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It’s Alaska!

It’s Alaska!

Happy July! Last month’s Newsletter featured the Islands of Hawaii. So this month we will go from glistening warm beaches to the Majestic Beauty of Alaska! While Cruising tends to be the most popular way to see Alaska, there are so many ways to enjoy the 49th State.  If you choose to ride on the Alaska Railroad you’ll travel magnificent routes that stem from Seward to Fairbanks. You can see the awesome wonder of Denali National Park, where wildlife abound. domain ip . On a clear day, you may even get to see the top of Mount McKinley.   Did you know that there are over 1500 Moose that actually live in Anchorage? You can see them walking around the streets, especially in the late winter/early spring months before they are able to go higher for their food supply.   On your visit to the islands of the Inside Passage, you’ll might find yourself in Juneau, Skagway, or Ketchikan. But, no matter which towns you visit, you’ll see that the area has a beauty all its own.   When cruising to the many towns throughout the inside passage, you will have the opportunity to see Glaciers, Whales, Eagles, Sea Otters, Puffins (my favorite bird!), Bears etc… I have had the joy of kayaking the smooth waters of the inside passage, and seen seals actually ‘pupping’ (giving birth) on icebergs! canadameds.com We had a seal pop up right next to our kayak, checking us out!   May is the least rainy month of the year, and the nice thing is that it tends to be the least expensive time to cruise too! Ketchikan measures Rainfall in FEET each year, not inches…   I recently received my certificate as an Anchorage Wild Expert (AWE certified).   This is another of my favorite destinations…. Enjoy this month’s Alaska focus, and feel free to email me with any questions!      Kina – Travelhound What? Get Married in Alaska?YES!!!! Alaska weddings are an absolutely memorable, unique, adventurous, and picturesque way to exchange vows with the one you love. What better place to get married than the top of Mount Alyeska or from the breathtaking expanse of an icy blue glacier? Helicopter to a mountaintop, hike to a gorgeous romantic viewpoint or tie the knot aboard a small cruise ship while passing glaciers and wildlife – the experience will be treasured for a lifetime! Monster Veggies! ‘Round these parts, one cabbage can fill a wheelbarrow. Visit the Alaska State Fair and feast your eyes on these weighty wonders. Current record holders: Broccoli – 39.50 lbs. Cabbage – 105.60 lbs. Celery – 63.30 lbs. Mushroom – 25.30 lbs. Pumpkin – 1019.00 lbs. Squash – 569.00 lbs. Watermelon – 168.60 lbs. Sunflower...

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Aloha from Travelhound

Aloha from Travelhound

Hi There! For those of you who have not heard from me lately. I am still full time in the travel industry and going strong. This is the start of a destination themed monthly newsletter, so I hope you get some enjoyment out of my first issue which features the beautiful Hawaiian Islands! I truly love visiting the islands of Hawaii! Each island has it’s own special character. I am an Oahu Master Specialist and a Hawaiian Islands Specialist! The Hawaiian chain of islands actually consists of 132 islands! But of course 6 of them are the most traveled to, and the majority of the rest are uninhabited.  In this newsletter, I’d just like to share a few Hawaii tidbits with you…. Do you think it’s ONLY beaches? Click here for stories of the islands! Mahalo for now! Kina Palmer Hawaiian Language 101 Hawaii’s two official languages are Hawaiian and English. The melodious Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect and only has 13 letters. Vowel sounds are generally pronounced as follows: A-  ah, as in “saw” E –  ay, as in “say” I  -ee, as in “see” O-  oh, as in “so” U- oo, as in “soon“ A few words you should know:  Aloha: A greeting with love, Hello, Good-bye and more Hula: traditional Hawaiian dance Mahalo: Thank you Lei: A flower garland given for an occasion Wahine: Woman Kane: Man Keiki: Child ‘Ohana: Family ‘Ono: delicious Pau: Finished Weather & Time  Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 75˚-88˚ F) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (68˚-80˚ F). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. www.weather.gov/hawaii The ocean temperature is 71-81˚F year round. Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November). A Simple Hawaiian Recipe! MANGO BREAD Ingredients:      2 cups    flour      2 tsp.    baking soda      1 tsp.    salt      1 cup     sugar      1 tsp.    cinnamon      1/2 cup   raisins      3/4 cup   vegetable oil      3         eggs      2         chopped ripe mangos      1 tsp.    vanilla extract Procedure: Mix all ingredients well. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 325 degrees F. for one hour. Cool for 20 minutes. Travel Humor Love Music? Here are some events you may want to check out! BayFest Hawaii – (July 15-17, 2011) Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival Hawaii – (July 17, 2011) Aloha Festivals – (Sept. 17 & 24,...

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