Apr 18, 2014
Before my family came to visit I was racking my brain as to what to take them to do. We are in break-up right now, also known as "spring" in Alaska. Everything is melting, its raining, some days are warm(er) and sunny, others are cold with on and off snow showers. Nothing is lush and green, but nothing is blanketed in snow either. Its just a state of mud everywhere. So to be honest there is not too much to explore. But Alaska is the furthest thing from Las Vegas, so really showing them anything is going to be an experience. Girdwood is one of my favorite places to spend the day, and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is down there as well. This place is like a zoo on steroids! Can you say bears?
I was hoping that the bears would be awake, and sure enough when we pulled in the guy at the gate told us the bears had just woken up yesterday, I got skills when it comes to timing!! I mean only in Alaska can you be mere feet from a brown bear with only a little wire fence between you. It is amazing! We all got out of the car and just marveled at these animals. The boys had me cracking up with their commentary.
"mom dat is a bear"
"he is going to eat us"
"shhhh you had to be quiet or he gunna bite you"
"whoa whoa whoa dat is a huuuuge bear"
"o o o he getting up mom, mom he getting up"
The conservation center is a huge plot of land that you can drive through and stop at the different animal exhibits. You can go at your own pace, which is nice with toddlers. But being that you are driving around further and further from the visitors center you are also further and further from the bathrooms. So when Ace announces that he has to "pee and can't hold it" you kind of want to hit your head against the car window. This time I had a car full of people, we are outside yes, but at a wildlife refuge, I doubt being one with natural would go over well. So I pulled out a diaper, got peed on in the process of trying to get it on him....but what would an outing be without a pee story?
A little Aunt and Uncle time with the boys! It is hard to believe I left home when my little sister was Ace's age! Now look at them, full fledged teenagers!
It really is amazing to see places like this that take in animals and rehabilitate them, or provide them with a safe home in the beautiful backdrop of the Chugach Mountains!
Being a military family really does have its perks, not only for us who get to live in different places. But for the family members that come to visit us. I don't think that my brother and sister had ever anticipated visiting Alaska. But sure enough this is where they find themselves on their spring break, and we could not feel more spoiled by having them here!!