Friday, July 13, 2007

Another Alaska Post

While I still have free internet access, I thought I'd write a little bit more about our trip so far.

Quick notes:

Dall's porpoises are my favorite. Incredible fun and fast.

Our three hikes (one in Ketchikan, two in Whittier) have been my favorite parts overall. The scenery is incredible, the nature beautiful and it's so nice to get away from the touristy things in every town. And the best part? It's free! Lots of great pics from these hikes I'll have to post later.

Whittier is the weirdest town I've ever been to. You totally feel like you are in a cold war James Bond movie, with all the suspicion and bizarreness but none of the action or Bond girls. I will definitely have to tell you all more about this later (complete with illustrations).

We have met some really cool people doing incredible things. Aside from the nature, the people we have met have been the coolest, most unexpected part of this trip. We have exchanged a lot of email addresses.

If you are planning a trip on the cheap to Alaska, it may not be totally secure, but if you are willing to take a little risk, let yourself leave some options up in the air. For example, we took the train out of Whittier for probably more than $100 for the both of us, but we could have gotten a ride for free (or gas) with some of the new friends we met on the ferry. If that hadn't worked out, we could have always gotten a train ticket at the station (PS it was a white tent. A tent. Was the train station). In the end, it worked out well for us because we got to spend the day in Whittier when everyone else got the hell out of there. We had some nice hikes and got to play spies for a little while.

The Inside Passage looks just like the more rugged parts of the Oregon and Washington coasts. I kept having to remind myself I was in Alaska there. I felt like we were really in Alaska once we got past that area.

Seriously, how long does it take to stop feeling like you are on the boat? I almost fell over standing on one leg trying to dry myself off after my shower. No good.

See you all later! Leave me some comments to I can feel happy when I get internet again!

1 comment:

ʔʊweɪs's blog said...

You SO need to fill us in on the action. It sounds like a fun trip with awesome travel companions.