June 16-25, 2018
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Spend the long days of summer exploring Alaska!
Alaska has long been on my bucket list, but somehow I have never gotten around to it. Like many, I have held the (mistaken) notion that to truly experience Alaska’s wilderness, one must strap on a backpack and trek into the deep wilderness, sleep in a tent, cook on a camp stove, forego hot showers, and well, watch out for bears! Of course nothing could be further from the truth! (Well, the bear part is true, but we will take ALL known precautions, including sharing a video with you about safely viewing wildlife in Alaska!)
So finally, I have teamed up with a wilderness specialist to offer you the chance to visit some of the high points of Alaska, with only a day pack on your back! Our hikes will be in the moderate range, up to 6 miles in length, leading us through forests and meadows, often to grand views of the state’s impressive and legendary peaks. Our trip starts in Anchorage and its nearby state park, which features the Cugach Mountains. We will hike in Denali National Park and take a cruise out of Seward Port to see the glaciers and teaming marine wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park. We will stop in Talkeetna, a tiny, funky hamlet straight out of your mental picture of life in small-town Alaska, 115 miles north of Anchorage. Talkeetna is the staging area for over 1,000 climbers each year who attempt to climb Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley). We have left room in our schedule for optional activities like flight-seeing tours of Mt. Denali with a glacier landing, jet boat rides to see class V rapids, museums, a visit to a dog-sled camp, a wildlife safari, walk like a local, or just lay back and enjoy the surrounding beauty. You see why we call it a Wild Alaska Sampler! Click here to inquire about details, pricing, and submitting an application. This is a small group trip and it is already filling fast!