Like those adventure seekers in years gone by, in August 2014 I departed Seattle, Washington for Alaska in search of its natural charms. Unlike many before more me, I was seeking the natural wonders above ground, not the gold that lays beneath!
I have always wanted to go to Alaska and in this case it was also US state number 50 for me. I seemed to have left the best for last – amazing scenery and wildlife abound (you just have to forget about the cost of getting to see these things. Just enjoy it as you soon realise it was all worth it)!
The weather was up and down (a lot of rain) but I saw some amazing sights from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula (mountains, glaciers, fjords, whales and much more), Denali National Park (wildlife and incredible scenery), Fairbanks and beyond. Alas I saw no Northern Lights (visible the night after I left!) but I did travel further north to cross the Arctic Circle and all in all had a great time in Alaska.
I will post much more on these adventures but I just wanted to let everyone know that yes, I finally made it to all 50 states (from 1998 to the start of 2013 I had been to 27 states, then in the past year I really accelerated that program)!
What’s next? Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories. I have already been to 5 of them, so I am nearly half way. Hmmm something to ponder…