One of the most enjoyable aspects of our work at Alaska Tour & Travel is receiving many letters from clients who have traveled to Alaska and later send us letters about their experiences. We’re also receiving more and more photos from clients as well, some of which they submit to our Alaska Travel Photo Contest . These photo’s really highlight the diversity of the experiences that visitors and residents have while traveling in Alaska. Alaska Cruises  are a popular way to travel to Alaska, and Richard Bell sent us a photo he took this June while on board Holland America’s Ryndam. Richard said that the guide books said “get up early, and don’t miss College Fjord” and they were right! The photo of one of many glaciers in College Fjord is beautiful and reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who just came off a cruise from Vancouver, BC to Seward, Alaska  and he told me that he was surprised to find that he enjoyed College Fjord even more than the day cruising Glacier Bay National Park.
We just received a photograph from Ken Wilson who traveled in June to Alaska. On his first night in Alaska, he stayed at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge  and woke up to a beautiful day. He went out to the deck of the lodge and Mt. McKinley was out in all its glory, Ken says it was a “breathtaking sight”. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is located south of Denali National Park in the area known as South Denali which offers better views of Mt. McKinley than any lodge near the the Park entrance. Talkeetna  has great fishing, rafting, and flightseeing and is well worth a visit.
I’ve recently corresponded with Ken and Colleen Schneider. Ken and Colleen came up to Alaska and traveled on one of our Alaska tour packages. I was amazed at the diversity of the photos they took of wildlife. From a bear chewing on a bike seat in Denali National Park, to a photo of one of Denali’s Gray wolf’s, one of less than a hundred that live in the park. Ken and Colleen took the Kantishnwa Wilderness Tour  into the park one day and saw quite a bit of wildlife.
We’ve also been receiving photos taken during Alaska’s winter from both residents and the more adventurous travelers who visited us last winter. John Humphry sent us a few photos he took while traveling to Alaska with his father last winter. His father visited Alaska over 40 years ago and talked about the Aurora Borealis so much that John decided he had to bring him back up to Alaska and experience it together. They visited Chena Hot Springs near Fairbanks  and he said the “aerial ballet” went on for over forty-five minutes – they couldn’t believe it was real!
If your planning a trip to Alaska, be sure to check out the rest of the photos on our Alaska Photo website. We’ve organized them by the various Alaska destinations – its a great way to help determine where you want to travel in Alaska. While viewing the photos, be sure to visit our Alaska Travel Photo Contest website to see all of the photos submited by this year’s visitors to Alaska, and come back to see more photos as we continue to receive them the rest of the summer.