We had an absolutely fantastic time in Alaska! I thought I’d share with you guys some photos during our short stay, from our drive up to Fairbanks, our hunt for the Northern Lights and back down to Anchorage.
Mounted Bears and Fishes at the lounge area of our accommodation
A glowing Denali
With all that snow, you’d think the words on the vending machine are redundant
The crows here are HUGE
Views of valleys
After driving the spending the whole day on the road, we finally reached our accommodation for the next two nights, the Regency Fairbanks Hotel. It’s a wonderful place to stay at, really!
My life is complete, I’ve finally encountered a moose head
While the other two rested, me and Aaron decided to drive out to Walmart and pick up some stuff for dinner. When we got back, we did a check on the aurora forecast for that night, which was predicted to be at the weakest in the strength scale - KP1. However, we did not come all the way here from the Equator to not at least give it a try, so we left the hotel at about a quarter to midnight. The sky was cloudless and millions of stars could be seen. Fingers crossed..
.. and we were rewarded.
That’s another thing off the bucket list!
We drove to the nearby town of North Pole..
It’s official - I’ve been to the North Pole!
Snow covered trees outside the USPS office
Candy cane lamp posts
The last sunset of 2013 for us
With business done in North Pole, we drove back to Fairbanks and did more shopping at Walmart. I found something amusing yet something I ought to stay away from..
New Year’s celebrations started early
Back at the hotel, we were wondering what to do for the rest of the evening. Ushering in the New Year gazing at the aurora was decided, so we suited up once again and left the hotel about 45 minutes to midnight.
Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side today as clouds covered the sky. Despite that, we still spotted the aurora. With the cloud cover, the aurora had a different appeal to it this time..
We checked ourselves out and started the drive back down to Anchorage.
One of the many bridges
Flags in the cold wind
Ready to meet the snow peaks once again
Carriages in the middle of nowhere
As the sun never rose high enough, every moment was perfectly lit and picturesque views were plenty. We eventually came to this certain bridge, where one just can’t resist the temptation of taking a photo..
And not to mention, the wispy clouds around the snow-capped peaks.
One of the many gas station stops. I always look forward to gas station stops!
Several hours later, we arrived in Anchorage and decided to find some dinner before driving back to the Airport and check ourselves in for the flight.
If you’re ever in Anchorage, please drop by Capri Pizza along Spenard Road! Their food is absolutely delicious. It’s even got highly rated by the Food Network!