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Travel U Library: Alaska’s Iditorad

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self. So let’s look at a few books about Alaska!

Alaska's great wilderness
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The biggest story out of Alaska surely has to be the story of 1925. During that horrific winter, the citizens Nome were in desperate need of medication to battle Diptheria. The only way to get it there was by sled. Togo led the team with musher Leonard Seppala inspired the tradition of the Iditorad challenge that continues to this very year.

The Great Serum Race

Learning about the race to get serum to Nome introduces quite a few new teams including famous Balto. Learn how the weather had these teams dig deep to accomplish the unthinkable. This non-fiction read gives the play by play of the musher’s success.

Born To Pull

Dogs that are involved in mushing are an interesting mix of athlete and brave hero. Explore dog sledding as the sport that it is. From team positions to the lingo, learn all about how to make a team out of a group of energetic pups!

Mush! Sled Dogs of the Iditorad

Time to introduce you to the hall of famers from this amazing race and see their determination shine through in great photos. Get an idea of what it’s like to devote your life to 998 miles of trails.

Storm Run

in more recent times, many other athletes have attempted the famous run. The first female to win the Iditorad is Libby Riddles. Libby, who you can meet today, came in first back in 1985. She speaks about achievement and challenge often. Her book is a great read!

Danger, The Dog Yard Cat

While Libby has always loved her dogs, she found great happiness with a particular cat named Danger. This feline dreams up a fanciful tale of being the lead cat in the big race. It may just be a dream but cats can think big too!

L Is For Last Frontier

In this installment of the global alphabet series, learn everything about Alaska from Forget-Me-Nots to Northern Lights. I love these books for fast paced overviews of all of these wonderful, truly Alaskan moments.

Up On Denali

Learn all about the tallest mountain in the US and how it has affected the Alaskan frontier since its formation. Full of scientific facts and beautiful illustrations, this is truly a book to explore before you go explore in real life.

The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale

Join Moose and his friends as he grows quite the cabbage. It’s so big, in fact, that he wins top marks at the fair. But what do you do with a giant cabbage once you’ve won the prize? Find out what Moose and company do!

Alaska’s 12 Days of Summer

Summer in Alaska doesn’t last long. So, what, or should I say, who should you find when the weather is a bit kinder? Lots of critters await in this fun take on the classic song.

The vistas at Glacier Bay, Alaska
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Alaska 101: The Ultimate Family Playground!

The age of domestic travel is returning in a big way thanks to COVID-19. Road Trips and National Parks are the new buzz words in the travel industry. I think it’s safe to say that we are all going to be enjoying a lot more nooks and crannies of our country in these next few months as the travel and tourism industry dusts itself off and gets back on its feet. So, where do you even start? Well, when it comes to the ultimate American trip, I can think of no place better than Alaska!

I always say it! When we are out traveling the world, don’t just look at it, do it! And Alaska is a paradise for those who like to join in and experience things first hand. Whether you choose to visit by cruise, RV rental, tour package, or in your own mini-van, Alaska has something for absolutely everyone! In fact, there are so many choices, you may not be able to get to all of them. So, grab the kids and Grandma! Check out this great list of 8 of the most family friendly activities that Alaska has to offer!

Animal watching in Denali National Park

Whether you know it as Denali or Mt. McKinley, this central point of Alaska and its surroundings never ceases to amaze! Once you are in the park, you can take on a hike on your own or jump on a school bus and enjoy a guided tour. Be prepared for a little ranger history and a few distant animals. If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to see the grand daddy of them all: the moose! This is definitely a trip to bring binoculars!

Spotted! one brown bear!
a map of our tip's stops
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Gold panning in the streams of Juneau

Step back in time and try your hand at a little gold panning in the shallows of the brisk streams that surround the area. Kids will love getting elbow deep as they search and scoop and dig for treasure. It’s a can’t miss!

Whale watching in Glacier Bay National Park

While much of Alaska can be a bit overcast and gray, Glacier Bay sparkles! Learn about the glacier ice and catch a calving as the ice gives way to the water below. Watch the chunks of striped ice float by you and, if you are willing to get up early, you may run in to a pod of whales enjoying the morning light.

Fishing in the waters off of Ketchikan

Whether you are a fresh water fisher or prefer the salt water, Alaska has something for everyone. I highly suggest a guide that will make the most of your time. Guides are also helpful in keeping you safe from uniquely Alaskan dangers like bars while you fly fish or whale bubble nets while you fish for salmon. Many guides also include the processing and shipping in their fees. Our salmon arrived perfectly packaged on our door step the day after we returned home. Brilliant!

A sea plane lands in the waters of Alaska.
fishing fun

Salmon Bake in the woods

For an enchanting meal, try out a salmon bake. These outdoor venues nestle themselves in the woods and allows guests to get comfy around a campfire. We felt like little pixie fairies could show up at any time as we made s’mores. Watch out though, the squirrels are onto the marshmallows and may try to take one or two!

Dog Sled Mushing and puppy hugging

Get ready to try out Alaska’s best sport! Dog Sledding! Having the chance to visit a dog sled camp is quite the treat. Most of the year, these amazing animal athletes are preparing for the Iditorad race. As a visitor, you can help out these furry friends by allowing them to pull you as they mush (you are a fraction of their winter haul). They are so excited when they know they are going to run! After that, socialize with the newest generation. They need to get to know lots of people in order to be successful on the race circuit. So, take a ride with the big dogs then go cuddle with the newest members of the pack- the puppies!.

River Rafting on a glacial river

Zip up your dry suit and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime! Alaska has some of the best rapids going and they are picture perfect in the Summer months. The water is cold and the great rafting guides will take you through some of the most beautiful bush country Alaska has to offer. Be sure to ask about the expected rapids level so that you are comfortable with the activity level.

Zip Lining in Talkeetna in Central Alaska

Talkeetna lies in central Alaska. This quirky town is a great day trip and has an excellent zip lining course. With a super family friendly attitude, you can spend the afternoon, zipping and repelling to your heart’s content. The finale of your course is a great over water run that will keep your heart racing! This is my mom taking on the long fly across! So much fun!