Alaska has always been on my bucket list of places to go — what better location for someone who loves being in the outdoors? But there was always somewhere a little closer, or a little less expensive to travel to. Or when time and budget weren’t major factors, then Alaska wasn’t that far away after all — we could get there some other time. Let’s go to New Zealand instead! Costa Rica! And so it went that we kept never quite making it to The Last Frontier.

Until last year, when Carol was in charge of deciding where we went. Thanks to her, we finally made it to this magnificent, jaw-dropping, grand, beautiful place. We spent a week in Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, and another week in Denali National Park, and pretty much spent those two weeks with our mouths agape.

This video is part postcard of our adventure, and part love letter to a state I can’t wait to spend more time exploring. For most of the places I’ve visited, my reaction has typically been “Wow, that was great — where shall we go next?” With Alaska, it was “Wow, that was great — when can we go back?” Indeed, Alaska is Calling.

Alaska Photography

And a few of my favorite photos from the trip:

Alpenglow on Primrose Ridge above Otto Lake, Healy, Alaska

Alpenglow on Primrose Ridge above Otto Lake, Healy, Alaska

Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), fall, Denali National Park, Alaska

Quaking aspen, fall, Denali National Park

Grayling Lake Trail, Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Grayling Lake Trail, Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula

Glacier stream running from the base of Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Glacier stream running from the base of Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

Mountain and forest in mist, Seward, Alaska

Mountain and forest in mist, Seward

Fall colors below mountains, Denali National Park, Alaska

Fall colors below mountains, Denali National Park

Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) in snowstorm, Denali National Park, Alaska

Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) in snowstorm, Denali National Park

Park road heading toward mountains and sotrm clouds, Denali National Park, Alaska

Park road heading toward mountains and storm clouds, Denali National Park

Fishing boat in a lone sunbeam on Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska

Fishing boat in a lone sunbeam on Resurrection Bay, Seward

An early morning hiker on the tundra contemplating The Alaska Range, Denali National Park, Alaska

Contemplating The Alaska Range in Denali National Park

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