We leave for Alaska tomorrow! Little by little, the knowledge that I’m running a full marathon on Saturday is sinking in, but it still feels surreal. It probably won’t feel real until I’m running the race.
So what are we doing after the marathon?
Just about everything we can pack in. Here’s our itinerary:
Friday 6/22 – Fly into Anchorage. Go to packet pickup. Eat carbs. Sleep.
Saturday 6/23 – Run 26.2 miles.
Celebrate! Shower. Eat. Pick up RV. Sleep.
Sunday 6/24 – Drive to Denali State Park and check into campground. Hike, relax, see the sights for the rest of the day.
Monday 6/25 – Go on Eielson bus tour of Denali State Park.
Check out of campground and start driving back toward Anchorage. Stay at a rest stop somewhere.
Tuesday 6/26 – Drive down to Seward and check into campground. Hike or relax.
Wednesday 6/27 – Take a Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise all day.
Thursday 6/28 – Explore Kenai Peninsula. Drive back up to Anchorage.
Friday 6/29 – Fly to Juneau. Visit the Mendenhall Glacier.
Board the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) to Ketchikan.
Saturday 6/30 – Spend all day on the ferry – hopefully viewing marine wildlife and glaciers.
Sunday 7/1 – Arrive in Ketchikan. Depending on weather, either boat out to family friends’ remote cabin or check out Ketchikan.
Monday 7/2 – Explore Ketchikan or fish. I’ll be reading books and napping.
Tuesday 7/3 – Explore Ketchikan or fish.
Wednesday 7/4 – Explore Ketchikan or fish. Watch the fireworks set off from Pennock Island (I’m hoping).
Thursday 7/5 – Explore Ketchikan or fish. Head back to Ketchikan if not already there.
Friday 7/6 – Fly back through Seattle to Denver. Cuddle with pooches!!
The first week of the trip will be a whirlwind of sight seeing and I’m sure, very tiring. The second week should have more time for relaxing and hanging out. A good balance. And we’ll have all day Saturday and Sunday back home to do laundry, recuperate and sleep before having to head back to work.
I am so excited for this vacation. It will be the longest vacation I’ve ever taken as an adult (and the most expensive – holy cow!) and after this past year of being so busy and feeling burned out on running and life in general, I’m hoping this trip will refresh me and bring me back ready for triathlon season!
As for the pooches, they’re being watched by friends the first week of our trip and then going to Camp Bow Wow for the second week. This way, we still get to save some money but they still get to have some fun with other dogs while we’re gone. Should be a good time!