Alaska Trip – Land Tour

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday May 29, 2013 Under Claire, Cobey, Good Eats/Not So Good Eats, Kid's Corner, Travel

 

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We went on a five night land tour after the cruise. Every one on our bus was part of the homeschool group except for a group of four people. I am really glad that we did the land part and encourage anyone doing the cruise add land. This was our first group bus trip. We liked when luggage magically appeared in our room and we liked not having the stress of finding places. Claire loved having the Johnson girls to hang out with and of coarse Stormy or was is Smokey. We did not like having to be on someone else time schedule. It is a definite trade off. Overall, I am glad we made the choice to do the land tour so we could hang out with cool people.

Day One- Seward to Alyeska

We first went to the SeaLife Center. Claire liked the huge Harbor Seal and the touch tank. It was good but I think it would have been better with a special tour or encounter. We have been to much better aquariums. We then went on a Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise was fabalous. We saw  orcas, sea otters, harbor seals, birds,  humpback whales, porpoises and dahl sheep. It was truly mazing and a highlight of the trip. We also had lunch on Fox Island where kids tried to skip rocks. The lunch was okay but nothing special. We then boarded a glass-domed train to Alyeska. The scenery was beautiful and I really enjoyed this part of the trip. The kids did not seem to appreciate the train ride.

 

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Day Two- Anchorage

On our way to Anchorage we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  They had bears, eagles, moose, caribou, buffalo. It is a great what they are doing to help the animals. But it was not as nice as seeing them in the wild and reminded me of other backyards zoos. Claire really like the hurt bear and wanted to buy something in the shop to help him. In Anchorage we meet up with my friend Molly. I got to see her new baby and we just walked around the city. It was great to be able to spend sometime with her. We then spent some time in the Anchorage Museum. The kids liked the hands-on Imaginarium. Claire loved making a video.

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Day Three and Four Denali

On the way to Denali, we got to stop for a great view of Mt McKinley. We had a clear day and a great view. When we got to the park we has a guided tour. Our tour guide was very informative and told lots of fun facts about the plant and wildlife. While at the National Park we checked out a back bag of activities. It was very well put together and the kids got to do lots of cool activities. They loved making molds of tracks. They tested quality of water, made prediction and more. The next day was a free day. We booked a combination tour of a flightseeing with glacier landing and a  ATV. Both ended up being one of the favorites things of the trip.  The scenery of the flight was absolutely beautiful and surreal. The ATV riding was just fun. We ended the day having the best meal of the trip at the Salomon Bake. They had great service and great food. It was one of the best days of our trip.

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Day Five- Fairbanks

The last day was spent in Fairbanks which was my least favorite town. At this point I was ready to be home. We went to the El Dorado Gold Mine were we learned about gold mining and about the Alaskan pipeline. It was really neat that Claire made a necklace out of the gold she found.

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