Alaska: Part Three - Prince William Sound

Alaska: Part Three - Prince William Sound

Catch up on the third part of my Alaska adventure. Hear about Prince William Sound, my obsession with glaciers, and the final part of my two weeks up north. Alaska is a truly unbelievable place, and though I think my pictures are good, they don't do it justice. 

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Alaska: Part Two - The Kenai Peninsula

Alaska: Part Two - The Kenai Peninsula

Following our Denali trip, we made our way south through the Kenai Peninsula to check out a few small towns along the coast. Hope and Homer proved to be just a picturesque and scenic as everywhere else in Alaska, something I'm starting to get sick of saying. A little camping and some good food provided for a great weekend yet again.

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Alaska: Part One - Denali National Park

Alaska: Part One - Denali National Park

So remember when I said the Grand Tetons were the most beautiful place on Earth I'd ever seen? Well, I lied. Alaska might possibly be the most picturesque place in North America. Denali National Park, one of the oldest Nat'l Parks in the U.S. and home to the tallest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, is rumored to be heaven on Earth, an oasis of mountainous beauty nestled way up in the northern reaches of the continent. It sounded like a place I wanted to visit, especially considering my main goal during my year of traveling: see as many beautiful places on this planet as possible. Without much convincing, it became the easiest $600 plane ticket I've ever purchased.

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San Francisco

San Francisco

After my late arrival to San Francisco on Monday night, I enjoyed a nice dinner out with my good friends and former teammates from Northwestern, Charlie and Tim. Charlie, new to SF as of four months ago, suggested a good Italian restaurant downtown which we enjoyed throughly. Near the end of dinner, another friend of mine from my time in Madison (now once again a resident of SF), surprised us at dinner and ultimately welcomed us over afterward for drinks and some good conversation. I have seen any of these people in a while, so a night in of just relaxing and talking was what I needed.

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The PCH

The PCH

I said my goodbyes to LA and friends early Monday morning and began the trek north up the Pacific Coast Highway (aka California 1 or PCH). Traffic was expectedly bad leaving LA but I made it through and onto the PCH within a couple of hours. The PCH actually extends the full length of the coast, all the way from LA up to northern Washington. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get all the way up the coast, but after 6 hours of the twisting road, I think I got the jist of how the road works.  

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The Green Mountain State

The Green Mountain State

I crossed the border into Vermont, a state I'd never been to before but had heard marvelous things about. From the scenic Green Mountains, to the endless hiking trails, and delicious maple syrup, it seemed like a state I'd probably get along with pretty well. After spending two days driving through it, I'm confident in saying that I'll be returning as soon as I can. What a beautiful place.

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