Dear readers, I need your assistance…

Sasieology is all about visiting new places and trying new experiences. When I first started this blog, I challenged myself to visit at least one new place and try at least one new experience or activity every year. I have certainly achieved that target in 2015.

In January, I went skiing in Andorra

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I managed to squeeze in a camping weekend to Watchet in Somerset…

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My big adventure of the year started in Sacramento, CA…

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Before a whirlwind tour of the Northwest coast of the USA, stopping in Portland

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… and Seattle

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Then I chilled out on the deck of an Alaska Marine Highway ferry for three nights…

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When I arrived in Alaska, I visited so many amazing places like KetchikanHaines, Skagway, Anchorage, Homer, Seward, Whittier, Valdez, McCarthy, Kennecott, Tangle Lakes and Denali. I also got to try glacier walking, and I took a flightseeing tour over Wrangell St Elias National Park…

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Back in Cardiff, I used my detective skills to give a murder mystery a try…

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And I also chilled out in a massage workshop with my friend Alicia…

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Now that 2015 is almost over, it’s time to think about next year. Call me crazy, but I have decided to try and do even more next year. My plan is to visit 12 new places and try 12 new experiences, one for each month of the year.

So, I need your help to generate some ideas. I already have some trips planned, and some ideas of activities that I’d like to try. But, what do you think should be on my list for 2016? I will only consider ideas that are vegan-friendly, and I will probably be staying within Europe, but I would love to hear what you all think. 🙂

 

Flying High Over Wrangell St Elias

Please note, this post is part of a series. Click here to read it from the beginning.

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From the choice of activities we had at Wrangell St Elias National Park, our decisions were vey much weather dependent. If it had ended up raining for three days, I probably would have gone rafting. Well, you might as well if you’re going to get wet anyway. On our first day there, a layer of grey cloud covered the sky. My hope of taking one of the flightseeing excursions with Wrangell Mountain Air looked like it was going down the drain. Then, at the end of a really long and tiring day of activities, the sun came out just in time to catch the last flight. And boy, am I glad I made that decision.

Flying over the national park in a small, six-seater plane really helps you to understand the scale of it and how all the different parts fit together. Distances and sizes in the park are so huge, at some points you feel you are going to fly right into a mountain when in fact you are still over a kilometre away. The views of the mountains and glaciers from above are incredible. Our pilot, Bill, chatted to us and told us all about the area as we clicked away with our cameras. Bill was just as good as our guides on the ground, and helped us gain a new perspective of the park and life there.

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There are so many activities to choose from in McCarthy and Kennecott, but flightseeing is definitely one of the best ways to see the national park.

Useful Info:

70 minute flightseeing tour: $205

Hello from Rainy Denali

Wow! I’ve done soooo much since I last posted. We’ve been making our way across Alaska, where most of our stops have limited internet access hence me not posting. It’s taken me a whole day and over 5 attempts to upload these photos!

We left Valdez and headed into Wrangell St Elias national park, probably everyone’s favourite place on the trip. We stayed in a town called McCarthy (year-round population 25-40, depending on who you ask). It is such a cool place, and I think we are really privileged to have stayed there because not many people get to.

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I joined in with the weekly softball game (by the way, I was the only person from my group who played)…

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Whilst in the national park, I did an amazing glacier walk on crampons…

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I went on a tour of the copper mill in Kennecott…

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And I also took a flightseeing tour so I could see the glaciers and icefield from above…

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Unfortunately, once we arrived in Denali national park the good weather I’ve had for the past three weeks left and we haven’t been able to see much. I was hoping to at least see part of Mt McKinley/Denali, but even the mountains in front of it weren’t visible.

DSC_0321 DSC_0325Our eight hours sat on the bus through Denali national park weren’t completely wasted, though. We saw a brown bear, caribou and more moose. So, even though I didn’t get to see the mountain, I’ve ticked off my list all the wildlife that I wanted to.

We’re driving back to Anchorage tomorrow, then I have to fly back to the UK on the weekend 😦 I’ve  got lots more photos to share with you all, so keep checking in for further posts.