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A One-Way Ticket to Alaska (Part 2)

Arriving In Alaska:

I safely made it to Alaska!


Both of my flights went as smoothly as I could have asked for. No screaming babies, no one sat in the middle seat, and I had some pretty good coffee at my layover in Seattle.

There was quite a bit of turbulence coming into Anchorage, leaving me white-knuckling both armrests and reminiscing on a childhood memory that I had long forgotten.

I'm sitting on a rollercoaster next to a very kind middle-aged woman. I guess my anxiety was very apparent because she asked if I would like to hold her hand. For whatever reason, I said yes and I clenched onto that stranger’s hand for the entire ride. When it was over, she beamed with a gentle smile and said, “See, that wasn’t so bad.”

As we descended through the turbulent air, I could have really used a hand.


But I made it!


While waiting for my luggage, my brother told me that he was going to meet me outside, so I was just minding my own business when I suddenly felt someone grab my back. This led to me full-on screaming in the middle of the Anchorage airport only to turn around to see J.T.

I’m not talking about a little yelp, I’m talking about a scream so loud that everyone in the whole terminal heard me. I was so embarrassed that I could feel all the blood rush to my face. My luggage could not arrive quickly enough. What a great way to start off my trip in Alaska.


As soon as we got in the car, he introduced me to a drink he discovered in the Philippines. It was good.

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I got a brief tour of Anchorage in the rain as we drove to my brother’s house. It’s not what I expected.

For some reason, I was expecting to be surrounded by evergreens and snow, but it was mostly bare trees and sporadic patches of gray snow.

The mountains are far more beautiful than I was expecting. They are the color of charcoal, tipped with the purest white.

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I can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventures!

October 31:

When I woke up this morning, the sky was pitch black. I assumed that I had woken up in the middle of the night due to the time change, but it was 08:00. The sun would already have been peeking past the horizon back home.

When my brother finally woke up, it was 10:00. He told me to get dressed in something warm. I put on my base layer leggings and long sleeve shirt, jeans, a sweatshirt, my coat, and a beanie.

Then we headed to our first adventure.

Barbra Falls:

The first thing we did was head to Barabra falls. The trailhead was a short 15-minute drive from my brother’s house. We saw two moose on the side of the road. A mom and her baby. J.T. was adamant we get a picture. Despite my very valid concerns, he got out and trekked down the road to get me the perfect shot of my first moose.

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Despite my attempts at staying warm, the cold air still nipped at my cheeks and burned my throat. I would have to remember to wear a gator tomorrow.

We hiked through slick rocks, damp leaves, and patches of ice on the bank of the Eagle River. The water was the color of the sky before a thunderstorm and green sea glass.

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I could hear the waterfall long before I saw it. My jaw dropped as I walked around the bend and saw the tower of rushing water.

We lollygagged along the base of the waterfall for a while and then made our way back toward the car.

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We also saw a bald eagle on our way into town.

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After an evening of packing, loading up the Jeep, and dinner at a great sushi joint, it was time to enjoy an evening with family.

Let's see what tomorrow brings.

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