Seward, Alaska.

Seward, Alaska is a bustling port town and the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Back in 1964, the Great Alaskan earthquake of magnitude 9.2 immediately sank the entire waterfront of the town. The town decided to not rebuild on the land that makes up the new waterfront.

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Hope, Alaska.

Let me tell you something. Hope, Alaska is as cute as it sounds. It’s located on the northern end of the Kenai Penninsula and sits just across the water from where Dan surfed the Turnagain Arm bore tide a couple days ago.

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Surfing the Bore Tide and Exploring the Portage Glacier.

Turnagain Arm is one of two branches of Cook Inlet just south of Anchorage and north of Kenai Peninsula. It is second only to Bay of Fundy in extreme tidal differences in North America at 40 ft. With the right conditions, the incoming tide creates a wave that rushes in from the open sea that surfers and kayakers can ride for miles.

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Turning 40 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Back in Montana, we joined the Moose Lodge and here in Anchorage, our new membership came quite handy. A pit stop in the middle of the city is what was in order to refill our Airstream and to gather friends around for Dan’s 40th birthday.

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Denali National Park and Reserve.

For the past week, we have been relaxing in Fairbanks, purposely not driving too far in order for us to catch our breath. Fairbanks is probably the least scenic city of our summer stay in Alaska, so we are itching to get out of the city and see some wilderness. Our next destination will be the famous Denali National Park.

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When the Road is Home.

We had the pleasure of being interviewed by When the Road is Home, a joint collaboration between Ben Schuyler and Daniel Volland. Head on over and listen to Dan describe the infamous sour toe shot and Luka talk about eating chips on an Alaskan glacier.

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A hike to Byron Glacier via Family Trails.

A couple of months ago we were asked by Family Trails to share some of our adventures with them. Family Trails is a project created by the National Center for Family Learning to encourage families to explore, learn and imagine wherever their curiosities take them. Naturally we are happy to contribute to the cause. For the next 3 months, we will be guest blogging at Family Trails. Our first post is up there now from one of our Alaskan adventures at Byron Glacier.

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(This post was sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning.)

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Driving the world famous Alaska Highway.

We woke up Sunday morning just a week after we traded in the van for our new truck and got ready to start our push through the Al-Can highway through Canada and into Alaska. In the last week, I have already driven more than a 1,300 miles and hopped on a plane to San Francisco and back to Edmonton. Between Jasper and the border of Alaska we are looking at roughly a 1,500 mile drive while expecting at least some of it to be rough and under construction. We would normally prefer to drive no more than 200 miles per day even when road conditions are good. That means it would take us more than a week to cover this distance if we drove every day. In anticipation of this journey and the lack of Internet connection along the route, I took the whole week off from work so we can try it push out more miles each day.

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Crossing into Canada and exploring Banff National Park.

Leaving Whitefish we were ready to take on the long drive ahead of us. We have been prepping for this for months and we are all antsy to get moving. The 60 miles from Whitefish to the border went quickly and we all got across the border checkpoint without any issues. Well, except the Costco frozen chicken that we had in the freezer. Apparently there is a bird flu outbreak and it is not welcome into Canada.

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