If you’re in the U.S., you must have seen the recent news that President Obama had come to our state. He was here to attend the GLACIER Conference, see the effects of climate change first-hand and cross a trip off his bucket list.
While the President’s trip is very important and exciting, I have been distracted by even more important out-of-towners: my dad & stepmom, on their first ever Alaskan vacation.
And like it did for Barry (can I call you, Barry, Mr. Pres? Given that I’ve been to your house and now you’ve been to mine, I should think we’re this familiar), Alaska is delivering. I’m talking bluebird skies, whales, Denali, grizzly bears and even a little snow.
For their first weekend in town, it was down to Seward and Resurrection Bay. For the full “experience” of a vacation with Adam & Aimee, we camped Saturday night and hiked to the Harding Ice Field the next morning. Dad & Liz were toasty warm in the Mountain Hardwear Trango, while our REI tent nearly capsized in the wind over night.
Adam & I had to head back to work (yes, alas, jobs are calling), so D&L have been on their own for sightseeing. Their tour has included: a day in Anchorage at the Native Heritage Center, a visit to base for retired Army dad and a three day excursion up to Denali National Park, with pitstops on both ends in Talkeetna.
Showing the people you love the place you love is a real joy. To see Alaska again through fresh lenses, to share your favorite sights, smells, tastes and places renews their specialness. And when your family falls in love with it too, that’s just a cherry on top. Dad & Liz are already planning their next trip back – to venture into Denali’s backcountry, explore McCarthy and Kennicott, and maybe even run a marathon with me.