BUCKET LIST / GROUP TRAVEL
Alaska is one of the few places in the world that is exactly as they depict on television: vast, rugged, cold, wild, challenging. Eighty guests traveled to The Last Frontier to experience it as if they were living inside of a Discovery Channel documentary on the 49th state.
Starting in Anchorage, charter planes take guests to Homer and their itinerary is full of immersive activities. From halibut fishing in Kachemak Bay, touring around the islands and coves by boat, kayaking around sea life, learning the history at the museum, exploring the land on horseback, and window shopping in the shops on the Homer Spit, Homer is filled with fun to get an active education.
Seaplanes were brought in from throughout the Kenai Peninsula and the group flew to Brooks Falls to interact with grizzly bears. Perched above the waterfall with mouths agape for spawning salmon flying overhead, guests watch as the bears jostle with each other for the best fishing spot. Along for the ride is Les Stroud, known on TV as Survivorman. Les provides an in-depth education of the behavior of the animals and tips on how to survive in such a wild environment.
LUNCH ON A GLACIER
Next, planes on skis take guests to Denali. Seeing the glacier from above is spectacular, but landing on it to have lunch is inconceivable. Feeling the cold air, watching the clouds zoom past, and hearing the snowpack underfoot makes for a memorable meal.
Two more spectacular meals round out the experience. The calving glaciers outside of Whittier are a natural phenomenon. On the menu is locally-sourced seafood, Alaska’s biggest export. Deadliest Catch has shown us the struggles of fishing in the rough waters of the Bering Sea, and three featured cast members join to share all things Alaskan fishing: Captain Harley Davidson, and deckhands Matt Bradley and David “Big Bird” Sheetz.
The final dinner in Homer is hosted by the Kilcher family, whose show Alaska: The Last Frontier is one of the longest running on television. Family members welcome guests to their family homestead and share stories of growing up on the property, clearing the land, suffering through the winters, and gardening.
As the sun glistens off the glacier across Kachemak Bay, Atz Kilcher, singer Jewel’s father, sings folk songs to the guests to wrap up an incredible week of living in authentic Alaska.