Alaska, Baby!

It’s official – I am writing my first post from Alaska!

Watch out, Alaska - we're here...the BAMF too!

Watch out, Alaska – we’re here…the BAMF too!

We crossed the border yesterday (they actually let us back in!) and spent the first night in Chicken (you heard me – Chicken, Alaska – population = 23 in the summer). I friggin love that place.

Chicken, Alaska. Don't knock it til you've tried it - it's a very "chick" place!

Chicken, Alaska. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it – it’s a very “chick” place!

Chicken, AK. A saloon, cafe & liquor store - what else do you need?

Chicken, AK. A saloon, cafe & liquor store – what else do you need?

Driving the Alaska Highway through the Yukon was a cool experience, especially learning the history of how the AlCan was first built by the US & Canadian military in just 10 months during WWII in 1942. Crazy! It’s neat to know we’re following historical paths all over this place. The gold rush, the oil pipeline – it’s all still here!

Liard hot springs - a special treat along the AlCan. It's hot and it's awesome!

Liard hot springs – a special treat along the AlCan. It’s hot and it’s awesome!

"Sign Post Alley" in Watson Creek along the AlCan. Started by a GI in WWII and now has 75,000+ signs!

“Sign Post Alley” in Watson Creek along the AlCan. Started by a GI in WWII and now has 75,000+ signs!

Our sign contribution... :-)

Our sign contribution… 🙂

I’m so excited to be here, I can’t stand it. Our to-do list is long (and growing). I will post when I can! The weirdest part is that it is LIGHT ALL THE TIME. I woke up at 1am this morning and it looked like 3pm outside. This is the place for the party people! 🙂

 

Oh Canada!

We’ve spent the past week tooling around Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper in Alberta, Canada. I love them all! But I have to say, the showstopper for me this week was driving the Icefields Parkway. It’s simply STUNNING!

Banff - the view from the top! (most take the gondola, but we hiked the 3.5 miles uphill - ouch!)

Banff – the view from the top! (most take the gondola, but we hiked the 3.5 miles uphill – ouch!)

Lake Moraine from an amazing hike viewpoint. The color is really that blue!

Lake Moraine from an amazing hike viewpoint. The color is really that blue!

Love Jasper! Check out mama bear & her cubs in the foreground...

Love Jasper! Check out mama bear & her cubs in the foreground…

The Icefields Parkway is a 143-mile stretch of highway between Lake Louise and Jasper, through the Canadian Rockies. It has everything – mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, wildlife – in every direction as far as the eye can see. I gave myself whiplash trying to take in all the panoramas. It took us 5+ hours to do the drive because we stopped at every overlook, did nearly every hike, and drove some parts of the road twice, just to get another look.

The Icefields Parkway. #bestdriveever

The Icefields Parkway. #bestdriveever

Peyto Lake, along the Icefields Parkway.

Peyto Lake, along the Icefields Parkway.

The BAMF, enjoying the Parkway too!

The BAMF, enjoying the Parkway too!

The Icefields Parkway is said to be the most beautiful road in the world. I can’t prove that, but I think I could spend the rest of my life unsuccessfully trying to disprove it! I want to drive it again, and again, and again, and again…

Views for miles...don't blink!

Views for miles…don’t blink!

Hiking along the Icefields Parkway

Hiking along the Icefields Parkway

The Athabasca Glacier along the IceFields Parkway. Only 40% left. It's beautiful!

The Athabasca Glacier along the IceFields Parkway. Only 40% left. It’s beautiful!

Unbelievable waterfalls everywhere. Check out the rainbow!

Unbelievable waterfalls everywhere. Check out the rainbow!

Camping in Canada – has been (mostly) a treat. Their campground amenities are luxury compared to the U.S. (hot water, showers, large campsites, electricity & mirrors in the bathrooms, and, for ~$6 – all the wood you want)! They lost money on the wood with us for sure. Martin is a pyromaniac. 🙂

Our grizzly infested, beautiful Jasper campsite!

Our grizzly infested, beautiful Jasper campsite!

I love the bighorn sheep - they're everywhere! Check out these monster ram horns...

I love the bighorn sheep – they’re everywhere! Check out these monster ram horns…

The only “adjustment” is that every single campground has been in an active grizzly corridor. Our Lake Louise campground even had an electric fence, apparently put up after the 6th attack. Reassuring! We’re also here during the elk birthing season, which apparently makes both the elk and the grizzlies ultra aggressive. It’s like living in a Nat Geo special!

Electric fence around the campground - that's a first!

Electric fence around the campground – that’s a first!

But after all that, we’ve only seen 2 grizzlies so far (tons of black bears). But one was walking through downtown Jasper yesterday. Yep – downtown! Bear spray is my new fashion accessory…it goes everywhere I go!

They grow 'em BIG in Canada!

They grow ’em BIG in Canada!

Off to Bowron Lakes! We’re about to head West into British Columbia towards a 7-day, 7-lake canoe adventure around the Bowron Lakes. It’s supposed to be amazing. Praying for nice weather! I definitely won’t have wifi on that part of the journey (June 7-14), so excuse the quiet blog period. I’ll post as soon as I can if/after we return from the canoe trip!

Rain - what rain? Let's hike it anyway! Worth it for the view (Jasper).

Rain – what rain? Let’s hike it anyway! Worth it for the view (Jasper).

Getting closer and closer to Alaska, where the real adventure begins. We’ve gotten a ton of great tips from people along the way, so our to-do list keeps growing. I can’t wait to get there! xoxo