There’s just no better way to learn about a place than to go there and experience it firsthand. Our family just got to go to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska to visit some friends who live there. Would you like to go along? I was nothing short of astounded at all that we saw and did, so this week I’m going to do something a bit different. Instead of our normal Exploration Posts I thought I’d take you on a week long expedition of this unique and fascinating state. Before we head out though, read this exploration post on Alaska.
My husband, Bob, is an airline pilot. We travel. A lot. We not only go on vacations, but his profession has meant that we’ve lived in a lot of different places and experienced a lot of the mini-cultures that are within the U.S. I’ve always been really clear with him though….Honey, I will follow you anywhere your career takes us. I will be happy to live ANYWHERE….except Alaska that is. I hate the cold. It makes my bones hurt. The idea of Alaska just makes me shiver. Well, I changed my tune. Alaska took me by storm and blew me away.
When we landed in Anchorage I saw the 49 star flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol the day that Alaska became a state. Fascinating.
We then boarded a tiny plane that took us to Kenai, a city that is known around the world for its beauty, and more important– it’s fishing. When we stepped outside we just breathed. The air was so clean. So fresh. Can we bottle it and take it home? Here we are breathing some of it in…
We spent the next few days with the most gracious hosts there ever were. The Smith’s took us on day trips every day to see the beauty of the Kenai area. We went exploring the beach and went clamming, fished for salmon in the Kenai River, and went to see Exit Glacier. We saw the charm of this unique state and felt the influence of the Russian culture and early roots of its natives. Even when you’re not from there, a bit of you wishes you were just so you could claim a piece of its magnificence as your own. (And so you could go dip netting of course…but more about that tomorrow!) Alaska also pays it’s homeschooling residents a stipend to cover educational expenses and offers amazing educational programs for middle schoolers up to college grads through ANSEP (Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program) at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
I felt a tad disoriented the entire time we were there. Partly because I didn’t ever know what time it was (still light out at midnight!) and partly because there was so much forest land that even if you were right near a city or another street, you couldn’t see it through the trees. It felt private and intimate everywhere.
So come with me. Each day this week you can have a taste of Alaska. I just wish I could send some of the sparkling crisp air through the computer screen for you to breathe!