This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I put on a necklace that held a clear locket filled with tiny nuggets of gold. The specks of gold were actually discovered while panning for gold while visiting Fairbanks, Alaska a few years ago. The necklace makes me smile as do memories of our trips to Alaska.
I have traveled to Alaska many times but for this particular trip my husband and I spent 14 days exploring The Last Frontier. We spent the first 9 days traveling over 1200 miles while exploring Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and then into the Yukon to visit such places as Whitehorse and Dawson City. Our journey into Denali National Park was incredible with multiple sightings of moose, caribou and bears. We went whitewater rafting on the Nenana River in the evening as well and watched the sun’s shadow paint the canyon walls. It was the middle of the summer so the sun never really set.
We followed in the footsteps of the pioneers seeking gold and heard their stories, saw the landmarks and hiked some of the same trails they did. We visited such places as Chicken, Eagle and Tok in Alaska and then sailed up the Yukon River on a catamaran into Dawson City. Our adventurous land trip culminated in a train ride from Carcross through the White Pass into Skagway, Alaska where we stayed the night and met our cruise ship Holland America Zaandam which we would call our home for 4 more nights. Our trip ended in Vancouver and we were so sad to see it end.
I could go on and on about this incredible journey and will certainly write about it again. I hope to share such an adventure with my son someday as well.
So when I look at my necklace with the gold specks locket, again I have to smile. Ahhh..Alaska. I can’t wait to visit you again!
Have you traveled to a place that makes you smile?