Top 15 Moments of the Year 2015

Photo shared from I Love Alaska Facebook Page.  Photo by Jordan Alleva.

Photo shared from I Love Alaska Facebook Page. Photo by Jordan Alleva.

Cheers to the last day of 2015! It’s been a pretty magical year on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. So in honor of the final day of the year, we though we’d do a little “Throwback Thursday” and recap the most memorable moments from our Facebook page.

Kenai Lake. Photo from Ed Boudreau.

Kenai Lake. Photo from Ed Boudreau.

Shared with almost 35,000 fans of the glorious Kenai Peninsula, let’s kick this party off with this Photo #1; A stunning sunrise in Seward, Alaska shared from Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking.

Photo Credit: Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking

Photo Credit: Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking

Photo #2, perfectly captioned “Eagle Eyes” is shared from the beautiful town of Seldovia, Alaska.

Shared from Seldovia, Alaska.

Shared from Seldovia, Alaska.

Photo #3 is a pretty in pink glorious morning sunrise shot from the beautiful town of Seward, Alaska.

Photo by Katherine "Pinky" Bleth & the Seward Journal.

Photo by Katherine “Pinky” Bleth & the Seward Journal.

Photo #4 is an always-popular aerial shot of the epic Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Is this on your bucket list? If not, we bet it is now! ūüėČ

Photo Credit: Daniel Leifheit. http://bit.ly/1C8YuOL.

Photo Credit: Daniel Leifheit. http://bit.ly/1C8YuOL.

Photo #5… license and registration, please. Need we say more? This moose has an agenda and no humans will stand in his way. ūüėČ

Photo from I Love Alaska Facebook page.

Photo shared from I Love Alaska Facebook page.

The #6 most popular moment on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground featured an epic underwater chase by a school of halibut chasing a GoPro. Check out this link HERE to view the full video. Warning: it’s up close & personal and incredibly AWESOME.

#7 is the true epitome of “the land of the midnight sun.” This blue-bird-sky photo was taken in June at midnight on the beautiful Turnagain Arm.

Photo by Brittney Robles. Shared from I Love Alaska Facebook page.

Photo by Brittney Robles. Shared from I Love Alaska Facebook page.

#8 leaves us utterly breathless. This bear is in his very own version of Disney Land. The happiest place on earth is Alaska! ūüôā

Photo shared from The Alaska Life Facebook page.

Photo shared from The Alaska Life Facebook page.

The #9 moment features a video of a giant pod of humpback whales that put on quite the show during a Kenai Fjords Tours excursion. If you turn up the volume, you can actually hear the whales trumpet. Once in a lifetime memories happen on Alaska’s Playground! Video featured HERE!

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours Facebook page.

Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours Facebook page.

Moment #10 is a lovely video of an Orca rubbing its belly along the shore of Fox Island Alaska. Full video HERE!

Video from Eric Eberspeaker. Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

Video from Eric Eberspeaker. Photo from Kenai Fjords Tours.

Our #11 moment features an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) time lapse from Lights Out Photography that is comprised of 546 images taken in the span of about 18 minutes. Exposure time for images were 2 seconds. Shot from the Seward Hwy. Check out the full video HERE!

Aurora Borealis photo from Lights Out Photography.

Aurora Borealis photo from Lights Out Photography.

#12 is a fan favorite and a seasonal delight. Fall colors on the Seward Hwy. Our fall season is short here in Alaska, but boy oh boy does it leave a lasting impression.

Photo from the Seward Highway.

Photo from the Seward Highway.

Moment #13 is appropriately titled “just another day in Alaska.” In this incredible video captured by Bill Tyra you see two bull moose rutting and rumbling it out right smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood in someone’s driveway. It’s incredible. And its real. Only in Alaska! Full video HERE.

Video from Bill Myra.

Video from Bill Tyra.

#14: Surrounded by nature, the small town of Kenai, Alaska stirs peacefully. If you’re wondering, the answer is “yes, we pinch ourselves daily in amazement that this is our backyard.” Lucky is an understatement.

Photo Credit Greg Daniels. Shared from the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center.

Photo Credit Greg Daniels. Shared from the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center.

And last but certainly not least, moment #15 of the Year 2015 is this beautiful winter shot featuring the vivid Aurora Borealis captured sky-high from the chair lifts.

Photo shared from Alaska Dispatch News.

Photo shared from Alaska Dispatch News.

Whew! What an amazing year it has been. And the best part is that every year seems to get even better than the last. So hold on tight, 2016 is going to be epic! We can’t wait to share our journey with you and most importantly, we can’t wait for you to share your new memories with US! Thank you for joining us in celebrating all things glorious on the Kenai Peninsula year after year. We are blessed to share our love for this beautiful place with such wonderful people. Cheers!

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Happy Holidays from Alaska’s Playground

Photo from Bing.com

Photo from Bing.com

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And being on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground to celebrate the season is as close to “a dream come true” as you can possibly imagine.

Quartz Creek in Cooper Landing. Photo courtesy of Brian Moore.

Quartz Creek in Cooper Landing. Photo courtesy of Brian Moore.

Whether you’re hitting the slopes at Alyeska Resort, enjoying a relaxing day of snowy-sightseeing or opting for a good meal and an indoor activity,¬†Alaska’s Playground is sure to deliver.

600 Santa's Ski for Free at Alyeska Resort

600 Santa’s Ski for Free at Alyeska Resort.

One of our favorite parts about wintertime on The Kenai is that all our favorite summertime “hot spots” are transformed into magical, snowy escapes. Like this one below at Kenai Lake.

Or this one at Tern Lake. It’s hard not to feel completely refreshed after taking in a crisp, clear sight like this. And the most beautiful part? These sights are ALL AROUND on the Kenai Peninsula. Like we said before,¬†being here¬†truly feels¬†like a dream come true.

Catching a winter sunrise in the Chugach Mountains is simply something that everyone MUST do at least once in their lifetime.

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, www.WildNatureImages.com.

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, http://www.WildNatureImages.com.

And taking the sleds out for some afternoon laughs and smiles is something that is sure to be a hit with the kiddos, every single time!

Even just your everyday average “road trip” can offer sights that make you feel like you need to *pinch* yourself to see if you are dreaming. Just look at those mountains! Utterly magical.

Photo from AKontheGO.com

Photo from AKontheGO.com

Wintertime hiking on Alaska’s Playground is another go-to activity that we highly recommend for anyone looking to spend a day off enjoying the great outdoors. Talk about a total soul cleanse.

And on the same note of wintertime hiking, lets just say… the destination is always worth the journey. Need proof? Check out this amazing, secluded photo below.

Photo from Kathleen Barth Photography.

Photo from Kathleen Barth Photography.

Wildlife viewing during the winter months is a treat that we can’t even believe we are so lucky to enjoy out our very own backdoor. Life changing!

Resting Bull Moose. Photo from Kathleen Barth Photography.

Resting Bull Moose. Photo from Kathleen Barth Photography.

Or if you’re more of a “water baby” and you are searching for a bit of an adrenaline rush, you could always try wintertime surfing on the Kenai Peninsula. Brrrr! ūüėČ

Photo from SurfAlaska.net.

Photo from SurfAlaska.net.

If snowmobiling (or snow-machining) is more of your thing, from flat valleys to steep mountain terrain- there are countless areas on The Kenai to enjoy fresh powder all winter long.

Photo from travel.davidmbyrne.com.

Photo from travel.davidmbyrne.com.

No matter what you plan to do with you’re holiday weekend, if you spend any time traveling to the Kenai Peninsula¬†via the notorious Turnagain Arm, we are sure that you will enjoy a plethora of breathtaking sights.

While¬†you’re here, be sure to keep your eyes open for some of the beautifully decorated outdoor Christmas trees, like this one below in the quaint town of¬†Seward.

Photo from Ron Neibrugge with www.WildNatureImages.com.

Photo from Ron Neibrugge with http://www.WildNatureImages.com.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! ūüôā

Snowshoeing on The Kenai

Photo from Rbulson PhotoShelter

Photo from Rbulson PhotoShelter

If solitude is what you’re looking for on these¬†chilly winter days in Alaska, we can’t think of a more serene activity to recommend than snowshoeing.

Photo from the Peninsula Clarion

Photo from the Peninsula Clarion

Snowshoeing is a great sport in that just about anyone and everyone can do it. Whether you are a beginner, a moderate hiker or a backcountry expert, there is a path for you.

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

One of the most exhilarating aspects of snowshoeing is that it allows you “escape it all” while often times not¬†having to venture too far out of civilization.

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

And there truly is nothing quite like the smell of fresh power in the middle of nowhere. It just feels like the way Alaska should. Peaceful, serene and good for the soul.

Photo from Alaska-In-Pictures.com

Photo from Alaska-In-Pictures.com

And if taking a breather and taking in some amazing wintertime views is what you’re looking to do, snowshoeing is definitely the sport for you.

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

Photo from Ron Niebrugge, Wild Nature Images

If you’re looking for the perfect date-day-out, we couldn’t recommend snowshoeing more.

Photo from Alaska Adventure Company

Photo from Alaska Adventure Company

Or if you’re looking for a great activity to get the kiddos out of the house (and smiling from ear to ear) on a snow-day. Snowshoeing it is!

Photo from AlaskaPublic.org

Photo from AlaskaPublic.org

And if you just want to hang out with some of your friends, quality time spend outdoors is way cooler than any amount of time around the television.

Photo from Travoom

Photo from Travoom

Or if you’re feeling extra outdoorsy and want to test out the “winter camping” waters, snowshoeing is a great way to get to where you’re going.

Photo from Alaska-In-Pictures.com

Photo from Alaska-In-Pictures.com

If you’re extra-lucky, you might end up catching the Aurora Borealis while out on a snowshoeing excursion. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Photo from Crescent Moon Snowshoes

Photo from Crescent Moon Snowshoes

If you prefer¬†to spend your days off enjoying the great outdoors with your four-legged best friend, it’s been tested and proved that dogs love snowshoeing adventures just as much as us humans (or probably even more). ūüėČ

Photo from Road Trip America

Photo from Road Trip America

And we will also testify to the fact that nothing will prepare you better for a Monday than a Sunday spent out enjoying nature, away from the hustle and bustle.

Photo from the Redoubt Reporter

Photo from the Redoubt Reporter

One thing is for sure, you will not regret the feeling that you get when you are submerged in nature with utter peace and quiet. After all, that is what makes Alaska so special.

Photo from Expeditions Alaska

Photo from Expeditions Alaska

For trail ideas you can always check out the local Fish & Game offices, Chamber of Commerce or feel free to send us an email and we will happily help you plan an epic day of back-country snowshoeing fun.

Photo from RMI Guides

Photo from RMI Guides