Road Trip: From Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Road trips are our thing. We love a good road trip. 

When we lived in Alaska, our favourite thing to do during our summer weekends was to pack up the car with our outdoor gear and just drive. Drive to explore new places and spaces, down roads we had never been. 

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

When planning our Alaskan adventure this time around, we knew the three(ish) hour trip down to the Kenai Peninsula to visit friends was a must. We had done the drive a handful of times before, but this time was a bit different. Not only did we have a little one in tow this trip, Anchorage had been blanketed by dense fog the days leading up to our road trip. We knew that there was the potential the drive could get a bit dicey going through the mountains pass. But, as they say in Alaska, you can't plan around the weather. 

Despite the weather, the drive down to what is affectionately known as "Alaska's Playground" is always an adventure, and one serious visual buffet. 

Hop in the car. Let me take you on a scenic road trip from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

It’s 9:30am on an early November day. We hit the Seward Highway and head south out of Anchorage just as the sun is rising. The dense blanket of fog and cotton candy skies make the first leg of the journey along the Turnagain Arm especially stunning, and easily the most dramatic. 

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

As we leave the “big city” behind, the highway narrows to two lanes, and is sandwiched between Potter Marsh on our left and the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet on our right. 

Potter Marsh is a favourite for nature lovers, often welcoming snow goose on their migratory stopover, spawning salmon, bald eagles and the occasional moose. Maybe we’ll stop there on the way back, hoping the fog has lifted.

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

Past the marsh, the road begins to wind - this time, we have the ebbing and flowing tide of the Cook Inlet on our right and the steep rocky cliffs of the Chugach State Park on our left. A bit of a change of scenery. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the white specks in the mountains - they may just be dall sheep.

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

We’re in a bit of a time crunch. But, if we could, we would stop at one, or more, of the many scenic lookouts or tiny towns along the way - Beluga Point, Bird Point, Girdwood and Portage Valley, just to name a few.

As we pass the Portage Valley turnoff, where you would catch the access tunnel to Whittier and Prince William Sound, we begin to wind ourselves around the tip of the Turnagain Arm. Again, the scenery changes. Now with mountains as far as the eyes can see. We have officially reached Turnagain Pass. 

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip
Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

Continuing on the highway, we make a short pit stop to get our photo taken at the Kenai Peninsula welcome sign. A must do.

Back on the highway, a sign for Hope suddenly appears. Seeing as we’re on an adventure, let’s go down a road we’ve never traveled and check out the small town. Population 192. 

And, just as quick as we arrive, we turn back around to the highway. I'm sure its a beautiful, bustling little town in the summer, but in early November, there's not a soul in sight. 

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip
Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

At Tern Lake, we take a slight right at the fork and meet up with the Sterling Highway, one of Alaska's Scenic Byways. This highway is a popular place in the summer months as it leads to some of the best fishing spots along the Kenai River. 

During a road trip in the summer, its not rare to see shoulder to shoulder “combat” salmon fishing along the banks of the turquoise-coloured Kenai and Russian Rivers, or the odd bear wandering the banks in search of its next meal. 

This area truly is Alaska’s Playground, and is also a haven for rafting, flight seeing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and more. This time of year the bears are sleeping, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and moose!

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

Continuing on, we pass the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and drive through the small towns of Sterling and Soldotna. Not far from Sterling is Funny River. You may have heard about the terrible forest fire that happened there a few years back. 

If you hook a right through Soldotna, you’ll be taken to the Peninsula’s namesake, the town of Kenai itself. 

Seeing as we've been in the car for a few hours now, lets make a pit stop for a snack at one of our favourite places in Soldotna - The Moose is Loose. Morley will tell you, they have the best apple fritter donuts. 

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

We're almost there, I promise.

Driving just a few miles past Soldotna, we’ve arrived at our destination of KasilofIf time allowed, we would keep on driving to the end of the Sterling Highway and reach Homer, the halibut fishing capital of Alaska. I highly recommend planning a trip to come back during the summer months for some halibut fishing on the Kachemak Bay, a must on anyone's Alaskan bucket list. 

Now that we're here, it's time to kick back and relax for a night while we catch up with some good friends.

Thanks for coming along, we hope you enjoyed the ride!

Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Road Trip

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Alaskan Adventure Recap

The time between we said, "Let's go!" and, "It's go time!" seemed to crawl by at a snail's pace. And when it finally came, it flew by in the blink of an eye. Vacation is never long enough.

We are officially back from our 10 day long whirl-wind Alaskan adventure. And what a whirl-wind it was. We fit so much into our time in the Last Frontier. I'm already ready to go back.

We flew into Anchorage in the middle of the night. It instantly brought flashbacks of when we first moved up there, almost exactly seven years ago to the very date and time. We had no idea what to expect at the time. This time was different though, we knew exactly what to expect as soon as the sun came up. And we couldn't wait to experience it all over again with little miss Morley in tow.

The week was spent catching up with friends, exploring our old hangouts and favourite spaces and eating and drinking at our favourite restaurants. Some good memories indeed.

We took a trip up the winding hillside road to Flattop Mountain. Safe to say, the wind and fog made our visit pretty short. Down on flat ground, we explored Kincaid Park in the city's west end. The Park holds a special place in our hearts because it is where we got engaged back in 2012. It is also a pretty surefire place to spot one of the many moose that call the city home. Except this time, the dense fog that blanketed the city prevented us from making it back to the beach and from seeing the moose Morley had her eyes open for.

Turns out, the two moose we did actually see (that weren't at the zoo) were eating the pumpkins off a friends' neighbours' front porch. As soon as Morley saw them, she instantly knew what they were. A mama and baby moose eating pumpkins. Almost two weeks later, she still talks about it. 

While visiting, a few people asked why we were crazy enough to visit when we did. It was cold, it was dark and the threat of snow was real. But, we knew what we were getting ourselves into. It also happened to work out with our vacation time. And, if we were visiting Alaska in October, it made sense to do so at Halloween because, well, Zoo Boo. 

We knew we'd be spending some time at the Alaska Zoo, so why not do so at Halloween with old friends (both people, furry and feathery). The Alaska Zoo's Zoo Boo was also voted the top trick or treating destination in the entire state. (I can't wait to share more about this place in a later post.)

Our trip also involved lots of food and drink.

Two years ago, friends opened a brewery located about 25 minutes outside of Anchorage, in Eagle River. A trip, or two, to Odd Man Rush topped our list of "must drink places". If you're in the Anchorage area, I highly recommend a visit. Their Enforcer IPA is one of my favourites. 

One of our favourite places to eat in the city is Moose's Tooth, a local brewery and pizza joint. We were no stranger during the week. Our favourites? The Spicy Thai Chicken (roasted chicken, red onions, bean sprouts, carrot threads, cilantro, mozzarella, provolone and peanut sauce) and the Backpacker (spinach, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, feta, mozzarella, provolone and garlic oil) pizzas and Fairweather IPA. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

After an amazing few days in Anchorage, we decided to take a drive south to visit friends on the Kenai Peninsula. With the weather in town being super foggy, we really didn't know what we were in for on the drive. But, as they say in AK, you can't plan around the weather.

The 3(ish) hour drive out of the city was stunning. The fog blanketed the Turnagain Arm making it a very scenic drive as the sun came up.

This is just a small taste of our family's recent Alaskan adventure. It's really hard to sum up the amount of fun we had and memories we made in a short 600 words. Morley had a permanent smile on her face the entire week, and we can't wait to start planning the next trip back.

Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!

Upcoming Alaska posts:
A Road Trip from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula
Favourite Anchorage Outdoor Spaces
The Alaska Zoo

Have you been to Alaska? I'd love to hear your favourite things to do and see!

Favourite Ontario Mom Bloggers (Part II)

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Today, I am excited to introduce you to Part II of my tribe, and my favourite Ontario mommy bloggers. Yes, its a big enough tribe to warrant two parts. But, a big tribe also means that it is a big supportive community of moms that blog, while finding time to juggle all of their other responsibilities in life. 

Check out Part I here. 

Like I mentioned in Part I, these women truly are the pros, and women I have truly enjoyed getting to know. And now, hopefully you will too.

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Jasmine from Jasmine and Littles

Describe yourself in 3 words. Thoughtful. Courageous. Friendly
What is your blog about? Mostly my life as a newish Mom.  I talk about the good and the bad, including mental illness and miscarriages. 
How/when did you start blogging? I have always journaled and have imagined about sharing my experience with Mental Illness. After writing a guest posts for my friend’s Erica’s Blog on my post partum psychosis I became inspired to start my own blog. I published my first post on January 1st of this year. 
What is your favourite thing about blogging? Having a place to share my thoughts and experiences beyond my journal. 
When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without? My journal - it’s where I brainstorm ideas and write rough drafts. My camera - I love that blogging has pushed me to actually use my DSLR instead of just snapping pics on my phone. Coffee - I love sipping on a hot coffee as I type away on my lap top.
What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why? Most of the time we stay pretty local and explore the various trails Oakville has to offer. My husband and I love wearing both our little ones in our carriers for these small adventures. Some places I would like to take the family to visit are Elora Gorge and Prince Edward County. I loved camping at Elora Gorge in the past and tubing down the river. Prince Edward County has been on my bucket list for years. 
Find Jasmine and Littles hereBlog  //  Facebook  //  Instagram

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Shira from Stop Drop and Makeup

Describe yourself in 3 words. Ambitious, quirky and easygoing (this is what I hear a lot so I'm going with it).
What is your blog about? My blog is about makeup. fashion and mommy moments. Since becoming a mom myself I found myself to be inundated with questions from new and young moms regarding their makeup and skincare routines. I underestimated how much a baby changes our daily routines until I had one myself. 
How/when did you start blogging? I had the idea for the past 2 years but only started  it in July this year. 
What is your favourite thing about blogging? I love having the opportunity  to share information with women who are in the same boat as me all over the world. 

When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without? My best friend Laura because she edits everything for me, the support from my tribe and my iPhone. 

What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why? I'm a city girl through and through. my absolute favourite thing to do is walk around the downtown core of Toronto exploring stores and restaurants. 

Find Stop Drop and Makeup here:  Blog  //  Instagram  //  Twitter

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Renee from My So-Called Mommy Life

Describe yourself in 3 words. Positive, Outgoing, Kind

What is your blog about? My blog is about parenting - sharing stories of being a mom to two kids, products we love, and experiences we've had. In 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer so I share about that too. 

How/when did you start blogging? I started blogging in May 2012! When I was pregnant with my daughter I became obsessive with researching baby products. If I was going to spend money on expensive baby items, I wanted to make sure I was getting the most perfect ones for our needs. My researching obsession then extended to classes, baby items, clothes etc. One day a friend at music class suggested I start a blog because I was so knowledgable. I laughed and then sat on the idea for a while. I decided it could be a great way to share all the information I've collected with more parents. So on May 8,2012 I pressed publish on my very first blog post

What is your favourite thing about blogging? This is a hard one because there are so many! I would have to say amazing experiences I would have otherwise not have! One highlight is meeting P!nk a few years ago! 

When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without?
My phone, my computer, and a portable charger (because my phone tends to die quickly when I use InstaStories!)

What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why? In Georgina. We spend our summers at a cottage in Keswick and there is something so amazing about near the water all day. And the sunsets we see nightly are amazing! 

Find My So-Called Mommy Life hereBlog  //  Instagram  //  Facebook

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Suzanne from Mostly a Mother

Describe yourself in 3 words. Loving. Driven. Balanced.

What is your blog about? My blog Mostly A Mother is a lifestyle blog about Motherhood, Food, Fashion and Travel. 

How/when did you start blogging? I started blogging when my son Owen was about 2 years old. It started as more of an online journal/keepsake for me.  Soon after I was approached by different companies to work with and it turned in to a business while I continued to make memories doing everything that I love.

What is your favourite thing about blogging? I love making connections with other people. I was the first out of my close girlfriends to have a baby and sometimes I felt really alone. It was nice to be able to share my challenges as a new mom, give fun tips and have people respond with their own experiences. 

When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without? My family, my camera, my iPhone. 

What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why?vToronto is easily my favorite place in Ontario. I have so many wonderful memories there including the night I met my husband at the Thompson Hotel. Whether you’re travelling alone, with your kids, friends or partner, Toronto has something for everyone and there is always something exciting going on. 

Find Mostly a Mother here:  Blog  //  Instagram  //  Facebook

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Monica from Maman on the Trail

Describe yourself in 3 words. Hiking camping mama.

What is your blog about? "Maman on the Trail" is a blog about the big and small adventures of myself, my husband, our toddler and our dog as we delve into the world of parenting, on and off the hiking trail. My blog's tagline is "Hiking. Camping. Parenting." but it’s much more than that! Blog posts include product reviews, anecdotes, recipes, tips & tricks and giveaways. And topics range from hiking and camping to cloth diapering, babywearing and other eco-friendly lifestyle choices.

How/when did you start blogging? I started blogging when my now 22-month old son was only 2 months old. I had been wanting to get into blogging for a while and loved reading the blogs of other moms, so I knew that motherhood would be the perfect jumping off point for me. Between my love for my son and my love for the outdoors, I found my niche and have been happily blogging away ever since. 

What is your favourite thing about blogging? My favourite thing about blogging is connecting – connecting with nature, connecting with my son, connecting with other parents and other bloggers, and having folks come back and tell me that all of these connections have in some way inspired them to make more connections themselves, with their kids, with the great outdoors, with me. 

When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without? My laptop, my phone (it's also my camera), and the great outdoors!

What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why? Because of the fact that my blog is centred around getting outside, I get asked this a lot. I absolutely love everywhere that we get outside, but I think if I had to choose I would say Frontenac Provincial Park – it is our nearest provincial park and has everything we need in terms of hiking, camping, paddling, exploring, etc. We never feel the need to wander farther, but do because time away from FPP makes us love it all the more. 

Find Maman on the Trail here:  Blog  //  Instagram  //  Facebook

And is it wrong if I throw myself in for good measure? After all, part of being successful is also believing in yourself first?

Best Ontario Mom Blogs

Mar from To & Fro

Describe yourself in 3 words. Loving. Easygoing. Courteous.

What is your blog about? To & Fro is a lifestyle and parenting blog where I share my two biggest passions in life - my family and the outdoors. Readers can find family friendly recipes and activities, outdoor adventures, parenting tips, reviews of places and products my family loves and more. 

How/when did you start blogging? To & Fro got its unofficial start in 2010 when an unexpected move took my then hockey-playing boyfriend and I over 4500 miles from home to Alaska. We lived there for three years, eventually moving back to Toronto where it continued as a journal. It didn’t become a serious side hustle until we were getting ready to welcome our now 19 month old daughter. 

What is your favourite thing about blogging? Hands down the connections I’ve made. Sure, free product and being able to create additional income for my family is not bad. But I truly would not be able to do that without the connections I have made in this industry, and the tribe I have surrounded myself with. 

When it comes to blogging, what are 3 things you can't live without? My laptop, my camera and my family (after all, they are my inspiration for most of my posts!).

What is your favourite place to get outside and explore in Ontario, and why? There are so many great places to explore in Ontario! Having grown up on Lake Huron, my favourite place to get outdoors is on the shores of the lake, either at my parents house or at our family cottage on the Bruce Peninsula. Fathom Five National Marine Park on the Bruce is also one of my favourite places to go scuba diving. 

Find To & Fro here >>  Blog  //  Instagram  //  Facebook

Who makes up your tribe? I'd love to hear!