Alaska Route 1 (AK-1) is a state highway that runs from Homer at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, through Anchorage and all the way up to Tok (near the Canadian border). Alaska Route 1 must be one of the most scenic and stunning… Look at those mountains rising up right in front of you! Check out the color of that river water! There’s a whole moose family! Wow, Kachemak Bay!
In this 1-minute video, I’m showing you glimpses of the changing landscape on the drive south from Anchorage to Homer, covering the entire Kenai Peninsula. The drive took place in late June.
A little road trip trivia: I was in Alaska this summer to film Tessa Drais in Homer for my documentary All’s Well and Fair. She has been part of the project, which I film every 10 years, since she was 7 years old and living in Florida – she is now 27. Scott was along on the trip for some Alaska fly-fishing.
We were told the 220-mile drive from Anchorage to Homer would take about 4 hours – but that we should plan on 6 to 8 hours because we would want to stop so many times to gaze at the stunning nature; from Turnagain Arm just outside of Anchorage, to all the rivers (like the Kenai, the Kasilof and Cooper Creek…) and one amazing green mountain vista after the other. Of course, it did take us way longer than 4 hours to get to Homer. Once there, we heard rumors that locals can make that drive back up to Anchorage in just two hours… possibly taking some backroads. Hm… I don’t know about that. Seems like Alaska Route 1 is the only way to get from Homer to Anchorage and back in a car… officially anyway…
The song in this video is “Heading West” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many wonderful songs available via a Creative Commons license. Thank you again and again, Jason!
I’ll be posting photos from the Alaska Route 1 drive throughout this week to the In Another Minute Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook… and there
will be is now a dedicated photo post on my blog.: Photos from along Alaska Route 1