Sunday, June 27, 2010

Travelin' with the Folks

I am back!

My parents are still in Alaska but they are in Anchorage. I had to return to Fairbanks with my husband, who then left me alone to go to work.

I have had so much fun the last two weeks with my parents. I've put close to 2,000 miles on my car and saw more of Alaska in the last few days than in the whole year I've lived here. It was great to be a tourist.

We started in Anchorage. My parents came with us to do a session at the temple, a great way to start a vacation! We showed my parents a little bit of down town

That Friday we rode the train from Anchorage to Seward, it was a last minute thing that was free...yeah, I know this guy he hooked us up.(Picture of us speeding down the railway)
We spent some time in Seward it is a small town so there really is not much to see. We also did a little hike to Exit Glacier which was lots of fun.

Saturday we all stuffed ourselves into my little car and drove to Fairbanks. It was raining and foggy the whole way. We did make one stop in Talkeetna (the pictures our on my little point and shoot but I haven't loaded them). We toured around Fairbanks, went to Chena Hot Springs...which was soooo nice.

Then we left Jed behind to go to work and we went to Denali National Park!!!
Where we took a 12 hour drive into the is closed to public access, if you want to go into the park you have to ride a bus! (or win the lottery they do every year to allow 40 private vehicles in during September.)
Isn't that a great shot of the mountain?

We got some amazing pictures of Denali...we were in the 20-40% of tourists that actually get to see the top of the Mountain.
We also went to North Pole and visited Santa, we saw the pipeline, and made it to Valdez!

I love my hubby, Jed...we had so much fun with him having experience as a tour guide...made it very entertaining!
(I love this picture of my parents enjoying the lunch on our glacier tour...they were tons of fun)

But the best of all was...

The fishing!
Heath flew up to Alaska, just to go fishing with us! We also brought along our cousin Christine. We had the boat to ourselves!
It was really wet! It rained hard the whole time, which made us very grateful that we bought rain gear as they suggested. It was kind of stormy at one point we were going through swells 4-8 feet high.
My mom only puked twice...but she had fun, and reeled in a few of her own!
We caught our limit and had 244 lbs of fillets to take home. Divided by 6...that is still a lot of fillet!

Hope you all like fish, because chances our you may be getting a visit from one of us!
Oh anyone have any good Halibut recipes?


  1. I'm glad you had so much fun with your parents! Looks like it was a blast. And sorry, but no recipes here...I hate fish!!

  2. Your parents look like they had tons of fun! I bet it was awesome to have them come visit you. Did Heath really fly up for 1 day of fishing?! I saw all your pics on FB and they look great. So are you back to work now too?