for our first foray into back country camping!

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North of Fairbanks

Venturing North of Fairbanks took us to some of Alaska’s more rugged landscapes, and was also where we had our first moose sighting!  Wild blueberries, isolated camping spots and gorgeous autumn colours made this my favourite part of Alaska.

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McCarthy Road

One of Alaska’s more famous roads, this route took us along a rough gravel track to an old mining town.  It was pretty bumpy, but the views made it worth it.

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Lost Lake Trail

Reaching the Lost Lake was a full day job, but even in the rain the trail was beautiful.  My favourite few miles wound through pristine woodland, and even past a bear track or two…

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Quartz Lake

Just outside Delta Junction, a cheeky little squirrel was the highlight of this short hike!

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Homer

Not much beats a campfire on the beach, especially when you have a bottle of whisky on the go.

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Kenai Peninsula

To finish – a few random shots from our drives around the Kenai Peninsula.  We hope some of these inspire you to visit Alaska sometime soon!

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