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A Trip To Alaska - The Final Fronteir!

Finally, after months having passed since my vacation with Andy to Alaska, I would like to share some of my favorite images from the trip. We flew into Anchorage, Alaska to stay with Andy's brother Jeff and his family, who reside in Eagle River, about 45 minutes north of the airport. We spent a considerable amount of time on the Kenai River for camping and two fishing trips. We also hiked Hatcher Pass and Mount Baldy. We enjoyed delicious, fresh salmon, and great company.

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
We began our first fishing trip at a beautiful camp site near the Kenai River with great views from every angle...

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
The sun set lasted hours, leaving lots of opportunity for colorful sky shots...

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Above are Jeff and Colt Foglesong, our generous hosts. Colt was fighting a rather large salmon with the help of his father. This was our first fishing stop, and I caught my very first salmon!

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Then we spotted our first bears! While in Jeff's personal float boat, we spotted a mother grizzly and her two cubs. Pictured above is the mother and one cub. Jeff pulled the boat off to a pebble bar so we could enjoy seeing them and for me to get pictures. For a moment, we worried we had stayed too long, as the bears joined us in the river and began to float towards us. We got moving along just in time, watching the bears as they became specks in the distance...

On our drive home from the first fishing trip, we made many stops along the way for sight seeing...

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife

Along the way, we stopped at the town of Hope! While I took photos, the boys fished for pinks.

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
On the way back we stopped to take photos of this water scape. Across the water, where the land meets the water, was the road we traveled to get to the Kenai River. It's a gorgeous drive.

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
We spent one of our days at Hatcher Pass, hiking the unique landscape. The grassy mounds that made up the land were so interesting - soft and padded knolls covered the ground.

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Above are Andy and I, taking a fun photo as we made our way to the highest peak at Hatcher Pass... and once there, it was an amazing sight!

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
At the highest peak, was a turquoise lake, with patches of snow still on the far side, melting into the pool of water. You really had to be there to see it... the pictures do not do it justice.

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
I loved the details I saw everywhere - these petite yellow flowers that looked like butter cups grew along the water's edge...

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
During another road trip, we stopped for photos of a polar lake, and I spotted a moose carcass. Just above the moose, in the backdrop, is a tiny ice berg! Woohoo! I saw my first ice berg! :-)

Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Jeff's wife, Beth, is the polar bear care taker and seal care taker at the Anchorage Zoo. We were treated with up close views of all the animals, and we had the pleasure of feeding and receiving kisses from the seals!
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife

Fishing was difficult during our trip. Salmon were in between runs, meaning that those we caught were not in good condition for keeping. So Jeff arranged a paid fishing trip with a nice man, Kyle, and all of us went home with fresh silvers. So to end this picture story, here is a shot of me (looking sleepy) with one of the last fish I caught... I was shouted at a lot because the boat's motions were so relaxing, I kept falling asleep. Then my fishing rod would jiggle and all the guys would go nuts... "wake up Kelly! There's a fish on your rod! Bring it in!" And so I did.
Photography by Kelly Heck - Alaska Scenery and Wildlife

So thank you for taking the time to look through my Alaska documentation, and I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures. Have you been to Alaska or want to? Tell me what you did that you would love to do again... where did you go and what did you see? If you haven't been, share what you would like to do during a visit. I think, having stayed with locals, I would love to go on an Alaskan Cruise for a totally different view!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2 responses to A Trip To Alaska - The Final Fronteir!

  1. Your pictures are just breathtaking! What a beautiful place.

  2. The Eaton's says:

    Kelly, We loved the pictures of Alaska. Did not know about the Zoo Visit. No to many people can say they have been kissed by a seal. Your pictures are great as always.