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Christy Bartlett

Round Rock, Texas Travel Agent
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Christy Bartlett

Christy Bartlett

Round Rock, Texas Travel Agent
Daydream Cruise and Travel, LLC, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 8
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Alaska Late Summer of 2020

A view from Denali National Park
A view from Denali National Park

The world came to a halt the first part of 2020, and it changed lives forever. As we all sat in our homes getting to know our families (even better), we waited. We waited for the world to open back up. Needless to say, it's been a process. But as we waited, the urge to travel grew, so when a friend called and asked if I could spend her 50th birthday with her I jumped at the chance! 

We met up in her state of Arkansas, where we took our required Covid19 test and flew to Anchorage out of Dallas the next day. Six and a half hours on a plane with a mask is not, quite frankly comfortable, but would I do it again? You bet I would! We touched down in Alaska on August 27, got our car rental and off we went. 

We didn't have much of a plan, other than explore as much as we could for the week. The regulations changed twice while we were there with regards to eating in restaurants, so we knew we would have to be patient. We explored the city of Anchorage, chatted with some locals and decided day trips would be great. Alaska has been hit hard by Covid. When your entire year is dependent on about 3 1/2 months in the summer, the shut down was brutal. 

The first two days we had perfect weather! Low 60's and sunny, we went out to Beluga point and up to Flattop Mountain. Had our first wildlife sightings; a couple coyotes running around town. 

An Alaskan Railroad train ride to Whittier was in order, so we could take a boat tour of the College Fjords. It was AMAZING! Social distancing was key in all aspects and masks of course were required. But the views and vistas were breathtaking! We saw sea lions, bald eagles and the oh so cute otters. We even spotted a mama bear with her cub at the edge of the water. Sadly, we were about a week late in the season to see any whales. The fjords were incredible! As the captain pulled closer and closer and said, we're about 3/4 of a mile out, our jaws hit the floor; it felt like we were right next to it! The sound of icebergs hitting the boat as we motored closer is one of those things I'll never forget. Remember when I commented about how devastating it's been during Covid there? As we pulled away from the dock, the Captain came on and introduced us to the ticket taker and the bar tender, both of which were also Captains. They were all sharing jobs since only 1 of the three boats were running this year. 

The next day we found ourselves in Alyeska, hiking up Virgin Creek Falls trail. We also had to check out some incredible graffiti art under a bridge that was actually a commissioned art. We rode the ski lift up from the Alyeska resort and were literally above the clouds that day. A little lunch at the top with a glass of wine and a hot chocolate (the temperature dropped that day to about 40 degrees) and we were quite pleased with ourselves. I got to explore quite a bit of the resort and it was beautiful! On our way back to Anchorage we stopped off at Moose Flats and hiked around, but sadly, there were no moose to be seen. 

You can't got to Anchorage without heading up to Denali National Park. Incredible. There are no other words to describe the views. The welcome center was closed to visitors, but they had park rangers outside with maps that could answer any and all questions we had. We drove through as far as allowed without having to have permits. We finally saw our moose! We hiked a bit, learned a bit and simply enjoyed the lack of crowds. If we decided to pull over, we could and did! Denali was kind enough to actually peek out for us. And it was impressive! Talkeetna was on my list of places to visit, so that's where we went for some fantastic shopping and dinner. I can't say enough great things about that little town. The people were warm and friendly and so happy to see us! 

The following day we went to the Native Alaskan Heritage Center and tried to absorb as much history and culture as we could. We were taught by a group of high school kids, who always have an interesting take on things. When we left there we headed over to Eagle River, where again we were just wowed by the views!! 

When you travel with a crafting friend, and she hears about musk ox wool, you know you will be visiting a musk ox farm! Sounds funny, but it was a lot of fun! After watching her spend a pretty penny on this crazy soft yarn, we went over to the reindeer farm. We got to feed the reindeer, pet a couple moose, feed a few alpacas and just simply enjoy being outside in the cool weather. 

That wrapped up our time in Alaska. I cannot wait to go back!! We did as much as we possibly could in the week that we had, but there is so much more to see! I think at least another couple weeks, followed by a southbound cruise will be in order in the next few years. 

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