Alaska Tour & Travel continues to receive photos and letters from visitors who came to Alaska this summer – the year which we celebrate our 50th Anniversary  of being the United States 49th State of the Union! Our staff loves to hear back from visitors who we have helped plan their visits and we appreciate the photos as well. The stories and photos received give our staff inspiration and encourage us to go out and live our own adventures this fall. Several of our staff are planning multi-day adventures in Denali  in September, a beatiful time to visit the Park because of the fall-colors and abundant wildlife that can be observed preparing for the winter season.
Alaska has had incredible weather this summer and there has been many opportunities to photograph wildlife, capture Mt. McKinley on a beautiful day, and be awed by Alaska’s colorful glaciers. Another common theme among photographs received so far have been whales breaching in Southeast. I was in Juneau  recently where a friend told me they’ve been amazed at the number of opportunities this summer to see whales. From the number of great photos we’ve received so far from visitors on Alaska Cruises , we can only imagine that lots of visitors went home with life-time memories of whales breaching and bubble feeding.
It seems that opportunities this summer to see and photograph bears, caribou, moose, and eagles have been so common this summer that Bob S. from Ohio sent me a message with this photo of a Caribou suggesting that the “animals were being paid by the State of Alaska to entertain its visitors!” Visitors and residents alike can still send in photos of Alaska until October 31st. We’ll continue to post all photos that we receive on our Alaska Photos  page so that all visitors to our website can enjoy them.
We’ve received over 100 photographs so far! After the contest is over, we’ll reward one photographer with the “Legacy of Alaska” print signed by all of Alaska’s living governors including Sarah Palin.