Visit Alaska

“Alaska is wack!”  How would you know, if you’ve never been?  Exactly!  Now if you’ve visited and you still think AK is wack (which I HIGHLY doubt) then that’s a different story.  If you’re an outdoorsy person, then AK is right up your alley.  Great fishing, great seafood, beautiful scenery, and plenty of day light to soak it all in (if you go during the right months).  The seafood is so incredibly good that one day during our visit, I had salmon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Visiting the “final frontier” was a very powerful experience.

I had a little down time in Seward, AK while waiting on my crew to finish getting their massages.  My companions for this journey had run in the Mayor’s Half Marathon.  They were treating themselves to full body massages for completing the run.  While awaiting their return, I stopped by Ray’s Waterfront Seafood Restaurantfor an extra dirty martini (What?  You thought I was gonna say seafood?).  As I’m sitting at the bar, I’m finishing a conversation with a close friend of mine in who lives in Virginia.  As we say our good-byes, I let him know that I would give him a call when I got back into the states.  While hanging up the phone and I noticed there was a couple beside me that was looking in my direction and laughing.  I love a good laugh, so I join in on their conversation.  To make a long story short, they were laughing at me for telling my friend, “I’ll call you when I get back into the states.” Alaska is the states!  It’s so far away that it feels like you’re in another country. Well, I guess it could be considered another country if you’re standing on the edge of the Palin Estate (which we did drive though Wasilla on our way to Denali). Alaskans refer to our section of North America as the “Lower 48”.  It’s a completely different vibe.  It almost feels as though they live by a completely different set of rules.  I have yet to visit another state that resembles AK.

We were there for a total of 10 days.  We rented an RV and voyaged through the great outdoors.  During our travels, across the large (actually the largest) state, we visited Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali Park.  We saw mountainous landscapes that seemed painted across the sky.  The beauty didn’t stop at the mountains; we crossed paths with Puffin, Sea Lions, Reindeer, and a Grizzly Bear.

While in Talkeetna we ate at West Rib Pub & Grille.  We had the Seward’s Folly (see photo below) which consists of 4 1/2-pound double-stacked burger made withCaribou meat (in the form of two 1-lb. patties) and topped with American and Swiss cheese, 12 slices of bacon, a pound of ham, “FatAss Sauce” (made with mayonnaise, horseradish, bacon, and balsamic vinaigrette), caramelized onions, lettuce and tomatoes, and served inside toasted sourdough bread. The burger is held together with a small Alaskan flag and served with a pound of fries.  It took 3 of us to eat it all!  The burger and restaurant were featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food.

While in Seward we went on a Glacier tour (see photo below).  The trip was hosted by Kenai Fjords Tours.  The service was excellent, the price was great, and the meal was delicious.  We were fortunate enough to see a calving glacier while on our cruise.  An Alaskan cruise will give you a good view, but you’ve got to drive across this vast land to truly experience it.  2 Words:  Visit Alaska!

Don’t knock it, ‘til you rock it…

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