Exploring Portage Valley, AK

One of our favorite spots to explore and play it out in Portage Valley. Located just 45 minutes outside of Anchorage, it winds back into heavy woods to offer secluded campsites, access to Portage Glacier, Portage River, and one the of the longest tunnels (2.5 miles of enclosed highway) in North America to open up to the small seaside city of Whittier and surrounding Prince William Sound.


In addition to the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, there are numerous trails to hike as well with guided boat and hiking tours. Whether a full-fledged adventurer or a newbie, there is something for everyone and that is what we love the most!

The dogs always have a great time running themselves silly, and we get in a nice hike and fresh air ourselves 🙂



Exploring Portage Valley, AK

Quartz Creek, AK

Let me tell you a little something about Alaskan men. They like to be outside. A lot.

6 am rolls around a Sunday back and I’m greeted to the day with, “B is bailing on fishing today.” Then crickets.

Before I know what I’m doing, I’m rolling over with, “Do you want ME to come with you?”

Not expecting a yes, that’s of course what he exclaimed.


After pulling on layers, throwing on a hat, grabbing puddle boots and feeding the dogs – we hopped into our loaded Nissan and pulled away from the house headed to Coopers Landing which is about a 2-hour drive south from our city.

Let me set the scene: we caffeinate, we get breakfast, we hit the twisty highway leading out of town and out of cell service. We blast music and sing at the top of our lungs. There might be some dancing, and definitely some rain.

We had a blast. Impromptu, refreshing, and fun. This is why I’m marrying this man. The days are never boring and he makes an otherwise lazy Sunday morning an adventure. This is a blessed life and I’m so grateful.


Quartz Creek, AK