September 10, 2014

like, are you kidding me? this place was insane.
















alaska. let's see, where do i even start?

my girls picked me up from the airport and we all squealed and screamed as we were reunited. they gifted me a carhart beanie so we could all match, and we squealed some more.

we made friends everywhere we went, i ate a bacon jam burger and bacon blue cheese and both were game changers. we kayaked in resurrection bay, where we saw a porpoise + a sea lion. we walked black beaches and took too many pictures, if there is such a thing.

we had a lot of deep talks during car rides. we used the phrase "on a scale from blank to blank...this is blank" way too often. i met a reindeer named star. we hiked to a glacier and i learned how to skip rocks in the runoff. we watched beluga whales migrate, which was one of the more extraordinary experiences of my life. 

we took a glacier cruise & froze our bums right off, we went to the anchorage temple. we rode a hand tram, we danced to a lot of beyonce music videos.  we failed at making a fire + had to recruit a stranger to help. (he was heaven sent!) we cuddled inside our freezing tent and laughed until tears streamed on to our pillows. 

we stayed in the sketchiest, smelliest motel i've ever experienced. (we're talking mysterious stains on the sheets and holes in the walls.) we went dancing on saturday night. we caught fish bare-handed. we shed tears when we had to seperate.

i basked in the constant laughter, and tried to truly appreciate the magnitude of the blessing of good friends.


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14 comments:

  1. That sounds like one incredible trip!

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  2. This trip looks/sounds awesome!!! I love the matching beanies - so cute! And these pictures...are YOU kidding me?!

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  3. I love reading what you have to say :) You put it all so well!! Sounds like a dream honestly.
    I have never wanted to go to Alaska because it seems SO COLD. But, everyone keeps telling me how amazing it is....you are another one- and now i am convinced :)

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    1. ok i've never really had a huge desire to go to alaska, either! (i'm a city girl) but i kept hearing all about it from my father in law because he grew up in anchorage, then my good friend moved out there & we decided to pay her a visit - i'm so glad we did. i'm like 50% "outdoorsy" but i really enjoyed it, it's a beauty unlike any other place i've been. i'd stick it on your bucket list :)

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  4. wow!! incredible photos! everything I've seen of alaska is so beautiful. and I loved reading your words, too. BELUGA WHALES? are you kidding me? those guys are adorable. it sounds like a perfect vacation.

    - Leah

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  5. Your pictures are unreal! Alaska looks and sounds amazing. That's so fun you went with just your girlfriends! Always a good idea :)
    -k
    www.kerryjune.com

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  6. oh my word, I need to go to Alaska!
    sounds like you had a ball with some wonderful friends! :)

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  7. that Anchorage temple pic makes me so happy!! that temple is literally 2 minutes from the house i grew up in and shares a parking lot with my ward building. so much love for that place and that state! lets become friends and go again and i'll show you all the local joints ;)

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    1. allie- i loved the anchorage temple! do you perhaps know any stastny's or carter's? that's my father in law's family - they all grew up in anchorage. also, i'd totally go again, let's DO IT! :)

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    2. SHUT UP. Carters are like my second family!!! Seriously, at my wedding, helped plan it, bridesmaids in weddings, all that jazz. SO many memories at the Carter home growing up, even lived with them for a summer. What a small, small world. We're practically related!

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  8. This looks like an absolute blast!!! I haven't been to Alaska in years but it is such a beautiful place! Those glaciers are so pretty! How fun that you got to go on such a fun adventure with friends :) I love it!

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  9. This really makes me want to go to Alaska...and have best friends to go with. I also loved your post about how you should keep up your friendships after you get married. I'm just now realizing that I totally didn't do that and the result is....i have nobody who would want to go to alaska with me ;) haha. Seriously it's so beautiful there!

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  10. ummmmm. NEED. to. go.

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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  11. i seriously have looked at your alaska pictures a million times. soooo pretty!! and the picture of you making the kissy face is darling! ah i love you!

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