When I booked my ticket to go to an Alaskan photography workshop, I was so excited that I didn’t think about the fact that I would have to travel on my own for the first time. I have traveled out of the country with my husband, but this time I would be all of my own! Crazy, I know!
When August got here, I was so excited but also a little nervous. I had to take three different planes and over 14 hours of travel, but that’s all okay because I finally made it to the Last Frontier (aka Alaska). I had to take an Uber from the airport to my Airbnb, which at this point, I had never taken an Uber before. I got my rental car picked up and then crashed into bed. I fell asleep so fast that I don’t even remember changing into my PJs.
When I first got to my Airbnb, it was midnight, and I was ready to hit the hay. The next morning, I got to explore Anchorage on my own. My first stop, of course, was the neighborhood Walmart. After that, I got to drive around and found some pull offs along the highway. The views were breathtaking! I have seen mountains before. I have traveled to Colorado, California, Oregon, and even Tennessee. But I have never seen mountains this big before!
After spending all day on my own, I met up with two other girls that were there for the workshop as well. We wanted to go see Hatcher Pass, which is a mountain pass in the Talkeetna Mountains, while we were still close. The fog was some of the craziest fog I have ever seen in my life. It was impossible to see in front of you while driving. We were super bummed, thinking we would have to turn back and go into town. But we decided to push up the mountain to see if the fog stopped the higher we went. And it did!
It transitioned you to a magical place above the fog cloud. I felt like I was in Scotland. The hills were covered in green and wild flowers. Needless to say, we took our time exploring the area and getting some photos of each other for our websites.
The next day we met up with the other 10 girls for the workshop, which I will be talking about in another blog coming soon! But I have to tell you guys about one of the places we went to explore. We went to a real-life glacier. Going to the glacier was such a surreal experience. And we got to go on it and capture an elopement happening!! Like what?!
It was about an 2-hour tour that we went on. Where we got our own personal guide and got to shoot the elopement as we went. Not only that, but we got to explore a little on our own, and drink real glacier water coming right off the glacier. It honestly was some of the best ice cold water I have ever had! I would highly recommend going on this tour if you are ever in this part of Alaska.
I would highly recommend traveling to Alaska and exploring the state. When you get there, it literally feels like you are being transported into another world. It doesn’t even feel like it’s part of the U.S. It’s a must-see because of the wildlife you’ll see and the natural beauty around every corner. It is a must see! I am going to try my hardest to go back one day.