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Land of the Midnight Sun - Alaska

Land of the Midnight Sun - Alaska

The last frontier - Alaska!  

When your husband works for Hawaiian airlines and you were born with gypsy blood in your veins, a last minute trip to Alaska is not out of the question.  Albeit the original plan was the San Juan islands or Mt. Hood but weather.com changed all that!  I may live on Maui but I like sunshine on vacation too!

A quick text to a friend who just happened to be at her home in Alaska was all it took to switch gears.  

I must say that although I love to travel, I do not love navigating around and out of big airports. Anchorage, however, was a breeze - even at the peak of high season.  We walked through the cool airport tunnel to the rental car section, walked right up to the counter and before we knew it, we were heading north with nothing but open road. 

First top was Wasilla and our adorable VRBO rental with the postcard view!  

You don't realize just how big Alaska is until you start driving around.  Our first big day was to drive to North Pole, AK.  We started a tradition of buying Christmas ornaments on vacation so when we decorate our tree each year, we reminisce about our travels so a trip to Santa's house in North Pole had to be done.

On the way, we stopped at Grande Denali and enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers at this amazing hilltop perch with a spectacular view!

 

Oahu

Oahu

Mammoth Lakes, Bodie Ghost Town and Yosemite

Mammoth Lakes, Bodie Ghost Town and Yosemite