Courtney Barber
September 2, 2016
Photos By: Amie Williams

After 5,000 miles and two weeks on the road, it was a welcome sight to see our fellow Rally North America crew so far from home in Anchorage, Alaska. Drive Alaska 2016 was finally here and we were off, heading to Homer for the night. Unlike the normal rallies with scavenger hunt-type clues leading you to checkpoints all day, we were traveling as a group and using two-way radios, a skill that took us a little while to conquer. Twenty minutes into the drive, I happened to check my phone and had a dozen messages saying, "turn the radio off." Somehow we had switched to a setting that was activated by noise and the whole group was stuck listening to us chat and the rumble of the motor. When we still couldn't figure out how to make it stop we were given a new radio and The Courtney and Amie Show came to an end.

As a group we headed down Alaska's Route 1 South. The views were breathtaking and around each corner was another postcard-worthy shot. The first stop for the day was Turnagain Gallery and Gifts of Alaska. The family-owned gallery was filled with handcrafted sculptures and furniture that would be a spectacular addition to any room in your house. My favorite was the Octopus carving by Jordan Anderson—the detail and craftsmanship was unbelievable (see the photo in the gallery below).

After leaving the gallery we headed to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The AWCC is dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals and providing wildlife awareness and education to the public. The animals were a fun sight to see. After our buffalo encounter on the way up through the Yukon we hadn't seen much activity and it was really cool to be able to get up close and personal with some bears that wouldn't eat us in Alaska. We finished up our tour of the center and were on the road again.

The final stop for the day was the Land's End Resort in Homer, Alaska. As we drove into the town I felt a little piece of home. Since leaving Folly Beach, South Carolina, it had been over two weeks since I had seen the ocean. As we made the final turn out of the mountains I was reunited with smell of salt air and it was fabulous! We checked into the resort and found that the room had a hidden wall bed—it was entertaining to say the least. The view from our room and balcony was amazing and right as we looked out we saw a seal floating by on his back digesting his freshly caught dinner, and I officially fell in love with Alaska!

Check back right here over the next few days as we report from beautiful Alaska in Project Road Warrior, and say a prayer for us that everything continues to go well.

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