Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

During our stay in McCarthy, we ventured into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park twice, once to explore the town of Kennecott and once to walk on Root Glacier. In order to get to the town of Kennecott, we took a van crammed full of people up a 5 mile dirt road. Luka thought it was a good idea to point and scream “long day, suckas!” to everyone on board. That’s his way of saying “see you later, suckers!”. Which, btw, I have NO IDEA how he learned that phrase. I’m sure he wouldn’t have repeated it a million times if it wasn’t for all the giggles.

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The road to McCarthy, Alaska.

After exiting the tunnel in Whittier, we drove past Bird Point on our way to Anchorage to check out the bore tide. Dan got to surf the bore tide at the start of our tour through the Kenai Peninsula a month ago and he was hoping to the same again today.

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Whittier, Alaska.

After our stop in Hope, we passed through the Portage area once again in order to get to Whittier. In order to get to the tiny town of Whittier by land, you have to drive 2.5 miles through the longest tunnel in North America. It is a one-way tunnel shared by both directions of traffic and a train.

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Hope, Alaska… Once again.

On our way back north from Homer, we had to stop in the teeny town of Hope for one last visit. Our last stay a few weeks ago was way too short for our liking. This time we lucked out with the prime spot for the week.

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Homer, Alaska.

Every city we visit on the Kenai Peninsula becomes our favorite and Homer is no different. We ended up at the Elks Lodge for a night before we headed down to the Homer Spit.

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Captain Cook State Recreation Area, Alaska.

Last night we spent the night at a Walmart, tired from trying to decide where to go. In the morning, with fresh coffee in hand, expensive (Walmart) groceries in the Airstream and even more overpriced cheap beer in the shower, we headed to campground that was one way in and one way out, Discovery Campground at Captain Cook State Recreation Area. We were trying to give our buddies Kerri and Tim some space but you know what? For a huge state, Alaska is one small place. Haha. Hello again, neighbors!!

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Cooper Landing, Alaska.

On our way out of Seward, the sun decided to finally say hello, making our stop at Cooper Landing a more pleasant one. Our littlest, Luka, immediately grabbed a “fishing pole” and got down to business. Come and get it, salmon!

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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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