Friday, May 11, 2012

Pause 101, Concentrate on AK must-do's

I wrote this a couple of months back, but didn't post...

 Last year around this time, during a ferocious windstorm that kept the fam indoors for the weekend, I decided to redirect my restlessness and come up with the adventures/experiences I want us to have while here in this great state of Alaska. Weird, I never once put it up here on the blog. Perhaps it's because my 101 list was sitting on its separate page, ignored and neglected, that I felt too guilty coming up with yet another list. There's Missus Och again unable to see things through. Well, after reviewing the 101 list and realizing I had completed 41 tasks already (almost half!), and having the best Alaska adventure to date yesterday, I made the decision to put the first bucket list on hold to an extent. Instead, we will focus on our Alaska Must-Do's while here.

 I found the list I wrote last year with notes of what we've done so far:

  1. Ride on a Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise
  2. H2oasis Water Park -- been twice
  3. Rent an RV and camp at Denali National Park -- July 2012
  4. Climb Flattop Mountain
  5. Hike and go blueberry picking -- Found our secret blueberry patch! (8/2011)
  6. Cross Winner Creek via hand tram above the gorge -- July 2012
  7. Hike on Matanuska Glacier
  8. Go four-wheeling (ATV) -- Summer 2011 @ Sutton
  9. Kayak to the end of Eklutna Lake and back
  10. See a bear -- and the Mister almost offered himself up as its lunch
  11. See moose -- they are everywhere. We now know to drive through Kincaid Park when visitors arrive in town to get that off the checklist right from the start of the visit.
  12. Snowshoe 
  13. Gold panning in Crow Creek Mine
  14. Alaska Zoo -- a family mbrship is a great deal and I've taken the kids several times over the summer break
  15. Anchorage Museum/Imaginarium -- we also purchased an annual mbrship!
  16. Witness the bore tide come in Turnagain Arm
  17. Hike to Thunderbird Falls -- Summer 2011
  18. Ride the Alaska Railroad -- July 2011, Princess Rail Tour ride from ANC to Talkeetna
  19. Take the whistle stop train to Spencer Glacier
  20. See the Northern Lights! -- March 2012 on Highland Drive, Eagle River
  21. Soak in Chena Hot Springs
  22. Dip toes into Arctic Ocean
  23. See Mt. McKinley -- July 2011, Denali peeked out behind the clouds for a full 30 min
  24. Beachcomb on the Homer Spit
  25. Fly to Lake Clark or Katmai National Preserve to see bears
  26. Sea kayak 
  27. Ride wildlife viewing cruise -- April 2011, short 4 hr tour of Resurrection Bay
  28. Take pictures amongst the irises in Palmer Hay Flats -- June 2012
  29. Watch Iditarod Race start in downtown Anchorage
  30. Attend Fur Rendezvous -- February 2011
  31. Attend Summer Solstice Festival in Anchorage -- July 2011
  32. Alaska State Fair -- August 2011
  33. River raft trip -- July 2011, float trip from Talkeetna
  34. Scale Mount Healy -- July 2012
  35. Cast a line out on the Russian River
  36. Take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to the Inside Passage
  37. Explore Hatcher Pass/Independence Mine -- July 2011
  38. Take children to North Pole, Alaska
  39. Go on a dog mushing ride -- February 2012
  40. Visit Williams Reindeer Farm --  October 2011
  41.  Hike at Eagle River Nature Center -- Summer 2011
  42. Alaska Native Heritage Museum
  43. Ride the ferry from Homer to Seldovia
  44. Dig for clams at Clam Gulch on the Kenai Peninsula
  45. Go dip dipping...whatever that is
  46. Tube Arctic Valley
  47. Explore Peterson Bay Field Station
  48. Attend a family camp at Kachemak Bay with the CACS
  49. Try cross-country skiing
  50. Learn to snowboard

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