Contributor Kristi takes us to Alaska with her new adventures and pictures of Alaska the Beautiful.
It is hard to travel to Alaska and not find it one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not only are there over 100,000 glaciers, but also Mount McKinley that is the tallest mountain in North America. Alaska has one of the largest coastlines and boasts glaciers calving into the sea, rare land spits like in Homer, and hundreds of islands. There are so many varied landscapes in Alaska that one of them is sure to take your breath away making it easy to call it Alaska, the Beautiful.
It is hard to imagine a town like Homer’s main businesses are on a very small piece of land called a spit. The spit is 4.5 miles long and is the longest road that goes into ocean waters in the entire world. It takes about 10-15 minutes to drive down it. It has a boat harbor that can accommodate both shallow and deep sea fishing boats. Hundreds of bald eagles come to the spit for its amazing fishing hole.
When viewing Alaska from the ocean, it is not uncommon to see a glacier calving into the sea. This is when the glacier’s ice breaks off into the ocean’s waters. It is loud and rumbling and quite a site. Some glaciers flow gently into the oceans and are trickling in throughout the year. Both are amazing to see.
In Denali National Park is Mount McKinley. Often times the peak is hard to see because it rises up above the clouds. Only 30% of the park’s visitors ever see the top of this ginormous mountain. It is well worth the trip through beautiful valleys and ice-capped mountains to view Mount McKinley.
Throughout Alaska’s coastline are hundreds of islands, some not more than 10 feet across. If you look closely you might just see that the island is alive. Stellar Sea Lions and hundreds of different birds like the Alaskan Puffin call Alaska home.
Is Alaska on your travel must-see list?