I’ve often told people that one of my hobbies involves planning trips I won’t necessarily take. (I probably won’t be taking the trans-Siberian imminently, but I know the full details on how to do it and where to stop!) Eventually I will come across someplace so amazing and so spectacular that, well, I have to go. In a world of incredible places to visit with things to do and see, it’s best to follow the dreams that keep with you.
Anyway, Alaska started like this sometime last year- I was checking out Wikivoyage with the vague idea that it might be nice to visit some new part of the US in my summer that I hadn’t been before (so it feels like going home, while seeing something new), and it should have wilderness because the Netherlands lacks this, and and have an adventure… and, well, if you are an American looking for mountains and wilderness and a grand adventure it turns out we have this place twice the size of Texas apparently devoted to that. And apparently if the bears don’t eat you it’s quite fantastic! So the idea for the Alaska trip was born.
And man oh man, it’s hard to believe, but I’m on the plane in a few hours to start the journey! First going to Vancouver, which is not in Alaska but a rather nice stop along the way (and the only place I have been before on this trip, when I was 11 or so). I’ll be in Alaska proper by the weekend, heading on the route you see above… where I realize the names of the places themselves are not shown, but includes many a cute town and national park.
With that, not much to say but I’m excited to go, and I intend to track a few numbers for this trip:
Number of days: 26 (alas this is known)
Number of flights:
Number of days with rain:
Number of national parks:
Number of glaciers:
Number of different kinds of beer:
Mammal species seen:
Number that got too close for comfort:
Number of fish types eaten:
Modes of transport:
Miles driven on rental car:
Highest and lowest prices of gas:
Highest and lowest elevations:
Number of geocaches found:
Number of festivals:
Man oh man, this is gonna be great!
Have you been to Alaska, and have a tip to share, or do you have a suggestion for another number to track? Let me know!