Photo Essay: Wild Alaska

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The theme of #FriFotos this week is “WILD,” and I can’t think of any destination I’ve been to so far that better embodies this the word than Alaska.

Here, then, are some of my best photos from wild Alaska:

This first batch comes from the capital city of Juneau. For the best wild views here, head up the Mount Roberts Tramway, or catch a ride out to the Mendenhall Glacier. It was here 2 summers ago that I saw my very first glacier up-close.

Juneau, Alaska

View from the top of Mount Roberts

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier up close

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

The next group comes from in and around Skagway, a little former-mining-town-turned-tourist-mecca. Here, find the best wild views by venturing out of town a bit. This could include renting a car and driving into the nearby mountains, or riding the White Pass and Yukon Route railway along the old gold mining route.

Skagway, Alaska

Sunrise over Skagway from the harbor

Yakutania Point, Skagway, Alaska

Yakutania Point

White Pass, Alaska

Riding the rails up to White Pass

White Pass, Alaska

White Pass

White Pass, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

Skagway tidal flats

Lastly, here are some wild and beautiful photos from Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Sailing through this passage in June was both cold and calm, but well worth getting up at 6 a.m. for.

Tracy Arm Fjord, Sawyer Glacier, Alaska

Sawyer Glacier up ahead

Iceberg, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Iceberg!

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Such calm water

Alaska

Midnight sun - almost literally; this was at 11 p.m.!

These wild photos have convinced me that I definitely need to spend some more time in Alaska.

Which “wild” photo is your favorite?

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