North To Alaska!

I’ve been married to Fisherman for thirty-four years (as of Nov. 17, 2018.) For as long as I can remember, he has wanted to go to Alaska…a big item on his bucket list.

Cynd and Phil Alyaska Hotel

So on Tuesday, we flew out from Memphis and landed in Anchorage at 1 a.m. During that time, we went through three time zones, meaning the current time zone is 3 hours behind the one at time. As I write this, it’s 7:30 pm in Anchorage and 10:30 pm at home. My stomach is SO confused!

We’d opted for a Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) condo instead of a hotel during this five-day stay in Anchorage. So far, every VRBO we’ve rented has been better than any hotel…this one included. But Oh My Gosh! No air conditioning! No problem. It’s been a long time since I was in a place where I didn’t NEED a/c. We open the bedroom window, put up a small fan, and the room temp is perfect!

When we woke up on Wednesday, we headed to Matanuska Glacier. Sadly, many of the glaciers have shrunk due to heating. Still, it’s a trip to look up and see these incredible mountains with snow and ice…and in August! (

Glacier 3mantauska GlacierGlacier Pic 2

On the drive to the glacier


Thursday, we hopped on the Alyaska highway and headed down to Girdwood.  Hubby wanted to ride the tram up the Chugach Mountains and have lunch. The weather was lousy today. Rainy. Foggy. Didn’t matter. When we vacation, we don’t let anything like the weather slow us down. Throw on a rain jacket and keep on moving. Usually, I don’t like not being thirty (or forty or fifty!) again. But I’ll confess that the senior discounts are freaking awesome to my wallet.

Here are some pictures from our drive up today and pictures from atop the mountain.

Alysaka HighwayTramView from top of moutain in Girdwood

Here’s a link where you can see how beautiful the area really is!

If you follow me on Facebook ( you may have seen these pictures today. This is Bird Creek (between Anchorage and Girdwood.) Apparently, a fishing heaven.

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The fish above is a Silver Salmon (coho salmon) . No, That is not me in the picture. I did not fish. (um, I do not fish!) but it was an impressive fish and I wanted to show it to my buddy, Laura Drake, who is a fisherwoman!

While you are reading today’s post, we are out on an ATV tour with 49th State ATV tours ( I suspect it’ll be muddy and sloppy and I’ll be filthy when we get home. (It’s raining tonight.) I can’t wait! Look next Friday for pictures from that trip AND from our trip to Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park.

In the meantime, check out the live bear cam from Brooks Camp

Because some of my readers aren’t on Facebook or aren’t in Western Romance Café, I’ll be posting here and on my blog every Friday. There will be a prize link to click at both places. In fact, you can enter more than once by visiting the different posts!

Follow this link!

Thanks for reading! Next post will be next Friday (I’ll be at Denali National Park!!)

See you then!


About Cynthia D'Alba

After living away from Arkansas since I left for college at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, I have finally made it back to Hot Springs.

Posted on August 3, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Alaska is in my bucket list! Beautiful pictures.

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  2. Lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. Love seeing all the pictures of my home state. Hope you are having a blast. Jai

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  4. Great tips, great pics, and a great state. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Teresa Fordice

    Beautiful pictures. Great trip have fun!!

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  6. Kathleen Collins

    That is awesome. I can’t wait to go next summer. I will live the experience through you and Phil.

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  7. Winner from this post is Teresa Fordice! Congrats Teresa. Surprise in the mail

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  8. Glad you had such a great time in Alaska! I’d heard from friends and family that they had a wet rainy summer this year. Still such a beautiful state regardless of the weather!

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