When you're on vacation, you do the type of things that you would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER do in your city of residence. For example, on Saturday I took in the traditional starting ceremony of the 1000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. I stood in the cold four hours in Anchorage watching superstar mushers (yes, these men and women are international sport celebrities).
Alaska is simply an adventure waiting to happen. Unlike many other places below the 48th parallel, Alaska is rough, tumble and untouched. From its majestic mountains that house the tallest peak in North America, Mt. McKinley to its sweeping glaciers, fjords wildlife and rugged trails and rivers you cannot help but be swept up by its splendor.