Day Two: Eklutna & Wasilla
ANCHORAGE: Our adventure tour begins at noon on the day of the tour. You will be met by our representative, (either at your hotel lobby at noon, or at the airport at noon if you are arriving by air that morning), who will assist with your luggage and boarding process.
Begin this day with a taste of the rich culture that created our great state. Arriving at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, enjoy a place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s first people. Share in the rich heritage of Alaska’s eleven cultural groups – drawing upon the life ways of long ago, the wisdom of elders, and the traditions that endure. This 20 acre facility highlights village communities, dwellings and lifestyles of the local native peoples.
Next, experience the rush and power of 18 Alaskan Huskies, pound-for-pound the strongest animals in the world, pulling you in an off road vehicle on a wooded trail. John Baker Tours hosts dog sled rides. John, a veteran dog musher, took first place in the 2011 Iditarod race and broke the record for fastest finish by four hours. The entire team – John, Jamie and Jake – are all veteran racers in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, both 1000 mile long races through the frigid wilderness of Northwestern America. Hear firsthand the fascinating stories, the history and evolution of dog mushing and the intriguing experiences of these mushers. Come with questions, because these racers are eager to share their knowledge and are passionate about their dogs as well as the sport of mushing.
On site are a litter of Husky puppies to pet and hold, a dog transport vehicle, a check point tent and 18 friendly dogs, all experienced racers. Three of the dogs were in the 2011 winning race! John’s trophy, dog sled and parka are also on display for photo ops.
EKLUTNA: Upon leaving Anchorage, we will travel north to the Matanuska Valley, the farming belt of Alaska. Along the way, we will visit the native village of Eklutna. Enjoy the Russian Orthodox influenced Chapel and native influenced “spirit houses”, while sharing in their cultural traditions. Continuing north, we will pass the “Palmer Hay Flats”, and the Knik Arm of the Cook Inlet. This tundra-covered lowland is home to wildlife and several species of birds.
Upon arrival in Wasilla, overnight in comfortable accommodations adding a remote feel to your adventure with all the comforts & conveniences of home. Upon check-in, you will have time to freshen up before dinner at one of Wasilla’s finest restaurants offering exceptional views. Casual attire recommended.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Palmer Wasilla Mat-Valley Lodging