Anchorage, Alaska: The location of our newest Bass Pro Shops outpost! Several lucky Fort Myers, Florida associates were chosen to be a part of Anchorage's "Opening Team" this Summer. Megan Kalina, our Apparel Processing Team Leader was selected to travel to Alaska to help merchandise their store before the grand opening. Megan graciously returned from her trip with beautiful pictures and fantastic new memories to share with her Florida Bass Pro family. Her journey to "The Last Frontier" included an unexpected day off of exploration and adventure where she captured many of the pictures below.
When Megan's journey to Anchorage began, she was traveling for nearly 18 hours with Alaska is 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time! The view she had when she arrived at her hotel made the trip completely worth it; she could see the sun shining on snowy mountaintops outside her window at 10 o'clock PM! Alaska has 20 hours of daylight and has a sunset of around 2 AM.
Megan and her opening crew were lucky enough to receive a full day off to explore Anchorage and the surrounding wilderness parks. During her crew's exploration, they hiked through the Kenai Mountains which is home to a massive glacier named Exit Glacier. The Exit received its name as being the exit point for the for the first human crossing of the Hartsfield Ice of 1968. The area of the glacier covers over 4 miles!
The Kenai Mountains received their name from where they are located. The mountain range sits on the Kenai Peninsula which can be found in the Southeastern corner of Alaska. The Kenai Mountains have two rivers that run though its valleys: The Russian River and the Kenai River. Megan was lucky enough to explore the mountain ranges as well as the flowing rivers in the valleys.
The views in Alaska were nothing short of spectacular and local businesses are nestled in between natural wonders and fantastic landscapes. She had dinner at Ray's Waterfront located in the coastal town of Seward, Alaska. Seward is part of the Kenai Peninsula and sits on Resurrection Bay. Seward is a popular fishing destination during the Summer months. Ray's has a fantastic overlook of the nearby Kenai Mountains and the local marina.
Megan came face to face to many animals in their natural habitat. She was nearly in reach of touching a large moose while hiking on her crew's exploration day. She learned after her encounter with the moose that they are more vicious and more likely to attack than Alaska's Grizzly Bear! Luckily the moose she captured a picture with was not aggressive.
Megan and her new friends she met on her trip have returned home exclaiming to their friends and family that they would move to Alaska in a heartbeat. It's easy to understand after learning of their incredible adventure why they would dream of becoming full-time residents of the "The Last Frontier". Alaska is beautiful and majestic with flourishing cities as well as impressive with natural wonders and wildlife.