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    Photo Journey: Alaska Wildlife

    Alaska is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. From glaciers to coastlines, wetlands to plains, the beauty of Alaska is only surpassed by the wildlife that make it their home. Animals that we commonly see in the lower 48 like bald eagles and squirrels are much larger in Alaska, and other animals like moose and seals are almost an everyday occurrence. From the bus trip through Denali National Park to wildlife cruises along the coast, Alaska is one of top wildlife destinations in the world. I might not have seen every type of animal during my summer in Alaska, but my encounters were such a thrill that I…

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    Scenic Road Trips in Alaska

    Alaska was made for road trips. The twisting 2-lane highways through flatlands, forests and glaciers with an occasional wildlife sighting is better than any roller coaster in the lower 48. Southcentral Alaska which encompasses Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound is a fisherman’s paradise, wildlife lover’s dream, and landscape artist’s muse. Whether you arrive to this region by plane, boat or RV, take the time to explore it’s beauty and wildness on these scenic road trips in Alaska. One summer I stayed with my friend who lives in Alaska, worked at a restaurant and fish shipping office, and did as much traveling as I could in between.…

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    Seward: Gateway to Alaska Adventures

    If there’s one town that embodies all that Alaska has to offer, it’s Seward. Framed by the Kenai Mountains on one side and Resurrection Bay on the other, Seward is a picturesque base camp for all your Alaskan adventures.  Touch a glacier, play with sled dogs, hike through the wilderness or cruise the bay to view wildlife, Seward has something for everyone. The town of Seward was founded in 1903 though it was used as a port by Russian fishermen well beforehand for over 100 years. The 18-mile long Resurrection Bay doesn’t freeze in winter which makes it a perfect port for shipping supplies into and out of the interior.…

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    Road Trip to Denali National Park and Other Adventures

    Alaska is home to 7 of the largest national parks in the United States, the most famous being Denali National Park. Home to the tallest peak in North America, Denali National Park is an unpredictable environment of weather, landscapes and wildlife. My friend Christy and I took a road trip up to Denali to explore a part of Alaska we had only seen in nature shows. From the bus ride through the park, to horseback riding through a marsh and Class III whitewater rafting, it’s no wonder people fall in love with the nature beauty of America’s Last Frontier. Disclosure: Some links may be affiliate links where we receive a small…

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    Valley Ho- Scottsdale Premiere Boutique Hotel

    Hollywood hipsters, drive-in theaters, and rock’n’roll defined the 1950s.  Even before Scottsdale had a downtown of big name shops, upscale dining, and artsy galleries, Valley Ho was the private retreat for the rich and famous. Today, it’s a glimpse into the past with the modern luxury of today. Designed by Edward L. Varney in 1956, this minimalist modern hotel welcomed the elite of Hollywood and other dignitaries.  Central air conditioning allowed it to be open year round. The Valley Ho also offered a black and white television in every room, which was a big deal back then. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood held their wedding reception at the Valley Ho,…

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    Momofuku’s Comfort Korean Fusion Cuisine

    Momofuku Ssäm Bar’s Korean fusion cuisine never ceases to amaze us. The food is tremendous, and the artistic presentation and creative preparation really make you forget where you are and what’s around you. The conversational drone and blaring music fade away and you devote every fiber of your being to enjoying these edible masterpieces. The food is so inspiring that we bought David Chang’s book Momufuku. We’re ecstatic to have perfected the Steamed Pork Buns recipe at home so we can have it whenever we want. They really are addictive.   Twice we have visited Momofuku Ssäm Bar, and both times have been blown away by the quality of the cuisine. The…

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