Apparently I have this thing for Alaska. I guess you could call it something like a schoolgirl crush, because I think this place is soooo dreamy. I think about it all the time, and get excited thinking about the next time I’ll see it.
This trip being my second time there, I was so ready to explore new places and revisit the spots I went to last time. Thankfully, I was going at a better time of year, when everything would be much more green and verdant than the previous year. I was staying with my dear friends the Adams’ again, and I was so excited to meet their little boy, Rowan, who was just past six months old at the time.
I was booked as the videographer for the wedding of Allison Adams and Peter Ellert, and I couldn’t resist spending a few extra days in the area so I could adventure around with my friends! Luckily Grace is as adventurous as myself, and is a talented photographer at that, so she knew all the best places for us to go. I couldn’t wait.
I flew into Alaska way too late at night, but goodness the views were spectacular! Flying in over those majestic mountains was something special, and I felt my heart swell just looking at the peaks blanketed with snow and glaciers.
I slept well that night, dreaming of all the adventures to be had on the days ahead of me. Grace and I took the next morning easy, playing with Rowan and puppy Nora, and I took some sweet photos of Mama and Rowan, which you can see here. In the evening we took off into the mountains. Grace assured me the mountains above her in-laws home were spectacular at sunset, and I had no doubt she would be right. We took Grace’s dog Nora and her friend’s dog Lucy along with us as we packed up our bags and hiked into the wild.
I’ll tell you right now, this was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been. And I’ve been a lot of places.
Just take a look for yourself.
That’s me! That little dot up there on the mountain! Grace took this and the next shot while I scrambled around in a little white dress that was far too short for the environment… Don’t worry, that’s not what I wore to hike up the mountain. 😉
Of course I had to take some photos of my beautiful friend up in that stunning place, and I brought the perfect dress for her to wear. Poor girl had to suffer through the cold for me, but I’m so glad she did.
Isn’t she the cutest??
I still can’t believe how gorgeous this place was. Even when I think about it now it feels like a dream. The way the fog and clouds swirled around the peaks of the mountain took our breath away, and the views all around were so spectacular.
God has created some pretty incredible places in this big wide world.
A couple of days later, Grace and I went out on a cold and blustery day to explore the area around Girdwood and Portage. I needed to get some photos for a company I shoot for called Indy Brand Clothing, and I figured a rainy day was as good as any to get out and explore 😉
To see the full set of images from this shoot, take a look here.
We drove through the mountains, trying to find a good place to see the glacier that came down from this peak, but it was beginning to rain harder, and we figured it probably required a hike to get to the base of the glacier. We got out of the car as the rain began to fall in sheets around us and laughed as we walked across this bridge, pelted with raindrops.
Oh to be back in this beautiful place. Alaska in the rain is one of the most gorgeous things in the world, I think. I was amazed and bewildered by everything I saw around me as we drove back through the mountain pass. The clouds hung low over the forests, the rain had made the rivers overflow their banks, but very few people were out in the weather like we were. Their loss 😉 It was the very definition of perfection. (While I do love summer and warm weather, I’ll take any chance I can get to be out in rainy, overcast landscapes.)
Grace and I had so many awesome conversations that day, about everything from photography to life to love to marriage to travel to dogs. Haha it’s always a good day when I get to spend it with my dear Grace 🙂
I am so in love with all the beauty that Alaska holds. It is certainly at the top of my recommendation list for anyone wanting a new place to travel to.
The next set of images from my Alaskan travels are coming soon, and you won’t want to miss them 🙂 Stay tuned!