I just returned from a week long trip to Alaska, a place that lived up to pretty much every expectation I had. Two years back I set a goal to visit all of the lower 48 states before I turned 30. I achieved that goal when I visited Maine in December of 2013. Since then it was just Alaska and Hawaii remaining, and since there’s no time like the present, I decided it was off to the last frontier. I’ve never been a “picture” person, always balking at the thought of snapping a bunch of shots, instead preferring just to remember the moment as it happened.
When someone mentioned they wish I’d taken pictures so they could see them, I’d exclaim, “Well now you have a reason to go yourself.” Though with opportunities like the Barclay Arrival Community, as well as writing and posting on this blog, I realize the role that pictures play and the ability for images to improve the story and narrative I’m telling you, the reader.
Even though pictures don’t begin to do some of these places justice, over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a number of images as well as posts on some of the towns I visited, places I ate at, and adventures I went on. To begin, the trip originally came about because of Frontier airline miles I earned via a credit card. I then put them to work and aside from $20 in taxes, I grabbed two free roundtrip tickets between New York and Anchorage. So my brother and I were off to the 49th state, saving about $1,000 in the process.
My main locations on my Alaska trip were Anchorage, Barrow, Seward and Denali National Park. I’ve easily got a handful of blog posts for each location, so stay tuned for some helpful tips on traveling, ways to save money, and advice for where to go and where to avoid. In the mean time be sure to check out my previous posts on how I GOT to Alaska, virtually for free.