Alaska trip 5 – Fairbanks

We spent our last day in Alaska at Fairbanks. We were supposed to catch the flight at 1 AM or so from Fairbanks. So we decided to explore places in and around Fairbanks.

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Alaska trip 4 – Coldfoot

Next day, we had breakfast at the hotel cafe and did some souvenir shopping at the hotel shop. After that, we headed towards a viewpoint that we saw on the previous day while coming. You can see Nenana river flowing from there.  The river has carved out a small canyon. We took some photos and started driving towards Fairbanks. We reached Fairbanks and checked into the hotel. We had booked a 12-13 hours tour that would take us to Coldfoot and back. The shuttle was already waiting for us and we had no time to have lunch. Shuttle took us to the tour office where we ordered lunch and dinner for the day. Lunch would be served at Coldfoot and dinner at Yukon river camp. We were supposed to take a one-way flight to Coldfoot and then come back in a van from Coldfoot.
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Alaska trip 3 – Denali

Day 3. We got up early and headed towards Denali National Park. It was a long drive of about 4 hours. Unfortunately, it started raining and it kept raining as we drove towards Denali. We could hardly see the road so had to drive slowly. Fog had everything covered so we missed the scenic drive completely. We could not see Mt.McKinley when the viewpoint came because of the fog and the heavy rains. We were disappointed that the whole trip to Denali would be wasted. I was wondering how we were going to spot animals in this thick fog and heavy rain. We could not even see trees, let alone spot wildlife. We reached Denali National Park and the rain had not stopped.

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Alaska trip 2 – Seward

Next day, we woke up early and went down for breakfast. Breakfast started at 5:30 AM at our hotel, which was a good thing. We ordered Alaskan sourdough pancakes. I had done some research beforehand that sourdough pancakes are a specialty of Alaska. I did not like them that much, but husband liked them. He even had them next day morning for breakfast. I found them very sour and not that great with maple syrup which was sweet. While at the breakfast, we saw only older people. We did not see a single young person in the hotel. Later on, we realized that most of them had come through some or the other cruise. So that made us wonder if only older people took cruises?!

Anyway, we had our car valet parked and once we got the car, we headed towards Seward. We were warned that it would rain and even the weather prediction showed rain. I was already disappointed. But thankfully, it did not rain at all. Lucky for us! 🙂

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Alaska trip 1 – Anchorage

Posts on Alaska were pending. Alaska was one of the places that I badly wanted to visit. We wanted to visit Alaska in March this year but since the ticket prices were sky high and most of the lodges were full, we decided to postpone the trip to later part of the year. In US, I have seen most of the famous places/parks but let me tell you this. Alaska is probably the most beautiful state in US. I found it more scenic compared to Hawaii. Imagine this coming from a person who went gaga over Hawaii.

Coming to the trip, I am going to write a series of posts on Alaska. To begin with, we took a flight to Anchorage. Lot of people have asked me why we chose not to take a cruise. We wanted to explore Alaska on land this time. And we did not have 10 days of vacation available. We got to drive on those scenic roads, enjoy the majestic mountains and tundra because we chose to drive.  I did some elaborate planning for this trip and this was probably the most difficult trip to plan so far.

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Into the Wild – Review

So yes I am back to blogging after what was like 3 months?! I am trying to get back to reading books and watching movies. And soon will start blogging regularly and hope to read blogs soon too..

Oh and my blog completed 6 years! 😀

I recently read this book “Into the Wild”  and then watched the movie by the same name and was totally blown away by it. It was a great book and a great movie – a nonfiction but more interesting than many fiction I have read.

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