Wild Alaska

7.Sep.2011 by Patrick O'Brien

After a week of some pretty incredible skiing on Eagle Glacier Rosie and I loaded up her new car to head out on a road trip for several days. I wanted to experience Alaska. Real Alaska. This kind of Alaska. Although I didn’t have the former governor of the state as my guide, Rosie did a wonderful job showing me the sights and attractions that wild Alaska has to offer. The following are some pictures from our time in Anchorage and the Kenai peninsula.

View from Flattop out over Anchorage

View from Flattop out over Anchorage

Flattop

Flattop

Looking for cheap entertainment? Try hitting up Anchorage's sand dunes

Looking for cheap entertainment? Try hitting up Anchorage's sand dunes

Or the Air history museum. Lots of historical planes on exhibit

Or the Air history museum. Lots of historical bush-planes and helicopters on exhibit

Good thing I didn't try to fly this guy to the glacier...

Good thing I didn't try to fly this guy to the glacier...

Hiking up alongside the Exit Glacier

Hiking up alongside the Exit Glacier near Seward

View looing out at the 500 square mile Harding Ice Field

View looking out at the 500 square mile Harding Ice Field-white as far as the eye can see

Lots of animals on the trail

Animals everywhere

This guy gave Rosie and I a scare when we were running down. He was far to satiated on berries to be scared off by our calls of "Hey bear" so we just waited for him to lumber off and take a nap

This guy gave Rosie and I quite a scare when we were found him around a corner of the trail when running down from Exit Glacier but he was too busy getting fat for the coming winter on berries to care about our presence

Camping in the shadow of Mt Marathon. Wanna run up and down this as fast as possible? Give it a try next 4th of July (if you get registered that is)!

Camping in the shadow of Mt Marathon. Wanna run up and down this as fast as possible? Give it a try next 4th of July (if you can get a bib that is!)

Checking out some of the sea stars at the Aquarium in Seward

Checking out some of the sea stars at the Aquarium in Seward

Sign for the Climate Change poster- sponsered by BP of course!

Sign for the Climate Change exhibit- sponsored by BP of course!

Great trails around the area

Great trails around Seward

But some of the bridges need a little bit of repair...

But some of the bridges need a little bit of repair... watch that first step!

Lots of Silver Salmon

Lots of Silver Salmon

returning to spawn near Seward

returning to spawn near Seward

I coudn't figure out why the sea life center was so packed until I saw this monster in port on the way out of town. End of the cruise line for a bunch of fanny-pack clad American tourists

I couldn't figure out why the sea life center was so packed until we saw the cruise ship that had made port on our way out of town. End of the cruise line for a bunch of fanny-pack clad American tourists

Trying to get the off-shore rescue suit on in under 30 second. I failed miserably

Trying to get the off-shore rescue suit on in under 30 second. I failed miserably

My favorite house from the whole trip- a converted fishing trawler sitting high and dry on the "Homer Spit"

My favorite house from the whole trip- a converted fishing trawler sitting high and dry on the "Homer Spit"

And of couse, too many Moose to count!

And of course, too many Moose to count! These guys were in the driveway right when we got back into Anchorage.