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!
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.”
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.”
Eventually, everyone let me in on the running joke and I was a lot more relaxed than expected! The views were incredible! 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!
What did you do for your 25th birthday?
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?
For me, the best part of the trip was catching all of the dog fish! They’re supposed to be annoying- because they get in the way of catching halibut- but the little sharks are too cool not to love.
I ended up catching 2 halibut that were the exact same size! Aaron caught the biggest and smallest.
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.
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.