By Natalee Haldeman, Uniquely Northwest Project Manager
As the summer winds down in Alaska and the season begins to turn, the cruise ships wrap up their busy schedule and the community of Alaska turns another leaf. But before the local hearty souls take on another Alaskan winter there is a magnificent autumn to relish. Even with Alaska as one of our prime destinations, I myself was not familiar with this beautiful time of year until I had the pleasure of visiting Anchorage on a recent Familiarization Trip in mid-September.
To my surprise, the weather was relatively mild and the days were still long. After visiting just a few months before in July, I was delighted by the lack of crowds in September. But the best treat of all were the already-brilliant mountains with an added layer of beautiful color from the changing flora and fauna.
The most rewarding experience of the visit was conquering my fear of kayaking. After a flipping incident a few years back, I had not really enjoyed kayaking and had mostly avoided the activity when possible. But after arriving to beautiful Chugach State Park and seeing the view from Eklutna Lake I knew this was an opportunity I should not pass up. After sharing my history of falling in with our amazing guide, he took it upon himself to rid me of the fear and personally joined me in a double kayak. After only 20 minutes or so out on the water I was comfortable and fully capable. I could not thank our guide enough for an amazing experience and will highly recommend him to anyone that travels to Anchorage.
Before leaving Anchorage I learned a very fun local term; the first dusting of snow on the mountains is lovingly called “termination dust” as it marks the end of summer and the approach of winter.
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