Road Trippin Alaska


I recently went to Alaska to do research for a new series I am developing. It was a quick trip but we managed to pack quite a bit of sightseeing into one short week.

Day 1 – drive from Lake Tahoe to Reno and then fly from Reno to Anchorage. We spent the night at the Alyeska resort in Girdwood Alaska. The Alyeska resort is a ski resort in the winter, and while it did snow on the mountain during our stay, it didn’t snow nearly enough to open the slopes.  We did however manage to see our first moose of the trip on the side of the road in Girdwood which was all kinds of fun.

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Day 2 – On our first full day in Alaska we decided to make the 250 mile roundtrip journey to Seward. Seward is located on the Gulf of Alaska and is known for its fishing. It is a small town with good food and a wonderful view. While we were in Seward we stopped off at Kenai Fjords National Park, which is really best enjoyed during the summer, but we did manage to get a photo of the sign. My husband Ken and I are trying to get photos of the signs of all of the national parks. So far we have 45 parks out of 52. After this trip we still need one in Florida: Dry Tortugas, five in Alaska: Lake Clark, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kobuk Valley, and the one in the Virgin Islands.

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Day 3 – we drove from Anchorage to Valdez, about 300 miles over the Glenn Highway to the Richardson Highway. We saw a lot of really beautiful country along the way although it rained for the entire trip.

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Day 4: We hung out in Valdez which is the approximate location where I imagine my fictional town of Moosehead Alaska to be located. The town in nestled on the gulf but it is also surrounded by tall majestic mountains. In a word it is breathtaking. The food was excellent, the locals friendly and very helpful in answering my questions, and best off all, there are hundreds of bunnies running around everywhere. The story is that about 20 years ago one of the locals got each of their four children a bunny for Easter. The rabbits didn’t work out as pets so they let them go. Of course they did what bunnies do best – multiply, and now they are everywhere.

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Day 5: We drove from Valdez to Fairbanks via the Richardson Highway. We managed to not only see a mama and baby moose, but we came across two different groups of Caribou on the side of the road. I got a photo of the moose but not the caribou. The little buggers were too quick and headed for the trees before I could get my camera out. This trip is about 365 miles a very, very, beautiful.

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We also visited the town of North Pole Alaska on day 5. It is Christmas everyday in North Pole. I’m not sure I’d want to have Christmas every day but it was an adorable town. I especially liked the red and white stripped candy cane lampposts.

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Another highlight of day 5 was that I got a chance to see the northern lights. I tried to take a photo but it just came out dark. It was an awesome experience that I would never have had if one of my awesome fans who lives in the area didn’t message me to go outside and look up. Thank you Amy.

Day 6: We made the 358 mile journey from Fairbanks to Anchorage. By the time we arrived in Anchorage we had driven over a twelve hundred miles and seen some of the most beautiful country anywhere. It was truly an awesome trip and I can’t wait to have time to get a start on my Alaska series. It was rainy and foggy for the first part of the trip on day 6 but the sun did come out in time for us to have a cold one outdoors at the Denali Brewing Company  in Talkeetna.

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Day 7: We flew to Reno and then drove home to Tahoe where a very happy Echo was at the door to greet me. Next up for us is a trip back to the San Juan Islands in November to do some follow up research for the Whales and Tails series. I will of course post photos along the way.

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108 thoughts on “Road Trippin Alaska

  1. Guillianne kolb says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing trip with us…my husband and I are heading to the great smoky mountains in Nov..I love it at the beach has it perks but there’s nothing like the beautiful mountains..

  2. Catherine Bogert says:

    What a wonderful trip it must have been! It’s on my bucket list of things I would love to do. Can’t wait to hear about the new series📖

  3. Joyce C Moser says:

    It looks like your trip to Alaska was awesome, fun, and gorgeous! I would love to visit there one day myself. I’m looking forward to your new series, of course!

  4. smm3toledo says:

    My dream vacation. The pictures are wonderful and can’t wait for the new series. Thank-You so much for sharing your wonderful trip.

  5. Peggy Hyndman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your photographs and all the wonderful things you were able to do and see on your trip. It sounds/looks like your trip to Alaska was awesome!! I’ve been to Alaska several times on business trips and was able to do a little sightseeing while there … I’d love to visit there again one day would love to visit there one day myself. I’m looking forward to your new series!

  6. Mari Krampach says:

    Enjoyed your musings very much this week. Alaska sounds and looks so beautiful, I love the North Pole would be so much fun at Christmas. But my one question that you didn’t address was the temperature?

  7. sallycootie says:

    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures. My husband and I were taking a military hop one year from Travis AFB to Osan, Korea and Alaska was a stopover. There was a delay getting out the next day so we rented a car and drove around for the day. Beautiful.

  8. Della Williamson says:

    You posted some really beautiful pics. Glad you had a great time. My folks went up for fishing almost every year after they retired. They loved it there. Got a kick out of the rabbit story. That is pretty typical. Each area has it’s own beauty. Just like the seasons have their own beauties. Thanks for the chance at another book. Always appreciated

  9. JoAn V. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures from your trip to Alaska. It looked like it was a wonderful trip for you and your husband.

  10. The pictures were breathtaking. I would love to have been your research assistant(:)) on your trip. Through the pictures we will be able to picture what you are talking about in your new series. Thanks for the stay at home vacation! 🙂

  11. Ruth Nixon says:

    The blog was wonderful. It was different than any I’d seen before. Can hardly wait for your November trip to the San Juan Islands as Whales and Tails has become my favorite series. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures of Alaska. You took me back home again. My husband and I lived In Alaska for 4 years shortly after we were married (military) and Alaska became our home. There is no place in the world like Alaska.

  13. I’m so happy you got to see so much. You now know that AK is a big state to travel and the ‘road system’ is somewhat limited 😉 That’s why we Alaskans use small planes as the lower 48 people use taxis: it’s the only way to get there!
    I’m sorry you didn’t see any mountain goats down Girdwood way….prime viewing locale. Did you see any belugas? They were running then, too, with the Girdwood area north great viewing spots.

  14. Doward Wilson says:

    Really enjoyed all the photos that you posted along the way. Your Friday posts are always informative and fun. I really look forward to them every week. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Mary Jane Hopper says:

    I thought the pictures you posted on your trip were great. I’ve never been to Alaska so it was awesome to see them. Thank you for taking us along.

  16. Jade says:

    Thanks for being so generous in sharing your trips with us. I love all the pictures, especially the mama and baby moose 🙂 looks like the trip was a wonderful one!

  17. Cathy Harcourt-Carson says:

    It sounds like you did an awful lot of driving. Love the pictures & your vivid descriptions; I almost felt as if I was there too. The Aurora borealis must have been amazing that far north.

  18. servedogmom says:

    I’m so glad you shared the beautiful photo and descriptions. Visiting Alaska is on my bucket list, but, for now, I can live vicariously through your journal (and the new series when it is published). Many years ago, while attending a work related conference in Canada, we saw Caribou in the wild. They were a beautiful sight to behold. Welcome home. Looking forward to your mystery party on FB.

  19. Kay Monk says:

    It sounds like you had a great vacation. Thanks for sharing the memories with us! I look forward to reading the new series.

  20. Sue Ann Bruse says:

    After seeing all of your beautiful pictures; can’t wait for the new series. I love Whales and Tails. Thanks for taking us all on your trip!

  21. Kathleen Costa says:

    I have greatly enjoyed your vacation highlights. I have a former colleague who shared her recent trip to Alaska and distant relatives living in Ankorage, but never thought of it as a great “Bucket List” destination…especially North Pole, Alaska, the Northern Light, and all things halibut! In my travels I’ve always been fascinated with native cultures and Alaska would be a super place to explore those cultures. Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. mtrver says:

    Sorry the weather was rather damp on your trip, but I’m glad you had such a wonderful time in Alaska and i can’t wait for more Alaska mysteries!!

  23. Michele Gray says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your Alaskan adventure with us. The pictures were so breathtaking. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  24. Debbie Hiemstra says:

    Thank you for sharing. We wanted to go but never had the chance so it was nice to see it through you. It is gorgeous and Tim would have loved North Pole because he LOVED Christmas. Thanks again

  25. Elaine Robinson says:

    Beautiful pics of the majestic scenery in Alaska. I am laughing at all those bunnies you saw, not an animal that one would expect to see on a trip to Alaska. I have bunnies in my yard here on Cape Cod, but usually only see one or two at a time. I have been on a moose safari in New Hampshire and it is a thrill to see moose, love the pic of the mama and calf. Scenes like those make a trip special. I am looking forward to your Alaskan series.

  26. Myra Ball says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Alaska. It’s such an interesting place. We took my kids to North Alaska before and they loved it. I take that if a series is set in Moosehead then it’s a spin-off from the Zoe series. I just loved the characters in the book where Zoe and Zak visit Moosehead. Very likeable and I would love to read he series set around those characters. Your just going to have to learn to write faster because after I finish a book, I want to find out what happens in the next. Lol. Love your books

  27. The pictures are beautiful! What a way to do research for your books. That was a lot of driving. It’s my favorite way to travel. It takes longer but you see more. I can’t wait to see what you dream up for the new Alaskan series.

  28. Stacy smith says:

    Thanks for the great pictures. It sounds like you’re having a great time, enjoying some well deserved r&r. Can’t wait to read the new series!

  29. Jeannie D. says:

    Beautiful, we have a friend that lives at North Pole. One of the things on my bucket list is to see the northern lights.

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