Sep 132015
 


Today, I got the opportunity to photograph the super talented, aerialist, fire artist, and mermaid, Chantel Durelli! Such an amazing experience to be able to do this in beautiful Hawaii! @eccentricmermaidchantel #dance #dancephotography #dancer #firedancer #firepoi #firearts #hawaii #travel #sunset #jaanabaker #jaanabakerphotography #beautifuldestinations

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Jul 132013
 

Now that I am back home and settled, I can start posting some of the photos I’ve accumulated on our Alaska trip. The photos I will be posting here will be a sample of my collection, so if you are interested in seeing more, please feel free to view my vacation album on Flickr. It was a beautiful trip, constantly surrounded by delicious food and nature’s majesty, often together at once!

But first, we had to get on a plane…

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We brought small bottles of booze with us, and security didn’t say anything, so we thought it was kosher. Once we finished them, a flight attendant informed us that we weren’t supposed to bring alcohol on board, because “they can’t control how much we have.” Oops. Breakin’ the law.

We arrived at our hotel in Anchorage around midnight, and it was totally trippy stepping outside to bright sunlight like it was afternoon. The next day (it’s weird saying that because 3 hours of darkness made it feel like the days melded together), we met up with our travel party to travel from Anchorage to Whittier, which included our friend, Allen, and his family.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 Here is Blaine with Allen in his train engineer’s hat, which he was very excited about.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 On the way, we stopped by this vista called Beluga Point. Apparently, if you are lucky, you might see Beluga whales frolicking about, but we didn’t see any. =(

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 Back in the bus, Allen was very excited to be traveling parallel to a train. WOOWOO!

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 Another one of our stops was the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we saw some of Alaska’s amazing animals…

…like bears!

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 (Black ones!)

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 (Grizzly ones! They are bloody enormous!)

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 (And also adorable!)

Moose!

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Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1

And bald eagles!
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This is Adonis. He was found shot, and was rescued, but they had to amputate one of his wings.

After leaving the conservation center, we had to travel through this eerie tunnel.
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Whittier used to be a top-secret American naval base, and the only way to get there by road is through this narrow, one-way tunnel.

When we actually got to Whittier, we were met by a thick fog.
Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1
It was very Silent Hill.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 We stayed at The Inn at Whittier, which was a very quaint little harbor hotel with amazing views of the bay. We immediately put our stuff down, pronounced our state of starvation, and ventured out to look for something to eat.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1 Allen’s family had coupons for this fish ‘n chips restaurant, so it was easy to decide where to eat. The conversation went something like this: “Fish and chips?” “HELL YEAH FISH AND CHIPS.” Done.

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The inside of the restaurant.

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Blaine lets me take a picture of him while we wait for our food. So handsome. =)

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The food was delicious, and I had Alaskan beer for the first time. I decided to go with the Amber, and it paired very well with the fish ‘n chips, which was the best we had during the whole trip.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1
Blaine and Allen dig in!

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1
Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped by this store to get some local fudge. It was delicious, and lasted throughout our whole trip. Also, I thought this sign was super cute.

Alaska & Seattle Vacation - 2013-06-28 - Day 1
When we got back to the inn, there was a wild bald eagle just chillin’ on a tower just outside the building. Keep in mind, by this time it was about 10 PM, so I was pooped! After photographing the eagle, that was it for me. Day 1 of our Alaskan adventure was awesome, and the wildlife, the wonderful food, and the breathtaking scenery all set the tone very well for our whole trip. Up next, Day 2; we board a cruise ship and prime ourselves for lethargy and diabetes! Stay tuned!