Miles traveled so far: 2610 (750 on this leg)
Hours driven/on ferry: 73.7 (11 on this leg)
We arrived in Bellingham at 8AM and all 30 cars or so drove off the ferry and onto the highway. It was shockingly speedy and everyone was extremely organized in getting in their cars early as to not hold back other drivers since all of our cars were stacked.
Q and I hit the ground running after a quick breakfast stop at Starbucks. The northwest is just stunning! The green trees, lakes, rivers and mountains were gorgeous and a change from the snow we are used to.
We breezed through Washington and quickly hit Oregon for a drive through the hills before heading into Idaho.
We pushed through as much as Idaho as possible before we needed dinner and through Yelp found “the best gyro shack in Boise, Idaho” and had to stop. And it was delicious and just what we needed. Q and I are so used to cooking for ourselves the past few weeks that being on the road has been hard for us with all the eating out. We try and stay as non-fried/fast foody as possible on the road and were happy to have found a good healthy-ish spot. We called it a night at 10 and woke up rearing to go at 6AM Sunday morning! More on that tomorrow…
Also our dear friends The Bulls created this fun road trip scavenger hunt for us to complete as we move across country. They are doing the same trip next month and we are competing against them on who gets the most sightings! Winner buys the other dinner in their new town. Wish us luck!
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Stop#2 The Ferry
The K&Q Road Trip continues….
Miles traveled so far: 1860 (1500 on ferry)
Hours driven/on ferry: 62.7 (57 on ferry)
So we survived. It was five long days on a ferry with no internet. Instead there were lots of books, movies and TV shows (we finished a season of Mad Men and Parenthood). And honestly it wasn’t SO bad disconnecting from the outside world for a bit and just hanging out. There was a lot of sleeping, reading, and just being with each other with no distractions.
We drove down from Anchorage to Whittier Monday afternoon and boarded our ferry at 9PM Monday evening. We slept hard and then spent the whole day on the boat Tuesday.
On Wednesday, we had a 3-hour break in Juneau and Q and I just LOVED it. It reminded us of a small New England beach town. It had such a personality and we enjoyed having a beer and eating fried shrimp on the dock.
On Thursday we had a few hours in Ketchikan and we honestly didn’t really need them… Ketchikan is no Juneau, but Q and I did enjoy hopping off the boat and going for a long walk to shake our legs out.
Friday was our last day on the boat and I luckily had some homework to do while we packed up our little cabin and got ready to dock on Saturday morning.
Early Saturday morning we docked in Bellingham and hit the road… more on that tomorrow!
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And that cute striped tee from this post I am wearing is on serious sale at Gap now !
Miles driven so far: 360
Hours driven: 5.5
Q and I hit the road Friday morning and headed down to Anchorage to visit with some of our favorite people, The Bulls. It was a little rainy when we arrived Friday night and then we got a whole bunch of snow overnight. Q and I joked that we brought the snow down with us from Fairbanks. Since Anchorage is further south than Fairbanks and closer to the water, they don’t get as much snow as we do and their temperatures don’t get nearly as nasty. The payoff is that Fairbanks has very clear, very sunny summers and Anchorage is usually a little overcast like Seattle all year long.
Saturday we went to one of my favorite places to visit: the zoo! This zoo had just gotten a 3-month old baby polar bear from the wild. Some native Alaskan hunters killed a mama polar bear (they are legally allowed to) and realized it was nursing. They tracked down the bear hut and found this baby stranded and called Animal Control who transported him to the zoo. He was JUST like a puppy: playing, clumsy, and plain ol’ adorable!
This zoo is fully outside and stays open year round even when the temps drop below 0. No matter what climate the animals were original from, they all live in the snow now and have adapted to their new habitat.
Sunday, my girlfriend and I drove 20-minutes outside of the city to a lake, which was still frozen from the winter. We hiked around the lake and I took in the beauty of Alaska one last time. Truly the last frontier.
And we couldn’t stop in Anchorage without going to the world famous (yes world!) Moose’s Tooth pizza. Q and I dream about the pizza here!
Next stop: the ferry from Whittier to Bellingham!
Q and I embarked on our 12-day adventure across the country yesterday. We said farewell to Fairbanks and started on our trek down south. Now this isn’t a normal road trip seeing as we are in Alaska, which is not in the middle of the Pacific Ocean next to Hawaii where most maps make you believe it is. Instead this puppy is WAY up North. There are two ways to get out of this enormous, very northern state: drive through Canada on the Alcan Highway (1400 miles of ill maintained roads and gas stations close to 300 miles apart) or take the ferry (five days along the interior passage of Alaska). We chose the ferry route. Q took the ferry on the way up by himself and said while it was rather boring (no internet, tv, phone service), it was gorgeous. So we decided that it would be a lot more fun this time around since I was going with him and we would be well prepared!
Before hopping on the ferry in Whittier (lower Alaska), we are spending the weekend with our dear friends, The Bulls, in Anchorage. Anchorage is about a 45-minute drive down to Whittier and we get on the ferry late on Monday night.
When we depart the ferry a week from today (that’s going to be a long five days on that ferry!), we will hit the road running and make stops in Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and Tennessee before finally arriving in Georgia in about 11 days from now. I will (hopefully) be updating you along the way, except of course during our 5-day ferry “honeymoon.” I’ll try and get some posts done this weekend so y’all have something to read here while I am incommunicado!
So that’s it! Let the adventure begin!