Alaska is a big old state. As even my Texas-loving sister Donna will admit, it's even bigger than Texas. So when I learned that my friend Joan would be coming for a visit, it took me a while to figure out how best to cover the highlights in a limited time. I ambitiously opted for a 1000-mile Thelma and Louise-style road trip. Brad Pitt did not make an appearance, and no laws were broken (well ok, maybe a few little ones), but other than that, it was just like in the movie. :-)
We rented a car in Fairbanks and slowly made our way south, all the way to Homer. Joan did a lot more of the driving than I did, so she gets to be Thelma (Geena Davis) behind the wheel, while I get to drink the whiskey.
Like most road trips, this one had its ups and down. The weather was not very cooperative - in typical Alaska fashion, it rained most days. That's usually not a problem for someone like me, who prefers their sun behind a cloud. But on an especially soggy cruise when picture after picture came back blurred because of the dreary lighting, even I had to admit a little more sunshine would have helped. And to my acute disappointment, the northern lights were a no-show.
But the views! They took our breath away. From beginning to end, they were spectacular. I think my guest was as enchanted with Denali National Park as I was (maybe more!) This is one road trip I will always treasure.