Two weeks ago I flew to Alaska to visit my boyfriend stationed in Fairbanks. It was an incredible trip, filled with so many adventures and memories that will last a lifetime. September was the perfect time to visit. All the leaves had just changed colors, the days were mid 50’s, and the landscape was breathtaking (though I’m told it’s like that all year long). It was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Everything was so vast and endless. In certain sports it felt like staring out at the ocean. You know how when you stare at an ocean, it looks like a never ending horizon? Alaska is just like that only instead of water, it’s trees, mountains, and sky as far as the eye can see.
A couple tips if you ever find yourself up for a visit:
The flights are long. Take sleep aids of some sort. I’m still recovering from Ear Barotrauma (i.e. Airplane Ear) from my 6 hour flight
Hiking shoes are a must! You will want to get out and see everything. The terrain is as rugged as the stories say.
Go with a unexpired license. Alaskans do not know what “papers” are when you have an expired license. The “papers” that enable me to get alcohol in Minnesota while waiting for my new ID to come didn’t work as well up there…
Try the Alaskan King Crab and savor every bite.
Monderosa, the little bar and grill between Fairbanks and Denali is worth the stop
Flap your arms and back away slowly when you see a Bear. No, we didn’t see a Bear. But that’s what the Denali National Park advises and I’m going to take that over ever other piece of advice I’ve been told.