…to Alaska

Posts include days 50-76 in reverse chronological order. Click to read each short story.

Day 76: You Had Me At Coffee

The hostel owner took me to see her friend who was packing up to move to Fairbanks. She had found love after the death of her husband. Her story was fascinating.

Day 75: Hiking on a Glacier

After camping in a small, isolated cabin the night before, I drove a mile and started hiking on the glacier. It’s the world’s most drivable glacier.

Day 74: Alaskan Adventure!

I saw a sign on the side of the road that read “Glacier” with an arrow pointing down a gravel road. Intrigued, I drove down the windy road. I ended up camping in a tiny shack next to a glacier.

Day 73: Misophonia, Glaciers, and a Familiar Face

I went on a glacier tour in Anchorage, Alaska. We made a stop at a wildlife sanctuary too. At the end of the day, I had a chance to meet up with a friend.

Days 68-72: Weddings Galore!

I attended two weddings within two days in Denver, Colorado. Each one was beautiful and glamorous at two different venues.

Day 67: Mystery Man

My seatmate on a flight from Seattle to Denver was my dream man. We talked the entire three hours, talking about personal things. Then we walked together towards baggage.

Day 66: Bike Tour and Alaska State Fair

Anchorage offers great bike tours around the nearby park. In the summer, they have a huge state fair just outside the city. I saw lots of giant vegetables!

Days 64-65: Hiking Flattop Mountain in Anchorage

Hiking in Anchorage turned out to be pretty crazy, with fog and steep inclines. Thankfully, I met some military guys who helped me to the top.

Day 63: Brewery Tour and Tinder

I had a blast drinking beer on a brewery tour and learning about the history Alaska has with alcohol. I also met a guy from Tinder. The good thing about meeting different guys is that it helps me determine what I want and what I don’t want in a relationship.

Day 62: Sadness in Anchorage

I was feeling incredibly lonely. Not just lonely, but completely alone. It’s the feeling that I am not “number one” to anybody. I tried to talk with my parents about it, but they didn’t seem to get it.

Day 61: Alyeska Resort

I took a gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoyed dinner at the AAA, Four-Diamond award-winning restaurant. There is also a famous drink there. It’s called the Fizz and they limit how many drinks people can have because of its high alcohol content. The bartender explained that there is only one bartender who makes it, it’s a secret receipt, and he only makes it in the winter.

Days 59-60: Homer, Alaska

I spent a couple of days in Homer, Alaska, at an Airbnb. I walked along the spit, went to the salty dog café, and had wonderful conversation with my hosts. I stayed up until 2:00 am talking with Jerry on the porch.

Days 57-58: Denali National Park

I hiked for six miles in Denali National Park. The views were incredible! It got extremely windy and cold at the top, though.

Day 56: Friends in Fairbanks

Traveling solo can be lonely at times. On this day, I met Zack and Lily and they kept me company for dinner and hanging out in a hot spring. Before the hot springs, I went for a hike in a beautiful landscape.

Days 54-55: Locals in Fairbanks

I went on a river cruise and dug for gold using a pan. I also had the chance to meet several locals in Fairbanks and learn about their life there.

Days 52-53: Unexpected Feelings at the North Pole

At the North Pole, I watched children with their families take pictures with Santa. I felt sad that I didn’t have children. It was a strange and unexpected feeling.

Day 51: Female Role Models

Jack and Florence were both early Alaskan pioneers and I respected their adventurous spirit. It made me think about how so many people do extreme things today, like climb Mount Everest. I think we’re built with a desire to explore and experience harsh conditions, but our lives are so easy now. It often leaves people feeling unsatisfied.

Day 50: Alaska Arrival!

I saw a bear and a moose on the side of the road. Then just before the border, there are signs showing the line between Alaska and Canada. I pulled over and looked into the forest.

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