Speed and brute force are enough to get you there… or over the edge into the ocean. I’m not generally a scare-di-cat on the road, but driving along side the ocean with mountains on the other side and no where to go, when big trucks go buzzing around you at way higher than speed limit speeds, even I get a little nervous. And these people drive this road on ICE. SHEETS OF ICE for months at a time.
But the view is amazing. Totally AMAZING. I was impressed even more with every twist and turn of the road. I loved the mountain side, the ocean side and the mountains on the other side of the bay. Beautiful mountains with snow caps, burn marks from the forest fires and magnificent valleys filled up with fog, smoke and clouds. To say impressive would not be nearly enough.
Sunlight streaming through the clouds onto the water was amazing. The photos do not do justice to the skies in Alaska. Gray in many colors, many values, always changing, always different, ever awesome as the Creator who designs them. I could feel his presence as we drove along the highway.
Rainbows in Alaska are HUGE, vast bits of sky that offer brilliance in person, but are not so photogenic, this amazing feller danced before us, daring us to capture him on film, and even in this photo appears almost illusive, though you can almost catch a glimpse of him there beyond the first hill against the green pines, framed by the cloud. Blue skies in Alaska appear readily, right beyond the clouds as the blue sky in this photo, shared in small glimpses of the incredible heavens above. The narrow strip of ocean that runs between the massive mountains is actually a bay, deep enough to welcome ships with plenty of water for whale watching, and many other pleasant excursions. I somehow managed not to get a photo of the one boat we saw in the bay, a huge cruise ship skirting the mountains, filled with passengers.
Through every turn of the road, I was amazed at the incredible, majestic views of mountains, ever changing cloud formations and the depth of the views. The mountains were so close, I felt as if I might reach out and touch them, and yet on the other side of a very cold bay. The sweet aroma of burning pine fills the air in the bay as the mountains on the other side burned, forest fires are not effected rains Alaska has experienced recently. A big part of what appears to be clouds between the mountains on the other side, was actually smoke and steam.
And even after driving for several hours along roads where moose are reportedly seen daily, I’ve seen no evidence that Alaska has moose.
However, I did have the most mischievous tour guide. That sparkle in his eye showed up about the time the rainbows started dancing overhead, so I had begun to think he might be an Irish Leprechaun until I recognized those dimples. There’s just no way in the world to mistake those dimples as anything less than his mama’s little treasure. That little tater is our Kade! And this my friends is the most valuable memory of the entire tour of Alaska.