August 28, 2013

Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.

After our trek through Yukon Territory, we arrived back in good old America, but I have to admit that Haines, Alaska is like no where else I've ever been in America. This was one of the cutest little towns I've ever been to, with a stunning view to top it off.

Not to mention, after 16 hours of driving, I finally saw a wild animal! I had been chanting almost the whole way, waiting for a bear, moose, ANYTHING to pop out of the woods...and I got nothing. I'm so happy we got the whole day in Haines to explore and in a last ditch effort before hopping on the ferry we took a drive and saw a Mama and baby bear! Don't worry, we stayed in the car...and yes, the man just standing there is probably insane.

Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Grizzly Bear | Home is with You
Grizzly Bear | Home is with You
Grizzly Bear | Home is with You
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.
Move to Juneau Part 2 ↠ Haines, Alaska.

If you're ever in Haines, Alaska to catch a ferry to Juneau, Skagway, Washington, etc (because, sadly, that's usually the only reason to go to Haines) we highly recommend at least giving yourself a day to explore Haines. It's small (less than 2,000 people), but has so much to offer. I'm already dying to go back! We really enjoyed stopping in the Mountain Market Cafe for some coffee and baked goods (my pumpkin cookie with cream cheese frosting was fabulous) and popping in all the adorable shops full of handmade items and fun souvenirs.

We also recommend going off the beaten path a bit, if you have a car, and heading out to the fairgrounds. It looks deserted when you first pull up (if you're not there in July) and we thought we were in the wrong place at first (the last two pictures before the bears above). We stopped in Haines Brewing Company to grab a growler of the beer I'd just tried and loved, to take with us.

After that, we were hungry and curious about the little ghost town we'd found so we decided to stop in Klondike Saloon and Restaurant just so we could hang out a little longer. Oh my goodness. It's a cute little place, and the waitress informed us that the fairgrounds were actually the set for White Fang. Kinda cool, but the best part was the pizza. Oh the pizza! Hands down in the top 5 pizza we've ever had, if not the best.

Haines, I will be back soon for more pizza and a refill of my growler full of Spruce Tip Ale. Promise.


August 27, 2013

Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Part 1, Yukon Territory.

I'm back! I apologize to anyone who came to my little space while I was away and kept finding that there was nothing new to read, I didn't plan to be without my computer for over a week or I would have warned you, but I will say the break was kind of nice.

The trip to Juneau was so much more gorgeous than I could have ever imagined. It was also longer and more treacherous than I imagined, but we'll get to that. We spent two days driving out to Haines, Alaska and then a day waiting for the ferry to take us to Juneau. It was fun, exhausting, breathtaking, nerve-wracking, and everything a good adventure should be.

Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
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Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
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Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You
Move to Juneau, Alaska ↠ Yukon Territory // Home is with You

First let me set the scene, it happened halfway through our drive, roughly about 8 hours in. Dave and I had been in Yukon Territory for awhile, AKA driving for hours and hours through gorrrrrgeous landscapes and it had been miles and miles (and miles) since we had cell service or since we had come across any sign of civilization. That's when it happened...

Some of the roads through that area are pretty bumpy and can take you a bit off-guard if you aren't expecting it. We weren't expecting it. We heard a thud, but honestly just thought it was our little hitch-hauler letting us know to slow down a bit over the bumps. No biggie. Luckily Dave needed to get out and stretch a bit, so we did. And luckily he walked around back as he was stretching, and that's when he saw it. The hitch-hauler had hit a bump (or two) and was so bent it was almost scraping the ground.

This may not sound like such a big deal, but let me assure you, it was. This was the only thing keeping the majority of my possessions (precious books, all of my office supplies, etc) attached to our car. If it were to, say, fall off completely...there would be nothing we could do about it. I got really freaked out at the idea of my things being strewn across the highway, but thank goodness my handy man had a plan.

We were really blessed that we noticed this right before one of the only places in the whole stretch to pull over in a lot. It took about an hour, but Dave was able to take the entire hitch hauler apart and flip the bent bar upside down (the picture above is after). We weren't sure if the metal was compromised or if it would hold this way, but thank goodness it did. I am so thankful we didn't have to weigh the options and figure out what else to do, our Jeep was packed so far to the brim and every nook-and-cranny accounted for so there was nowhere to put anything from the bins on the back.

Minor crisis aside, this was one of my favorite trips Dave and I have taken. Lake Kluane was to die for. I had no idea such beauty existed. The lake really was that blue and dreamy as it is in the pictures. I haven't seen water like that since our Honeymoon in Jamaica, and paired with the mountains I wanted to cry I was so happy to witness such beauty.

...up tomorrow are the pictures from Haines, Alaska. 
Hope you all enjoy the pictures and story from our adventure.
I know I've missed sharing with you in this space.

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