Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Alaskan Drizzle..Wait for the Rain.




If I could describe it in words, I would have a best seller with my name on it. If my picture taking abilities could replace the thousand words that I would like to say, I’d never have to speak again (That swwwishhh was Pi rushing to enroll me in a photography class). For now you have to make do with a short summary of the trip and mediocre photos.

Day 1/Seattle: SIL, thanks for the hiking pants handed to me in the Seattle airport. We were inseparable. I spent the rest of the 10 days farting in it. Will return it to you soon.

Day 2/Seward: Portage Glacier wasn’t one of the 50 glaciers we saw on the way and called out, ‘Look Look, Wow Portage Glacier.’ It was the one we saw after paying a substantial amount for a cruise that took us right to it through the back alleyway.



Day 3/Anchorage: Blamed Pi for not explicitly telling the Bed & Breakfast lady that we preferred vegetarian breakfast. Considered smearing all the bacon pieces in Pi’s underwear out of abject hunger.

Lost one sock. So kept the other one visible to trap the thief. I still possess only one sock. N looks at a lame guy crossing the road with crutches and exchanges meaningful glances with us. Jeez, how insensitive!

Day 4/Talkeetnas: We were feeling at home on Ruth Glacier with the majestic Mt McKinley looming over us. Blissful moments cut short by bitchy pilot, Erica, who wanted to go home early.



Day 5/Talkeetnas: CafĂ© Mitchell was the best food we had in ages and when the bill arrived, we agreed that pleasing our palates shouldn’t be our highest priority.

Day 6/Denali National Park:

Backpacking tip- Make loud noise so that you won’t encounter or surprise a grizzly bear.

Us: ‘Hey Bear! Hey Bear! Lalaala. Dumdeedadum! Kaliaa, Kitne bhalu the?

Suicidal person in our group: ‘Shhh..Shut up, you are scaring them away! I wan’t to see one.’ Day 7/Denali National Park: Wish I didn’t have to burn right glove by lifting scalding water off the stove. Now I have one glove. N doesn’t say a word about single handed people, but does give me a helpful suggestion. ‘Cut the fingers off so you can scratch your head.’

I spot a bear cub rushing across. Since I was the only one who spotted it, the fact remains under contention among the group.


Day 8/Denali National Park: The sun setting at midnight was rather disturbing. Not to mention, rising at ungodly hours like 4 am. Add to this phenomenon, Pi's snoring. Sleep deprived? Nod.



Day 9/Denali National Park: No more Ptarmigan sightings, Judy. No please! The bus driver pulls over to show us squirrels this time. ‘Oh, look look, The squirrel is chasing a Ptarmigan.’ Judy is the most patient when it comes to these idiotic creatures.

Author’s note: Ptarmigan is a fancy name for a bird that looks like a quail. It just sits with it’s family on the roadside waiting for eager tourists to look out and click pictures with their 20X zoom digital SLR. When the picture is visualized with bated breath, the bird looks like a freaking bird. When you don’t see grizzlies by the dozen, you get a bigger aversion to these innocent birds, like I did.

We saw Alaskan Huskies leading a sled. New words learnt- mushing, Iditirod race, Susan Butcher, Balto, Yukon Quest



Day 10/Fairbanks: Nothing to do in Fairbanks. We eat in Thai place.

Day 11/Fairbanks: Why the hell are we still in Fairbanks? We eat icecream.

I get chased by 2 extremely ferocious pit-bulls on the road. I survive to tell this tale.

Day 12/Enroute to Anchorage: Met hikers at the airport and exchanged stories. I did brag about the cub sighting. At least they seemed to believe me. We agreed wholeheartedly that there is no place like Alaska in the whole world. Breathtaking, simply breathtaking and yeah, just breathtaking. They didn't get to see Mt McKinley (Denali) the whole time they were there because the mountain was covered by clouds. I quickly pulled out my camera and gloated about my luck and how close we were to Denali. I showed her this picture.

She invited me to London to come and stay with her...maybe to poison me out of sheer jealousy.

33 comments:

B o o said...

YAY! You are .. alive and back! :)))

theblogtobeat said...

Wow!

That long wait was worth it. Beautiful post.

sunshine said...

heyyyy u're back! great post... gotta put on my contact lenses n look at it again..

Anonymous said...

amazing pics, sounds like an awesome trip!!!

-star

anantha said...

Are the two pit-bulls fine? Did they bite you? Did they survive? I have to ask this because they probably had to run behind and take bites off a pair of hiking pants that were unwashed and saturated with 10 day old fart! Pavam, those dogs, no?

And yes, good fun, huh? And decent pics to show too. One day I shall put my 12X optical zoom digital camera to good use too.

Hardu said...

Wonderful pictures. Hope I can go to Alaska sometime too. :)

bloghopper said...

Why did ya have to put bacon into pi's underwear ? As if he didn't have any in the first place ! He he ....

Nice Pix and a great post !

bloghopper said...

Why did ya have to put bacon into pi's underwear ? As if he didn't have any in the first place ! He he ....

Nice Pix and a great post !

:-) said...

Wow...

Zoheb said...

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Anonymous said...

looks divine!

Anonymous said...

"Considered smearing all the bacon pieces in Pi’s underwear out of abject hunger."

b.h. already got to this one. all i can say is "ashes to ashes and dust to dust"

"Lost one sock." ... "Now I have one glove."

having already paid an arm and a leg for the excursion, why complain about parting with a sock and a glove?

"I spot a bear cub rushing across. Since I was the only one who spotted it, the fact remains under contention among the group."

well, fortunately for your group, the cub's mom was also among those who failed to spot her cub running amuck among humans (or, from her point of view, vice versa).

"... when the bill arrived, we agreed that pleasing our palates shouldn’t be our highest priority."

that rates as a fib in my book. it was pleasing your conscience that you made your highest priority, not your palate. how can you say anything about your palates when you never even tested/tasted other stuff? (*that was my evil non-veg twin speaking*)

"She invited me to London to come and stay with her..."

sw1, sw2 aur ab londonwali. *in best tiku tulsania rendition (with due apologies to gen x-ers)* pi, ye kyaa ho rahaa hai?

- s.b.

p.s.: thanks for the great scenic views and absence of patel photos. ok, maybe you could have added one of erica and the pit bulls (for compare/contrast purposes) as a bonus. :-)

Rationale said...

Err... you can keep the pants! (Cheap trick to get them btw :D)

I loved staring at the glaciers, the "icy-blue" colors were lovely, and when they come crashing down into the waters... *sigh* I want to go back! :((

VC said...

flight tickets - $300.
b & b - $150.
digital camera - $250.
hiking clothes from SIL - $0.
being able to just let it rip in the open spaces of Alaska and bugging the shit out of fellow hikers who refuse to believe bear cub sighting - PRICELESS!!!!

shark said...

WOW! You seemed to have had a great trip...:) Alaska surely looks amazing... I have heard other people also raving about it. Hope I can also visit that place one day....!

Hehhhh said...

I tell you, you MUST write for The Looney Planet.

Errr... Lonely.

: )

Ash said...

Hmpf ! I am SO jealous.

SportSnob said...

Bloody Beautiful! Awesome pics. I just want to drop everything am doing and head there for a fortnight :) Even Ladakh would do I guess

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

wow. lovely fotus. can only imagine...how beautiful it all was.

Patrix said...

Lovely pictures....Alaska sure looks beautiful unlike the white barren wasteland that we often visualize.

KJ said...

super pics........Alaska seems to b a fabulous place.

looks like u had a fantastic holiday..

:)

KJ

anumita said...

What a FABULOUS holiday!!

Grey Shades said...

LOLLL! Great pictures and a lovely holiday you seem to have had! Attagirl!

Swapna said...

Wow... nice pics. :) Sounds like a great trip ....

meenaa said...

fairbanks is called the armpit of america.....now you know why.......next time hit south towards valdez.....great hiking there too.

Tinky Toinkers said...

hmph.
lucky bitch.
hmph.

Fishy said...

Awesome pictures, looks like you ahd a lot of fun!! welcome back... i have seem snow only 7 times in my life :( but i did make a snow angel once :D

Anonymous said...

where is the rain?

None said...

Awesome!

ramya

White Magpie said...

Lovely pics..

AmitL said...

LOL.Twin,even a travelogue doesn't get spared from your sense of humour.Farting in hiking pants(Arre,owner ko nahin lautana ho to there's so many other ways to say it),smearing bacon pieces in Pi's UW,staring at a lame guy to see if he stole your sock,hehehehehe...good going.Pics were also nice.:).BTW,did u write a blog anniversary post?I forgot.:)

alpha said...

THANKS PEOPLE!!!!! Yes, I took all these pics..me me! Sorry can't catch up with all individually...

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