Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We're Back From Alaska!

Hi everyone, we got back from Alaska this afternoon after the most amazing vacation ever! We have a lot of cleaning up to do and need to get to bed soon so here is just a quick update on our marathon and trip. We will most likely share all our pictures and stories with you over a few blog posts.

The Mayor's Marathon was on Saturday and we agreed to take it nice and easy and shoot for 4:15-4:20. Our actual time was 4:17:10. The course was pretty boring, mostly on bike paths and we had to run 9 miles off-road on a trail that was covered with loose rocks. The weather was perfect, 55 degrees with light rain.

Have you ever been to Alaska?? HOLY CRAP, you have to go. Everything about it was breath taking! We had an amazing time and squeezed SO much into 1 week. We were both very sad to leave and Bethany actually cried a bit as the plane took off. It was so sad to leave such a wonderful place. We said it was a once in a lifetime trip but after going we both agree that we MUST go back again!!!

Here are a few pictures from our week. Please pardon the same clothes in every picture, it was chilly and we could only pack so much...

 Portage Glacier kiss. We took a short boat ride out to see a glacier.

Saw this moose on the side of the road, pic taken from our car. We saw a total of 10 moose throughout the week.

Just arriving at the starting area race morning.

Alaskan Husky puppy and future Iditarod runner

Another Alaskan Husky/future Iditarod runner, soon after this pic the puppy fell asleep in my arms.

We hiked out to this glacier, freakin' amazing!

Panning for gold. Bethany got 1 little piece and her dad got about 4 pieces.

 This picture was taken around 11:00pm.

HUGE mountains EVERYWHERE!!!

The pictures on Ryan's camera are MUCH better. Look for more pictures and a race report soon!


18 comments:

Angie Bishop said...

I have always wanted to go to Alaska! The pics are wonderful. Glad you had such a lovely time :)

Jill said...

Alaska's amazing! I've been there once and look forward to another trip someday! Glad you had a great time, looking forward to more pics. Congrats on yet another great marathon!!! :)

jed said...

you have convinced me to go to alaska but not as convincing about running the marathon. maybe i will just go up there to see those puppies!

Michelle said...

Great pictures! Glad you guys had a great time!

Can't believe you got that close to a moose! Amazing!

J said...

I want to visit Alaska so badly! Hopefully someday I will get there! Looks beautiful!

Marci said...

Alaska looks beautiful! Can't wait for the race report!

Johann said...

Fantastic pictures, I can’t wait to see more. Visiting Alaska is one of my dreams…

Indi said...

Awesome pics! Can't wait to hear about it more and more pics perhaps! Its on the list for a trip for sure!!

Suzy said...

Wow, it looks like a beautiful vacation! Can't wait to hear about the race more.

Denise said...

great pictures!! looks amazing.

Meg said...

Welcome home! From Alaska to Boston, two totally different WORLDS! I loved the glacier, the moose and the kiss(of course), it looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to hear and see more. Nice job on the marathon, that was so amazingly close to your goal time :) !

MCM Mama said...

Alaska rocks! We head there soon as well and I CAN NOT wait!

Jennifer said...

That is one place I have yet to visit. Your pictures look so cool! Congrats on having such a great time and making the best of it! And good job on the race!

LauraElaine said...

Awesome! Glad to hear you had a great time! Alaska is defnitely on our list of places to visit someday :)

teacherwoman said...

Welcome back! Looks like you guys had a great time. Wonderful pics!

Amanda said...

Amazing. Sounds like you have such a great time. Can't wait to see more pics and hear more about your adventures.

Running and living said...

Gorgeous pics. Glad you had such a great time!

Kerrie T. said...

Love your AK pics! My husband is from Anchorage and we visited his dad a few years ago. I didn't see any moose that close up! That moose looks almost fake! Craziness!

Also, I was going through my e-mail and saw your note about commenting on my blog. I changed it to the pop-up window so now hopefully it won't give anyone any problems. Thanks for letting me know!