On May 16th I have to be in Wasilla, Alaska for my nephews’ graduation. The ‘twins’, as they have been called their entire life, will be graduating from the same high school that my sister and I graduated from nearly 25 years ago. So, I’m headed back home.
I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m going to get there, what I’m going to do, and how long I’ll stay.
How I’m going to get there?
- Flying is always an option, but I checked tickets this week and they are around $500. Shoot…I only paid $366 to fly to Belize recently. Plus, if I fly I have to leave my dogs at home which cost me $35 per day (a bargain…they love the gal who stays with them). If I only go for 10 days then already I’m out $850.
- Driving to/from Alaska is something I did three times as a teenager. Twice as a family in a motorhome (down and back) and once with my Dad when he bought a car in the Seattle Area. Every time we drove growing up, we used The Milepost. I’d do that same thing for this trip. It’s approximately 2300 miles each way to drive. My car will get 17mpg (I have a mid-sized SUV) in rush hour traffic (probably even better on the highway) and I figure I can average the cost of fuel to $4 per gallon (since Canada is more expensive that the US). That would mean driving would cost me about $540 each way. And, it would give me the option of taking my dogs and staying longer.
- The last option is driving one way and taking the Alaska Marine Highway Systemthe other. This is the most expensive option, but it’s also the most interesting since I’ve never seen Southeast Alaska. The cost for one way on the ferry would be $815 t o $1150 depending on the length of my car…I need to measure it. Whether driving or ferrying the amount of time it will take is about the same and in both options I’d have to drive at least part way through Canada.
What I’m going to do?
I’m leaning towards #2 right now and if I can figure out a cheap way I would consider #3 as well. Driving is appealing to me because I’d like to camp in some of the spots we did when I was younger and then share that with everyone via this blog.
- Kenai Peninsula (where my parents currently live)
- Anchorage, Wasilla (where my sister currently lives), and Palmer
- Whittier and Portage (the glacier has changed so much from when I was younger)
- Willow and Talkeetna
- Petersville and Denali National Park
- Fairbanks and North Pole (they have an amazing museum at the university)
- Chena Hot Springs
- And…I’d love to cross the Arctic Circle (I‘m not even sure this can be done…easily)
Of course, there’d be places along the route from Washington to Alaska that I’d want to stop, but I haven’t thought that far ahead…too many decisions already.
How long I’m going to stay?
Depending on how I get there, I’ll stay 10 days to three weeks. If I fly, it will be 10 days or less. If I drive, I’ll stay longer.
What do you think?
Feel free to leave me comments or suggestions. Or, if there is something you’ve always been curious about in Alaska let me know and I’ll try to fit it into my travels and write about it in this blog.