|Are you like John Locke of the TV series Lost and simply dying
for an adventure? Or perhpaps you're simply bored to death and
you want to experience more of life. Have no fear because
there's no need to travel half-way across the globe to taste
adventure in the wilds of Africa or the rainforests of South
America. Why should you when you've got Alaska. Alaska... the
49th state and fondly known as the Land of the Midnight Sun and
The Last Frontier.
Most people believe that Alaska, a name which comes from an
Aleut word meaning "land that's not an island" is simply tundra
in the middle of nowhere because of it's distance from the lower
48 states and because most of the stories you hear about it are
usually related to the cold and snow and so-called vast,
desolate, open spaces. But you thought wrong.
Alaska - the largest state (by land mass) is also one of the
least populated - is a land that combines the beautiful snowy
scenery of the Alps with the challenge of an adventure trip to
Don't believe me?
That's okay because I've got proof.
River Fishing When someone mentions Alaska, people usually
visualize a land of ice and frozen desert. So it's a bit hard to
imagine people being able to fish in such a place. But like I
mentioned earlier, Alaska is a place filled with adventure, a
place well worth traveling to.
For your Alaska fishing adventure, you can try your luck at
hooking any of a variety of prized fish like: Silver Salmon in
Resurrection Bay during August and September, the King Salmon of
the Lower Kenai River from May to July or Red (Sockeye) Salmon,
Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout in the Upper Kenai River.
Rafting Yes, you can raft to your hearts' content and pretend
you're a lone wanderer having an adventure in the midst of the
vast array of Alaskan wildlife. Travel and encounter the many
natural wonders of Alaska. Listen to the stories of the natives.
Catch a glimpse of moose and bald eagles as you hold on for dear
life while traversing the rapids of Kenai River Canyon - a trip
that is highly recommended and one that you don't want to miss.
Backpacking This is an adventure you must grab because there's
virtually nothing that compares to backpacking in Alaska. You
can of course choose your own adventure travel destination:
Brooks Range, Artic Refuge, Talkeetna Mountains, and
Wrangell-St. Elias to name just a few.
Sea Kayaking This not so common adventure is one that only
traveling to Alaska can bestow upon you. This is not for the
feint of heart and make sure, that you don't attempt this alone.
Expeditions to Walrus Island So you haven't seen any of those
furry adorable creatures up close? Find yourself aching for more
of a marine adventure rather than a landlocked one? Or perhaps
you're content to simply watch. Have no fear because Alaska's
Walrus Island has it all. You can view walrus, other marine
mammals and rare bird species from the comfortable deck of a
cruising yacht. But if you want a bit more of a challenge, you
can take a hiking trip and see more of the Alaskan wildlife.
Dog Sledding This is probably the most popular sport in Alaska
and an adventure worth telling your grandchildren, great
grandchildren, friends, barber or whoever will listen. If you so
choose, you can simply watch the dog sled races or try it out
yourself by mushing your own team. The Siberian huskies, are
highly trained so there's no need to worry about your safety.
Plus, if you have the time, you can also visit the renowned
author, husky owner and Alaskan original Mary Shields.
Fjord Exploration If you've ever dreamed of experiencing the
sheer scale of an honest-to-goodness glacier that the pages of a
book or movie screen just can't convey then Alaska is the place
to be? Unless, of course you prefer Greenland or Iceland for
your icy adventure. I think not... and just another of many
reasons why we should be thankful for the great State of Alaska.
So... are you now convinced that traveling to Alaska is an
adventure that you must not miss? I sure hope so because if
you're not - what's wrong with you. Just kidding, however before
making reservations be sure you've got everything you need like
clothes for wide range of temperatures and a comfortable pair of
And clearly... compare the available travel packages being
offered by the travel agencies that cater to Alaska or you can
make your own travel itinerary and then simply hire a guide to
assist you along the way. A great place to start planning your
trip is Alaska - The Last Frontier. A website dedicated to being
a complete resource on Alaska.
About the author:
Kevin Erickson is a contributing writer to the following
websites: Alaska Travel
and Internet Telephone
and Nursing Degree.
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