The first few hours are exciting… but four flights, 30 hours later I feel like a zombie. To top it all off, I feel disgusting. Oh the joys of a long haul flight! My socks are soaked in sweat, I can still smell the drool on my face from the last 15 minute ‘nap’ I had before landing and my hair is a work of art!
A slight tingly feeling of happiness rushes through my body as I see my rucksack, in the abnormal shape of a body bag, making its way towards me on the conveyor belt. Clock strikes 3a.m at Anchourage airport ….. only two more hours left waiting at the fifth airport to pick up our car and then we could finally start off the best part of the trip. So to kill time, I make my way to the bathroom and try to pamper myself aka wash my teeth and try to blend in my sweaty smell with wet wipes and half a bottle of deodorant! (running low on supplies already..)
5:30 a.m. on the dot .. we’re in the fun mobil making our way to Girdwood after having shoved all our luggage in the trunk. Alaska looked…. normal.
Don’t get me wrong. I had no idea what my surroundings looked like at this point as it was still pitch black outside, but I was expecting something totally different from my home country.
Just a couple of street lights leading our way through the last few hours of the night. Sunrise kicked in…I was left mesmerized.We had just been driving for about 20 minutes when we had to pull over, breathe the fresh air and soak it all in. What lay in front of us was a picture from the movies. I was standing on a bunch of rocks as my eyes settled on the water ripples on the lake that lay in front of me. In the distance, the sun slightly peaked in between the mountains that towered over the lake. At that moment, I knew I was in heaven (not exaggerating!).
We enjoyed the sunrise for a couple of minutes, capturing some photographs to commemorate the first few minutes in Alaska. But then we made our way to our first destination as we were running late and yes, we had a schedule to stick to!
Having had a rough, sleepless nights on planes, we decided to take things slow for the first day. And what better way to relax than to see up close and personal iconic Alaskan animals at Girwood wild life center. The clear blue sky and the bright sun cheered us onto enjoying the start to this unique experience.
Here are a couple of beautiful creatures we got to see on our first day!
The day was not over yet. We hopped onto a boat and sailed on a lake to witness one of the hundreds of magnificent glaciers Alaska is known for, called Portage Glacier. Small icebergs were also floating on the lake.
Fun fact time : Icebergs are actually a product of glaciers. They are a piece of fresh frozen water that falls off a glacier and is left to float freely on open water. You can notice the bright blue colour emitted from the ice berg. No, I did not photoshop the photo to make it look cool. That is true natural beauty. The dense ice of the glacier absorbs and reflects all the colours of the spectrum when light is emitted onto it. However, the blue light is absorb/ transmitted into the ice. This is why the glacier and ice berg have a blue shade.
As the boat drew closer to the glacier, the air got colder by the minute. The wind was of no help at all as it casually blew cold, freezing air from the glacier onto us, leaving us shivering.
A great beginning to an amazing holiday. I snuggled happily to my pillow, excited for the next day. Who knew this would be one of my favourite days….