Well, apparently I’m going to have to fill you in on our Alaskan adventures in past tense, because as it turns out, we’re already home. We started out spending several nights a week in RV parks, which provided for adequate internet service, but by mid-June, we were starting to stay in more campgrounds, and by the time July rolled around our internet was coming solely from the mifi device my husband brought along for work. Needless to say, you’ll still get all the stories and pictures, but it just won’t happen in real time! To whet your appetite for what’s to come, I’ll give you a glimpse into the awesomeness that Alaska held for the Hulegan crew in July and August. But consider yourself warned…there will be a maximal amount of fishing involved!
The kids and I explored Anchorage while Corey was away on business, then we headed out to Portage Glacier and the Trail of Blue Ice.
Next up, we picked up Corey’s parents from the airport in Anchorage and headed out to the Kenai Peninsula. We rented a house in Soldotna for the 10 days that Grandma and Grandpa stayed, and ended up loving the area so much we stayed for a whole month!! We fished the Kenai River for Sockeye and King Salmon, fished the Pacific Ocean in Ninilchik, AK for halibut, fished in Homer for Sockeye….and did I mention that we fished? Yeah, we fished too!
When we could finally PRY ourselves away from Soldotna (and there may have been tears involved), we headed to Seward and camped right on the water, where we watched sea otters and Dall’s porpoise play. We took a Fjord’s cruise and saw the Aialik (say I-all-Ick) Glacier, whales and puffins, and tons of other sea life, which I’ll fill you all in on in another post!
Finally, we headed down to Valdez (Val-deez), where we fished some more. I know, you’re totally shocked and flabbergasted, right?! The kids had a blast fishing here, and I got the best workout of the trip, just netting their catch.
Then, much to my disbelief, the calendar said it was already August! Didn’t we just leave home last week? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we crossed the border into Alaska? How can it be that 3 months have passed so quickly? Maybe when the RV dealer sold us our camper it was actually a time machine and he just didn’t know it?? Whatever the case, since our school year was starting and Corey needed to be home for work soon, we begrudgingly decided to load up and head home. This was highlighted by an amazing few days with my big sister, Wombat, and her family in Washington. We picked blackberries and gabbed about Alaska, while our husband’s…fished! What a perfect way to end a perfect summer!