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 (tallest) – 16.75 ft.

Anchorage Daylight Hours

Let there be light! In Anchorage, there are 24 hours of functional daylight on Summer Solstice. The further north you travel, the more sun you get in the summer; in Barrow the sun does not set for 84 days! The day with the least amount is on Winter Solstice, yet Anchorage still enjoys five hours, 28 minutes of daylight. During winter – the farther north means the fewer the daylight hours.

Balsamic and Basil Grilled  Salmon

                         Serves 4

6  Salmon Fillets

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

the juice and grated zest of two lemons

1 tablespoon dijon-style mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves finely chopped

3 garlic cloves finely minced

1 green onion, washed, trimmed and chopped

Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


1. Combine all the ingredients except salmon in a non-reactive bowl. Pour over the salmon fillets. Refrigerate covered for three hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling.

2. Preheat the grill

3. Brush the grill lightly with oil.

4. Grill the salmon steaks over hot or high heat, basting with the remaining marinade, 5 minutes per side.

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Alaskan Goods


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