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10-25-2014 12:26 PM
2five22
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Originally Posted by dfwislander View Post
It is beautiful there. OP, have you ever visited Hawaii? Hands down Hawaii is the most AWE inspiring place I've ever seen. If you loved alaska, you need to do Hawaii.

Meh. I was at Kaneohe Bay for several months and frankly, was glad to get the heck out of "paradise".
10-22-2014 10:23 AM
DeweysMom I lived in Colorado (Snowmass Village and then Denver) for 12 years. The Aspen area is really pretty. I'd retire there if I had more money - it has definitely changed since I lived there - lots more rich people and subsequently high fallutin' hotels, stores etc. Most of the people I knew lived "downvalley" (Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale etc).

I'd like to visit Alaska, but I'm afraid I'd fall in love with it and then want to retire there. At least I could have my guns on me. :-) I don't think I could afford it either though.
10-21-2014 11:18 PM
jkuoh
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Originally Posted by Vroooom View Post
Im a proud (not arrogant) Texan. I love my state. Im one of a deminishing number of native-Texans...born here and not transplanted from California. I know our history and our heratage and I know we have a lot to be proud of.

My wife and I just took a cruise to Alaska.

For a week I've been diligently searching my limited vocabulary to find some word that can come close to expressing how.... awesome.... amazing... astounding.... breath-taking.... friendly..... welcoming.... Alaska is.

And I dont mean "awesome" as-in "Bill and Ted": That's awesome, dude.
I mean it in the old-fashioned AWE-some...as in pertaining to or resulting from AWE. And not like "some Awe"....but lots and lots and lots of jaw-dropping.....mind-numbing AWE !!!

As-in: Holy Crap, I never knew so much beauty existed ANYWHERE. And I've done quite a lot of traveling as a basis for comparison.

I had expected to see more Wranglers. There were far more than I saw in Washington state, but far fewer than we have around here in TX. It seems that Subaru's dominate the cities...I reckon fuel economy at $4/gal and AWD are dominating considerations. And Long-bed diesel pick-ups dominate rural areas because hauling water and supplies is a dominant consideration (and its probably a challenge to fit a moose into a wrangler. But it was interesting to see how many "normal" 2wd cars are up there.

Alaska is a driving hazard. You are far more likely to get into an accident if you visit Alaska. Cuz you will be transfixed by looking out the windows instead of paying attention to your driving.

Alaska is bad for your weight. The folks up there REALLY know how to cook, and just when you think you've had enough...they drop a desert in front of you that just cant be resisted...dont trust your scale....it lies.

Alaska is bad for your health. It is sly about louring you outside, away fromyour computer, your TV and your couch. It makes you wander up and down hills. Its pristeen air has to hurt your lungs some how.

Alaska is a Trap. The bait of making you always wonder "Gee, whats around this next turn" just draws you further and further in. And never lets you look back.

In short, DONT GO TO ALASKA...unless you want your entire grasp of reality, nature, and even people....shaken to its very core, causing you to question why anyone would ever want to live anywhere else.

I actually asked one of our guides: "We are from Texas, we like tourists to come, visit, enjoy themselves, and LEAVE. We hate it when they stay and start changing our state. How do you keep the tourists from staying." He simply replied: "The same thing that kept the Romans, Nepoleon, and the Germans out of Russia....we call it winter."

I dunno.... I've never been a fan of clothes. But I can bundle-up if thats what it takes to live in that....there is only one word to sumarize it...Alaska.

I deeply regret my trip to Alaska. I regret not going sooner. I regret not staying longer. I regret coming back home. I regret how long it'll take me to get back up there. I regret that the THOUSANDS of photos I took can never do justice to what its like to see it in person. I regret that i am not able to say enough good things about such a wonderful place.

I love Texas. Or at least the Texas that once was. Alaska makes me consider options.

So Alaska SUX!



Thank you all for your hospitality during my FIRST visit. I'll be back.

I've had the good fortune to be able to visit Alaska twice. The last time we were up there, I told my wife if we ever make it back to Alaska, I plan on staying there.
10-21-2014 11:10 PM
dfwislander It is beautiful there. OP, have you ever visited Hawaii? Hands down Hawaii is the most AWE inspiring place I've ever seen. If you loved alaska, you need to do Hawaii.
10-21-2014 09:49 PM
kmrtnsn I grew up in Alaska. The only place in the world that I was happier to leave then when I left Alaska was Somalia.
10-21-2014 08:55 PM
Irish-n-Zwack I know this is an old thread, but I've only just read it, and had to add my 2 cents--like it or not :-).

I have a friend who spent 10 years in Alaska (Juneau). She, her husband, and their teenage daughter moved to Hawaii 2 years ago, and never looked back. From their hundreds of photos, I can tell that Alaska is a beautiful state (they went all over via plane, mostly). BUT, none of them would ever even dream of going back after living in Hawaii! Nor would I. I prefer lush to cold, and warm water to glaciers. I've never had any desire to go to Alaska (or Texas, for that matter), but I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, since I came within 2 months of being born, there.

Then again, another friend of our's son moved there 20-something years ago, and set up a homestead with his wife and family. They've never had any desire to come back to the lower 48. They fish and hunt. He works seasonally on an oil rig, and makes enough money during that time to get them through an entire year. He has nothing but good things to say about it. Still, I'd prefer picking Bird of Paradise and hibiscus flowers for my vases from the bushes and plants in the yard, and fruits and vegetables that grow naturally almost everywhere for my meals, with a little bit of wild boar thrown in for protein if I got tired of fish and wild jungle fowl. Hawaii is for me. NOT the cold wilds of Alaska :-).

In other words, to each their own. I'll enjoy looking at every mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, incredible photo you want to share with us from your vacation to Alaska, but I'll probably never visit. All the better for those of you who appreciate what that giant, barely-populated state has to offer :-).
10-20-2014 11:28 PM
Ted_D So did any of you make it up?
10-15-2012 07:51 AM
Wired My wife and I really want to take a trip up to Alaska in the next couple of years. Trying to hit a new destination each summer.
10-14-2012 09:16 PM
RustySilver
Thanks

Thanks for the fine report on the Last Great State. I came up here when i was 33, and wished i had done so sooner. I was in a traveling mode then, and when i got to the South end of the Kenia Peninsula, i put on the brakes. Been here 20 years with no regrets.
Folks all you have to do is get to Bellingham, Washington, and toss your jeep on the ferry headed north. You will get a cruise and transport for less than half the price of any other mode. Once you arrive, you'll all have the freedom to explore and do what ever you care....fish, photos, back country trails, etc. There are tons of state camp grounds, and B+B's for those that want a break from too much outdoors. Just do it!!
09-24-2012 05:42 PM
CW Spook I'd love to go to Alaska, but not sure I want to do it on another cruise. I'd rather drive the Jeep or my Ural sidecar rig up the Alcan.
09-23-2012 09:56 PM
rubberjeep I am youngish and still have a lot of places to see, but to say you have no desire to see it and you've never been there that is kind of crazy talk. I want to go to alaska one of these summers for a week, I want to go to hawaii as well and a ton of other places. There's nowhere I don't want to go unfortunately I always make work excuses, oh well on the bright side I guess because I never travel I never have problems making jeep payments.

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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
Me & the wife usually do a cruise a year & Im prob the only one to say this but I have no desire to go to Alaska.I would rather go to Hawaii or some other place we havent been.Sorry.
09-23-2012 09:41 PM
1jeeplvr Me & the wife usually do a cruise a year & Im prob the only one to say this but I have no desire to go to Alaska.I would rather go to Hawaii or some other place we havent been.Sorry.
09-17-2012 10:48 AM
Shauna I want to go shark/salmon fishing there...it's on my bucket list
09-17-2012 10:36 AM
AK2006TJ I moved to Alaska from the midwest wanted to see something other than corn fields and pig farms all day. Lived in Juneau for 2 years and now I'm in Sitka. There is nothing like driving to work and seeing ocean and mountains everyday. Plus the weather is pretty temperate in Southeast Alaska, not to bad in the winter. Just have to convince my wife, married only for 4 months now, to stay here for a long time. lol

BTW the fishing is amazing, Small mouth bass and catfish dont hold a candle to a King Salmon or Steelhead.
09-17-2012 08:48 AM
Darkstar11 I loved Alaska when I was stationed there. I lived about 25 miles south of Fairbanks on Eielson AFB and we used to drive to Wasilla/Palmer to visit family down there and eat at Arbys...LOL When I was there (98-01) Fairbanks had no Arbys, or Wal-mart. I'd love to move back after the kids are all out of the house, and if I did it would be to the Anchorage area.
09-14-2012 12:47 AM
Chrispy Vroooom you almost made diet coke come out my nose!!lol, yep not too many roads.
In Kodiak like in Juneau there are only 2 ways in or out, fly in or take a State of Alaska ferry. Then you have a limited road system. It’s not uncommon to hear somebody talk of going out to “the end of the road”…yep it’s the end of the road, it just ends, usually at a bay or a river.
check out this map for just how vast Alaska really ishttp://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/AKlower48.html
09-14-2012 12:31 AM
jkaufman_95
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Originally Posted by Vroooom
Not a Hunter.
Not a fisher.
Just a gawker. And I did a LOT of that.

As for the food....yeah. We were sorely, sadly, and quickly disappointed. Im not saying it was "bad". It was on-par with average restaurant food. But thats not what you expect to find on a cruise ship.

Its our 5th cruise. We usually go Carnival...hectic, frantic, chep. We've also done Norwegian...cramped. But Princess was very classy without being snobby. It was like cruising for grown ups. FINALLY!!!!

But the food in the dining rooms was...blah. The buffet was pretty good. The pizza, burgers, and hot dogs were great.

And it wasnt just cuz we (admittedly) got a great deal. Several others commented on it and they werent "bargain cruisers.

Its all good though. I coulda eaten a Dr. Sholes Shoe insole and still been indecently excited about the trip.

JK, your price froe all included sounds awesome!!!!! We will be in touch once we resuscitate our piggy bank from this last hit.
Princess is a notch above carnival (even if carnival owns them) and I'm not allowed to discuss NCL i have family interests there I ate 90% buffet really. And I only do groups out of the central Illinois area, but hey, get yourself here your welcome to go! I'm on a trip right now and have someone who came from California to come with me, so we do have people do it.

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Originally Posted by AKYJ
Thank you I went there for a visit and never left, you should of rented a jeep and hit the two track roads beautiful senairy in the back country im glad you enjoyed it.
Agreed. I rented a jeep. Had a blast.
09-14-2012 12:31 AM
Chrispy Vroooom Well said!! You did it just right for a first trip. The cruise and some inland tour. The Inside Passage is beyond words… and as you said your photos will not do it justice. It’s hard to go to bed at night because you don’t want to miss anything.
Next time make sure to take the bus into Denali, again beyond words! Get on the first bus of the morning, its like an 8 hour ride, 4 hours in and 4 back out. To control traffic you can only take private vehicles so far into the park. Did you eat on the train? The Alaska Railroad is known for great food.
The University of Alaska in Fairbanks has a great natural history museum for next time.
So much to see and do…which is why some people never leave, and why I miss it every day. I lived in Kodiak for from 1988 thru 1993.
Really want an adventure?? drive up the Alcan! One hell of a road trip!
Really love to hear you had such a great trip.
Chris
09-14-2012 12:24 AM
Vroooom LOL we actually decided on Wasilla as our preference for a relocation target when the time comes...and it will. All the other cities were amazing. Admittedly More beautiful than Wasilla. But their extremes were a bit too extreme for us, and the wife needs a good population base for her occupational interests. Dont get me wrong, Wasilla is no walk in the park in terms of climate. But the others were like someone was telling tall tales...until we looked em up on wunderground.com.

Our coach driver stopped in Wasilla en route from Wittier to Denali so we could all find whatever we wanted for lunch. We discovered Fred Meyers (kinda like a super walmart) and were able to do some preliminary research. Prices seem to average about 30-40% higher than here in TX.

When we hit Fairbanks, we rented a car (affordable) so that we could maneuver free of the blue-haired herd and pretend we werent tourists. We mozied around town, ate at some local spots. Monday night we found our way down the road to Chena Springs. Ate again, soaked in the hot springs, met some moose(s), watched the Aurora. crept back to town slowly so that we didnt have a high-speed encounter with a moose.

By the way...for interested observers. For the most part in Alaska, it isnt "WHICH road"....it's "THE road." The one and only road....for hundreds of miles....One road. maybe a few trails. but one road.

Other fun trivia.... Alaska is More than twice the size of my precious Texas. Yeah we know. But did ya know you could put Texas in the middle of Alaska and it wouldnt touch ANY of the edges? Alaska only has 700,000 people. Half of them live in one city, Anchorage. The 2nd largest city, Fairbanks has 30,000and gets 10 INCHES of precipitation a year (1/3 of what we get in TX). The state capital, Juneau, has 15,000 and has no road in or out...it can only be reached by boat or airplane. Oh and it got 120 FEET of snow last year. Yeah Im gonna stop blabbering. And resume looking for real estate and jobs.
09-13-2012 11:50 PM
AKYJ Thank you I went there for a visit and never left, you should of rented a jeep and hit the two track roads beautiful senairy in the back country im glad you enjoyed it.
09-13-2012 11:38 PM
Vroooom Not a Hunter.
Not a fisher.
Just a gawker. And I did a LOT of that.

As for the food....yeah. We were sorely, sadly, and quickly disappointed. Im not saying it was "bad". It was on-par with average restaurant food. But thats not what you expect to find on a cruise ship.

Its our 5th cruise. We usually go Carnival...hectic, frantic, chep. We've also done Norwegian...cramped. But Princess was very classy without being snobby. It was like cruising for grown ups. FINALLY!!!!

But the food in the dining rooms was...blah. The buffet was pretty good. The pizza, burgers, and hot dogs were great.

And it wasnt just cuz we (admittedly) got a great deal. Several others commented on it and they werent "bargain cruisers.

Its all good though. I coulda eaten a Dr. Sholes Shoe insole and still been indecently excited about the trip.

JK, your price froe all included sounds awesome!!!!! We will be in touch once we resuscitate our piggy bank from this last hit.
09-13-2012 10:57 PM
jkaufman_95
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Originally Posted by JDsDream
One thing that you didn't mention in your original post was the fishing and hunting. I'm not a hunter but I love to fish. There are some great trout streams in the lower 48, but when you reel (or in my case drag) in your first sockeye, king or halibut, the fish isn't the only thing that is hooked.
I didn't get to fish or hike while I was there. Would love too.
09-13-2012 10:53 PM
JDsDream One thing that you didn't mention in your original post was the fishing and hunting. I'm not a hunter but I love to fish. There are some great trout streams in the lower 48, but when you reel (or in my case drag) in your first sockeye, king or halibut, the fish isn't the only thing that is hooked.
09-13-2012 10:46 PM
jkaufman_95
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Originally Posted by Vroooom
TravelZoo.com Had an 10-day deal for $750 (airfare and excursions not included)

7day cruise on the Princess Diamond departing Vancouver then Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Wittier.

Couple of sea days. One day in Glacier bay

Once in Wittier we took a motor coach to Denali for a couple of days.

Then took a Train from Denali to Fairbanks for a couple of days.

The trip was a steal.

The excursions at each stop were tremendously expensive...but WELL worth every penny.

Airfare from Austin to Vancouver and then from Fairbanks to Austin. Was moderate but still well worth it.

First week in September meant almost no rug-rats. Ship was the nicest Ive ever been on. Staff was excellent. Food was poor...did most of our eating at the Pizza counter. Thats the ONLY negative experience. Even the mass of blue-hairs was mostly tolerable.

Yes, it was expensive. But it was also hands-down, unequivicably...the absolute BEST 10 days of my life. I truely dont think I'll ever be able to top it.

But I will keep trying
I do that same trip on a different princess ship (coral princess) and I charge my customers over twice that. It's all inclusive however. But you did get a great deal! Food poor? Really? Very unlike princess. (whom I LOVE) and yes blue hairs lol aka my customers. Glad you had a great time.
Did you have a comedian on your ship named sarge? Lol
09-13-2012 10:10 PM
Vroooom TravelZoo.com Had an 10-day deal for $750 (airfare and excursions not included)

7day cruise on the Princess Diamond departing Vancouver then Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Wittier.

Couple of sea days. One day in Glacier bay

Once in Wittier we took a motor coach to Denali for a couple of days.

Then took a Train from Denali to Fairbanks for a couple of days.

The trip was a steal.

The excursions at each stop were tremendously expensive...but WELL worth every penny.

Airfare from Austin to Vancouver and then from Fairbanks to Austin. Was moderate but still well worth it.

First week in September meant almost no rug-rats. Ship was the nicest Ive ever been on. Staff was excellent. Food was poor...did most of our eating at the Pizza counter. Thats the ONLY negative experience. Even the mass of blue-hairs was mostly tolerable.

Yes, it was expensive. But it was also hands-down, unequivicably...the absolute BEST 10 days of my life. I truely dont think I'll ever be able to top it.

But I will keep trying
09-13-2012 09:33 PM
jkaufman_95 Been to Alaska (and 49 other states) I'm a tour escort and absolutely love when I get sent to Alaska! Stunning!
What cruise did you take? Company?
09-13-2012 09:28 PM
BigManAndy Always wanted to go there and your post makes me want to go even more!! Now all I need is the funds to cover a trip like that.
09-13-2012 08:39 PM
Vroooom THX, JDsDream.

09-13-2012 07:10 PM
JDsDream I couldn't agree more. It has to be the most beautiful state in the nation. I, like you would move there in a heartbeat.
09-13-2012 11:13 AM
Vroooom
Alaska Sux!

Im a proud (not arrogant) Texan. I love my state. Im one of a deminishing number of native-Texans...born here and not transplanted from California. I know our history and our heratage and I know we have a lot to be proud of.

My wife and I just took a cruise to Alaska.

For a week I've been diligently searching my limited vocabulary to find some word that can come close to expressing how.... awesome.... amazing... astounding.... breath-taking.... friendly..... welcoming.... Alaska is.

And I dont mean "awesome" as-in "Bill and Ted": That's awesome, dude.
I mean it in the old-fashioned AWE-some...as in pertaining to or resulting from AWE. And not like "some Awe"....but lots and lots and lots of jaw-dropping.....mind-numbing AWE !!!

As-in: Holy Crap, I never knew so much beauty existed ANYWHERE. And I've done quite a lot of traveling as a basis for comparison.

I had expected to see more Wranglers. There were far more than I saw in Washington state, but far fewer than we have around here in TX. It seems that Subaru's dominate the cities...I reckon fuel economy at $4/gal and AWD are dominating considerations. And Long-bed diesel pick-ups dominate rural areas because hauling water and supplies is a dominant consideration (and its probably a challenge to fit a moose into a wrangler. But it was interesting to see how many "normal" 2wd cars are up there.

Alaska is a driving hazard. You are far more likely to get into an accident if you visit Alaska. Cuz you will be transfixed by looking out the windows instead of paying attention to your driving.

Alaska is bad for your weight. The folks up there REALLY know how to cook, and just when you think you've had enough...they drop a desert in front of you that just cant be resisted...dont trust your scale....it lies.

Alaska is bad for your health. It is sly about louring you outside, away fromyour computer, your TV and your couch. It makes you wander up and down hills. Its pristeen air has to hurt your lungs some how.

Alaska is a Trap. The bait of making you always wonder "Gee, whats around this next turn" just draws you further and further in. And never lets you look back.

In short, DONT GO TO ALASKA...unless you want your entire grasp of reality, nature, and even people....shaken to its very core, causing you to question why anyone would ever want to live anywhere else.

I actually asked one of our guides: "We are from Texas, we like tourists to come, visit, enjoy themselves, and LEAVE. We hate it when they stay and start changing our state. How do you keep the tourists from staying." He simply replied: "The same thing that kept the Romans, Nepoleon, and the Germans out of Russia....we call it winter."

I dunno.... I've never been a fan of clothes. But I can bundle-up if thats what it takes to live in that....there is only one word to sumarize it...Alaska.

I deeply regret my trip to Alaska. I regret not going sooner. I regret not staying longer. I regret coming back home. I regret how long it'll take me to get back up there. I regret that the THOUSANDS of photos I took can never do justice to what its like to see it in person. I regret that i am not able to say enough good things about such a wonderful place.

I love Texas. Or at least the Texas that once was. Alaska makes me consider options.

So Alaska SUX!



Thank you all for your hospitality during my FIRST visit. I'll be back.

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