Monday, April 21, 2014

Driving the Seward HIghway

On Saturday we drove through the second longest highway tunnel in North America, saw five moose, three bald eagles, ate some of the most delicious clam chowder, and skipped rocks in the Prince William Sound. Pretty amazing day.

We started the drive out of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. This beautiful road takes you south along  base of the Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm.

There are multiple places to pull off and enjoy the amazing views as well as hiking trails and mountain climbs.

My adventurous husband... he's made for Alaska. :)

The tide was out when we drove by but I hear it is quite the sight to see when the tide comes in. 
It forms a bore tide. A bore tide is "is a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay's current."  Cool! I would love to see that!

Portage Glacier Lake

Our drive brought us to a two and a half mile long single lane tunnel underneath this mountain. It is the only road access to the town of Whitter on the other side. If you miss the 15 minuet opening to go through you have to wait an hour till they open your side again.

Sadly my camera battery died and the tunnel picture was the last one taken. So I don't have any personal photos of the gorgeous mountains on the other side. If I did though you would see a tiny little town that was built along with the tunnel as a secret port during WWII. It's nestled between the mountains on the Prince William Sound. 

Today the town relies mostly on tourism. During the summer cruise ships often dock here and you can take a fishing trip out or go kayaking, hunting or hiking.
The town of Whittier. Photo credit here.
On the way home we spotted five moose. The first two Elijah saw first and they were munching on bushes along the side of the highway.
The other three were way across a marshy area so we didn't get a good look at them.
I can't wait to go back and do some more exploring!

Our drive along the Seward Highway from Anchorage to Whittier.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Playgrounds and Puddles

The boys and I went on a walk this afternoon and did some exploring. We discovered this fun little playground. It felt pretty warm today and all the snow is melting so the ground is pretty muddy and soggy. But that didn't stop the boys from playing. They came home soaking wet from splashing through all the puddles.

Poor Ethan. When ever he gets snow in his boots he stops to dump it out and says "I don't LIKE Alaska!"

I LOVE seeing views like this! This was on our way home

Monday, April 14, 2014

As much as I wanted to I couldn't just sit and stare at the beautiful mountains all weekend.
It was a busy weekend but we accomplished our goal and found a place to live! It's a sunny top floor two bedroom, one bath apartment in a fourplex. It's got a nice view of trees and just up the street from a play ground and walking trail.

We'll move in tomorrow so we'll be without internet until we can get that set up so I just wanted to share a couple pictures from the past couple days. We still have our Florida cell phones though so you can reach us that way.

My favorite thing so far has been the mountains. They are just gorgeous!

The boys pretty much jump in every pile of snow they come across. Most of the snow is gone but there are still piles along side buildings or along the roads and they feel the need to go out of their way to walk through it. 

Geoff starts his new job with Tall Trees tomorrow. He is such a dedicated and hard worker, they are lucky to have him!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Alaskan adventure begins!

With all the hard goodbyes see you laters behind us I find myself focusing on and getting more excited about what lays ahead.

My mom and dad took us to the Orlando airport on Thursday morning.
Only one bag was slightly overweight but they didn't charge us for the extra couple pounds. So that was a blessing.

As we were standing there getting our bags checked in just after saying goodbye to my mom and dad. Elijah said "I miss them already." 

Everything went smoothly. Really couldn't have asked for a better trip.

Our flight to Chicago was two and a half hours and I sat in row with the boys. Geoff sat in front of us. They did great. We just pulled out the portable dvd player and they were happy.

Once we landed in Chicago we found our next gate and then got something to eat as well as picked up some food for the next flight.

We're really going!

Ethan and I in Chicago.

We were split up again on this flight. 
Ethan and I sat on one side and Geoff and Elijah sat across the isle. 
So both boys had window seats. 
Once we were in the air Ethan fell asleep and slept for almost three hours.
The flight was just over six hours long.

What beauty we saw as we flew up over Canada and over Alaska!

See the glacier down there under the wing in the river below? 

Tucked there between the mountains and the inlet lays Anchorage, our new home town!

We're going to be living down there some where.
We have an appointment in a couple hours to see a place.

We got in around 7pm and the sun was still shining brightly.

Geoff's new boss picked us up and took us to our hotel. We got cleaned up and went to bed since we were all exhausted! It's amazing how worn out you feel after sitting on an airplane all day! haha! Thankfully Ethan went to sleep just fine even after sleeping half the flight.

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement!