Alaska calls itself the Last Frontier, and in some respects it is. Many Americans will never reach this part of the country, and for those of us that do, we can spend weeks, months or even a lifetime there and it still would not be long enough to see and touch everything in this place.
This summer, we made our way north from California, and as we grew closer to Alaska, the landscapes became increasingly spectacular. Mountains were taller and more majestic than any we had seen before, and lakes were an indescribable color and vibrancy. We looked intently, trying to take it all in, but were often overwhelmed by the sheer beauty.