2012 Alaska Vacation
I tallied up our Alaska vacation spending a while back, and was happy with the outcome! Much cheaper than previous year’s vacations, but equally awesome. I know that Alaska isn’t even international, but it was somewhere I’d been really dying to see (especially having visited Europe two years in a row).
We didn’t scrimp on restaurants or food while we were there. However, we spent a few days camping and flights were relatively inexpensive, so costs remained low by vacation standards. We camped a total of 4 nights and stayed in little cabins the other 4 nights.
The kayaking day cost a lot of money, but I’m really glad we did it. I wanted to see the glaciers up close and without a swarm of cruise ship people. (Yes, I’m prejudice against cruisers.) It was a really magical day. Almost as amazing as the kayaking was the sealife we got to see on the long water taxi ride over. The whales absolutely took my breath away!
Denali was beautiful and we saw a lot of wildlife. However, I wouldn’t go back. Denali touts the “no trails” thing as a big plus, but I discovered that I prefer the trail system. Having bridges over most rivers and flat places to camp is a huge plus, even if it means that I’m not allowed to trample the meadows. Plus… there were a lot of cruise ship people in the vicinity of Denali, at least until we got into the backcountry.
I’m really happy we did this, but the rest of June was kind of a whirlwind and I only am now (in early July!) catching my breath!