April 8th 2009

View of Byron Glacier
NOTE: To participate in the Q & A with Julie, click on the comments link at the end of the article. By Julie Johnson, Walk Leader & Designer Mom practically had to drag me kicking and screaming onto an airplane to Alaska for my family’s first visit in 1978.She just knew I’d love Alaska….and she was right.What started out as a 'pain in the neck trip' eventually led me to discover my lifelong passion for hiking and for Alaska.Over the years, I’ve created a list of favorite hikes ranging from long wilderness treks to easy, contemplative walks. My 'hobby' has even resulted in employment, including a contract with the National Park Service where travel on-foot into some of Alaska’s most remote national park ghost towns and trails was required to conduct research. I am absolutely thrilled to share my love of Alaska with my Wayfarers friends.I’ve designed the week-long walk to appeal to curious travelers who want to feel and see and smell an Alaska that just can’t be experienced from the inside of a tour bus.The hikes are all easy to moderate and combine a variety of landscapes and attractions. I’ve also combined hikes with some of Alaska’s most fun and adventurous attractions, including a ride on the Alaska Railroad, a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, a trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and you’ll get to meet the real stars of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race -- Alaskan Huskies!You will definitely need your camera for this trip! I'll be checking the blog regularly to answer your questions about Alaska. Just click on the comments link below, leave your comments and questions and I'll respond to them. I'm also available to phone you personally to answer your questions. Call The Wayfarers' Newport Office on 1-800-249-4620 and I'll get right back to you!

NOTE: To participate in the Q & A with Julie, click on the comments link at the end of the article.


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