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Skydiving in Palmer, Alaska

Ahhh, 25… The age where your brain is fully developed and you can finally rent a car without being charged extra.

I couldn’t wait for August 13 to role around so I could celebrate being a quarter of a century!

Of course I had no idea what I wanted to do to celebrate (Dye my hair? Eat Taco Bell?), so I left the planning up to Aaron.

I should preface by saying that as much as I love to travel, I am deathly afraid of flying- and even more afraid of teeny tiny Alaskan planes that  look like they’ll explode if a bug hits the windshield. My sweet husband decided to comfort and support my fear by…

Planning a surprise skydiving trip!

 

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After scoring a free breakfast meal from Denny’s, Aaron drove me an hour North of Anchorage for the big birthday surprise. I figured he’d take me hiking or drop me off in the middle of nowhere and never come back. Instead, we pulled into a parking lot with giant fields and tiny airplanes. “Oh no!”, I said. “I am NOT getting into one of those.

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One of Aaron’s co-workers greeted us and asked if I knew what we were there for. I said no and he explained we would just fly around for a glacier tour. The company asked us to sign waivers- essentially relaying the message that you would be jumping at your own risk. I asked Aaron if we’d be jumping out of the airplane and he said, “No, that’s just standard procedure.”dsc02451

Eventually, everyone let me in on the running joke and I was a lot more relaxed than expected! The views were incredible!dsc02475dsc02477 dsc02485dsc02506dsc02520dsc02524 dsc02554dsc02560 dsc02571 dsc02574 dsc02586dsc02589dsc02608dsc02615 dsc02637dsc02640 dsc02645dsc02664dsc02685dsc02703dsc02756 dsc02757dsc02760 The jump was AMAZING! As soon as I hit the ground I was ready to go for another round. I would TOTALLY jump again! We have Alaska Skydive Center to thank for our incredible experience, views, photos, and video! If I can figure out how to upload the high quality video I will!dsc02767

What did you do for your 25th birthday?

Halibut Fishing | Homer, Alaska

Seafood is my thing! My person! My unicorn! Name that t.v. show. Did anyone else watch the Bachelorette this season?

I was born in Florida so I like to think that meant I grew up eating seafood. Now that I live in Alaska I’m super-duper spoiled and get to catch my own fresh fish whenever I’d like!

Aaron’s wanted to experience a halibut charter for a while, so a few months ago I used our Northern Lights coupon book to book a trip through Ninilchik Charters. With the coupon, the charter ended up costing $364.43 for two people. Without a coupon, NC advertises its all-day charters at costs between $235 and $350 per person. I think we got a good discount?

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I ended up catching 2 halibut that were the exact same size! Aaron caught the biggest and smallest.

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The day was long and tough on our bodies. Realing in fish half your size is exhausting and got old for me real quick. A couple other ladies and I fell asleep for a good hour. I was happy to make the drive back to Anchorage that evening and even happier to use a bathroom cleaner than the one on the boat.

Homer is a good 5 hour drive from Anchorage and our charter started at 6:00 am, so we decided to stay at a B&B in Ninilchik. Meander Inn had good reviews  on TripAdvisor so Aaron booked and we stayed overnight.

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Meander Inn was adorable- with gorgeous views and an amazing host! We wished we could have stayed longer. I would recommend a halibut charter to anyone who loves fishing and doesn’t have access to a boat. I don’t care for fishing so after catching my first halibut (2 hours in) I was ready to go home! Aaron felt we weren’t given a good opportunity to do any “real fishing”. Our charter guides set up our lines, hooked the bait, and told us when to reel. If that annoys you, find a friend with a boat or stop by the grocery store and pick up a pound of halibut for 20 bucks.

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