The last frontier: Alaska (2019)

My first trip to Anchorage, Alaska was when I was in college.  No, I was not on a fishing boat (I get sea sick)!  I had the great fortune of playing in the Alaska Baseball League during the summer of 1992 and 1993.  I played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  The league was (and still is) considered one of the top summer leagues and brought in top players from the top Division 1 schools from all over the the country.  Since there are no professional teams in Alaksa, we were treated like professionals.  Every game was a sell out, we were on TV and in the newspapers just about everyday.  The other fun part is that we stayed with local families so we really got a feel for what living in Alaksa was really like.  I had told myself that I would go back, and in the summer of 2019 I did just that.

When the kids were in middle school, we told them that for their high school graduation gift they could pick a place for us to go on vacation.  I had to stipulate that it had to be in the United States, no International trips for graduation!   For Marco’s selection, he picked Alaska.  I am not sure if I influenced him or not, but I am SO glad that he chose to take me back to Anchorage!

This was probably the most fun blog I have posted yet.  Looking back at the pictures and all the amazing things we did, was great.  I hope you enjoy the memories as much as I do!

My first trip to Alaska. Baseball card for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
Photo of a glacier in the background.
There were huge chunks of the glacier crashing into the water.
On the return trip, they made Margarita's with glacier ice. I guess too much for Marco?
Pictures don't capture the majesty.
Ever been hiking on a glacier? We have!
Gabs using all her muscle to scale the glacier.
I think the ice was making us silly!
Puppies from a breeder who raises dogs to run in the Iditarod race.
My favorite part of the trip was when the breeder attached eight dogs to the tractor so they could run! It was amazing!
Got antlers?
A little ATV riding in the wilderness. Gabs can put the hammer down!
This was the picture we framed from our trip. We even gave Marco a copy for when he moved into his dorm that Fall.

8 thoughts on “The last frontier: Alaska (2019)”

  1. Still got the framed picture in my room. What an unforgettable trip. Can’t believe you didn’t mention the one and only Mama Gina (our Alaskan mommy and tour guide/bus driver). Those glaciers margaritas must’ve hid hard lol.

  2. Great post of Alaska! We enjoyed meeting the family that hosted you for two summers.
    What great experience was for you!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I had the privilege of working in Glacier Bay National Park during a college summer – amazing experience in a beautiful part of the world. We’ve been back to Alaska twice since married, once on a camping trip before we had our daughter, and once on a cruise when our daughter was in high school. Magical place, indeed!

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