Saturday, May 1, 2010

Plans, plans, plans!

I've been very preoccupied with our trip to Alaska this week. I've been reading guides and maps, online forums, and asking lots of questions about where we should go and what we should see. I've planned big trips before. In 1996, we went to Colorado for a family reunion and then stayed an extra week or 2 and tent camped around the state. In 1997, we drove our pop-up trailer on a long vacation to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. I know these places can get very busy and you must make reservations early. We've heard that tourism is down in Alaska due to the economy, so I haven't been in a rush.

The biggest problem I am having is deciding where to go and what to do. We've decided to only make reservations on weekends and be a little more flexible on weekdays. We spent a day trying to decide if we were going to drive up the Dalton Hwy (post the Arctic Circle) or not. We decided to just go up part way. We are going to let each kid pick a special activity on the trip. That might be something that the whole family does or maybe just the kid and one parent. Our middle child is interested in checking out gold mining and mineral hunting. The teen wants to fly over Mt. McKinley. Not sure what the little one wants to do...probably buy some souvenirs. We are going to go on a day cruise to see whales, sealife, and glaciers. We want to watch people fish for salmon and dig for clams on Kenai Peninsula. And we will be on the LQQK out for wildlife. I've always been good at spotting them and we will have an advantage with sitting up high above the road in our RV. I am confident that we will see bear & moose. I am hoping we see some Musk Ox!

I am so thankful to have the internet to get so much information from. We do have some local friends who have RV/camped in AK a few times. We've gotten books and suggestions from them, but a lot of info has come from online RV forums. Today I got some very specific info about hiking trails (that aren't too difficult) that will lead us to glaciers and some other cool spots. While we do enjoy some popular things like visiting national park, we also like getting off the beaten path. I am sure there will be few nights of boondocking (just pulling the RV over and dropping the jacks) in a remote area. We better make sure to keep our camp area CLEAN!

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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5 comments :

  1. Judith Siess (Bremseth)May 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    did you ever look at our photos of our trip to Alaska? you can find them at http://picasaweb.google.com/jsiess1/TwoWeeksInAlaskaOnLandAndSea#

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  2. I sooo cannot wait to see all the photos.. you are going to have sooo much fun..
    hugs..

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  3. I've never been to Alaska but I've heard that it is beautiful. Enjoy your trip!

    Thanks for stopping by the Healthy Moms!

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  4. Never got back to FB to talk about my trip... I went for work to Anchorage in 2000, but did a couple days of sight seeing. I chartered a plane and did a scenic tour of the glaciers in Prince William Sound and generally around the Anchorage area. Also did a whale watching trip out of Seward. Loved that as well. Alaska is amazing. I wanted to move there!

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  5. Holy inspired! wow, im jealous have a great venture!

    im a new follower!

    jenn from peacelovemommy.com

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