They say "it's the journey not the destination" and while I love the quote I also knew that the focus of my second trip to Alaska had to shift to its people. I love photographing beautiful places but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone in order to do something different. I ended striking up conversations with strangers so that I could persuade them to have their pictures taken. Here are the results of my scheming.
A scenic 49-mile rugged mountain pass in the Mat-Su Valley named after Robert Hatcher, who was a miner and prospector. It was used during the Alaska gold rush of the 1930s/40s.
At 27 miles long by 4 miles wide, Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. After paying the entrance fee, travelers can drive up to and park next to the glacier.
Exploring along the Glenn you can learn a lot about Alaska's rich history, from the excitement of the gold rush days all the way back to the Native heritage of the first Alaskans
The Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary is a rest area for migratory birds and also a good place to watch for beavers, moose and bald eagles.
Located in the Chugach Mountains, Crow Pass follows a portion of the original Iditarod Trail. It’s a 21-mile trail but the first few miles will lead you past some breathtaking scenery.
Located in the Kenai Fjords, Exit Glacier is a glacier derived from the Harding Icefield. The rapid retreat of the glacier (about 187 feet from 2013-14) highlights the effects of climate change and how it's affecting Alaska's coastal glaciers.
The Knik Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in south-central Alaska. It feeds the 25-mile long Knik River, which empties into the Knik Arm section of Cook Inlet. I didn't now that the glacier was a visitor attraction with several tour companies operating in the area.