Last Weekend in Canada – For Now

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We spent our last weekend in Canada – for now – in Banff. The occasion was originally the Banff Food and Wine Festival, but as it turned out it was also the fabulous weather, hikes, friends and family. That being said, we also enjoyed our share of food and wine! Continue reading

Icefields Parkway

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The drive from Jasper to Banff, through the Canadian Rockies, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. According to the Icefields Parkway’s own website: “This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it’s a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.” I guess I can agree with that!

1. A Map

We stopped a number of times along the way. The first stop was at The Hike of Five Lakes. It is an fun, easy hike that goes by five different lakes all with different colors, beautiful. In the parking lot, we met a German couple who had just bought their vehicle and were on their way South. South as in South America! We exchanged stories and advice and gave them our Spanish textbook, some left over Costa Rican money and wished them a fantastic journey!

1. Hike of Five Lakes

2. Five Lakes

3. Trail

Not many people were on the road, so we mostly had it to ourselves. Beautiful, grand, spectacular – What more can one say!?

4. Icefield Parkway

5. Road

6. Honey Tanning

7. Mountains

8. Icy Lake

9. Taking it in

Summer Arrived in British Columbia

13. First Ever Timer Jump Shot
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The ferry arrived at Prince Rupert just after 1 am Saturday morning. We were asleep as the ferry reached the dock, but somehow woke up and were the last car off the boat. The Canadian border crossing was right as we were on dry land. Only a few minutes later, we were back in Canada! What a whirlwind of a trip to Alaska! Continue reading

Marathon Drive to Haines and an Alaskan Ferry “Cruise”

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“Let’s catch that ferry!”

We had decided that we wanted to make it to Haines in order see the inside passage of Alaska from a boat. The ferries only leave once a week. That meant one serious day of driving. We are talking about 1250 km of driving in one long day. As always, we were keen and optimistic! Continue reading

A Night at the Potter’s

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On our way from Seward to Haines, we spent the last night on the Kenai Peninsula in Bird Creek about half an hour outside of Anchorage. B-Rent had told us about his friend, Peter, on several occasions and we initially stopped by to chat and have a look at his pottery. Peter is an incredible potter and we ended up buying two wonderful mugs, that will be our souvenirs and memory keepers from Alaska. Continue reading

End of the Road – To Seward!

14.Two beers or two hours
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The Seward Highway took us to Seward, the end of the road on the Kenai Peninsula. Seward is a major fishing town bringing in up to 70 million dollars worth of fish a year. That is a lot of fish! It is located at the end of Resurrection Bay, where the surroundings are absolutely stunning. The sea and the mountains join forces for an unbeatable combination! For this reason, the town is also a major tourist hub. People often come with cruise ships in the summer and there are boat trips offered to the fjords and glaciers in the area. This is where Captain B-Rent comes in. Continue reading

Keeners on the Kenai Peninsula

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Our first destination in Alaska was Cooper Landing. It is a small place 160 km South of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. Cooper Landing has 289 registered residents (a number that explodes in the summer!) and is set in beautiful Alaskan nature at the confluence of the Kenai Lake and Kenai River. The drive from Anchorage is beautiful and the weather was still on our side. Continue reading