Over the last two weeks, there has been cause for travels to Hope, Whittier, Chickaloon, Seward, Talkeetna, Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River, and connecting points. A visitor from the lower 48 put these jaunts in motion, taking some herself, others with us. In the course of these travels, forms of transportation included car, boat, helicopter, train, dog sled, and foot. The beauty of this state is amazing, even to one who lives here!
Several days ago we rejoined Saltwater Excursions out of Whittier for a shrimping event. The day was overcast for the most part, and a little drizzle fell, but the sea life did not care. How many hundreds of mama sea otters and their pups were floating in groups? How often did a whale signal its presence? While the count was high, our interest in seeing just one more was not dulled. Kristen, Brad, and Montgomery (skipper and deck hands) know the Prince William Sound well, and made the day bright. It was Kristen who sighted the whale jumping high and clearing the water with its whole body.
Taking the tunnel in and out of Whittier is intriguing even on a repeat visit. Taking a visitor for a first journey, and telling the tunnel's story is even more fun because of the questions that come forth. Hard to imagine that some people drive from Whittier to Anchorage each day for work - don't they get weary of the more than 2-mile long tunnel?
At the end of the day, a dip in the B&B's hot tub relaxes tired muscles and gives a moment to relive the day's best memory makers. Today, the stories focused on the Alaska Railroad and the glorious view one gets from a train car. Haven't taken a trip lately? Might be worth a reservation, just to get a new perspective on the beauty of Alaska.
Mary M Rydesky operates Jarvi Homestay Bed and Breakfast and is one of the Innkeepers of the Anchorage Alaska Bed & Breakfast Association. Both photos and content share her view of Alaska.