This is Alaska

We absolutely LOVED Alaska. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. We met some amazing people and experienced as much of the state as we could during our time there. Below are some of the highlights…

We looked on the map and saw that it was a longer drive to Anchorage, Alaska than it would be to Nicaragua. We decided to park the RV for a week and take to the skies for our trip to state number 30. The kids did AMAZING!

We had a great meal at the Anchorage institution, International House of Hotdogs. Even better than the great dogs was the amazing hospitality shown by Luis, an entrepreneur who started this business 7 years ago. His inspiration comes from his home town of Sonora, Mexico, an area well known for their unique style of hot dogs. Did you know that 43 percent of the 2017 Fortune 500 companies were founded or co-founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant?

We rented some bikes and took a trip along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a must for any visit to Anchorage. On this ride, we saw a baby and mother moose, a family of Orca wales, and airplanes landing overhead.

The next day, we took one of the most spectacular dives along the Turnagain Arm, just south of Anchorage. We stopped at Beluga Point and were amazed to see a dozen beluga whales swimming by. We stopped at Alyeska Resort and took the tram to the top of the mountain for lunch. The views were blocked by clouds most of our time there, but it was a great experience. Finally, we stopped by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Here we got to see bears, caribou and my favorite, the moose.

The next day, we had the chance to learn about the history of Anchorage and efforts being done today to improve health outcomes for Alaskans with Shannon who works for the Anchorage Health Department. We learned about the state’s reliance on the Anchorage port to provide food to many Alaskans. We were surprised to learn that Alaska doesn’t produce a large amount of its food, despite the Alaska Natives living on the land for over 1,000 years completely self-sustained.

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