Our Alaska Trip Photos (March 2004)

Here are our March 2004 Alaska trip photos.

I guess early March is among the best time to visit Alaska (thanks to my wife for figuring out fantastic itinerary) because you are still just in time to catch views of Aurora Boriales and there is so much festivities going on. We had our Yup’ik wedding ceremony at the Ice Hotel at Chena Hotsprings which is a hotel made of only ice with colorful lights shining through. Taking a dip in natural hot sulfur rich springs in below freezing temperatures with Aurora Borealis passing over head could certainly bring you one of the most memorable times even if its not your wedding ceremony night ;). We also attended the start of the world famous Iditarod Sleddog Race in  Anchorage, went to the Fur Rendezvous (a big festival in Anchorage were furs and various Alaskan crafts are bought, sold, and traded),  saw the World Ice Carving Championship in Fairbanks - a definite must see to believe these finely detailed sculpteurs carved out of ice, attended Chatanika Days (a festival in Chatanika where a outhouse, snowmobile, and other races are held), and visited Whittier, the strangest town in Alaska.  We also paid a visit to capitol “city” Juneau which is incredibly beautiful from “Lower 48” standards but not as desirable places to live from Alaskan standards :).  We also camped in 4 feet of snow overnight near Denali National Park, home of Denali/Mt. McKinley Mountain, the tallest mountain in North America. All that besides having lots of fun :).

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