An Adventure Of A Lifetime Travel
by: Kevin Erickson
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 the Congo.
Don't believe me?
That's okay because I've got
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
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
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
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
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 hiking boots.
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
About the Author
Kevin Erickson is a contributing
writer to the following websites:
Alaska Travel and Internet Telephone
and Nursing Degree. This article
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