You’re invited to participate in Alaska Travelgram’s first “Field Trip” to Kenai Fjords National Park–brought to you by Major Marine Tours and the Alaska Railroad. Above, Bill Little and Kim Lentz enjoy a cruise in the park (that’s Aialik Glacier in the background) on the “Glacier Express”.
ONE-DAY-ONLY: Sat., Sept. 7, 2013.
Here’s how it works: We have 28 seats on the bus. That means we’ll be picking attendees from those of you who sign up.
This is an EPIC day-long adventure from the Alaska Railroad depot in Anchorage to Seward by coach. From there, travelers will board the “Glacier Express” for a six-hour wildlife/glacier tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll return on the Alaska Railroad’s “Coastal Classic”. It’s a one-day whirlwind, for sure. Value: about $299. Twenty eight lucky readers will have the opportunity to travel on Sat., Sept. 7, in exchange for a modest donation of at least $50 (per person) to charity: water.
But like many “field trips” in school, there are a few requirements. Space is limited…so let’s get right to it:
Your “assignment” is as follows:
1. Get to know your fellow travelers.
2. Enjoy the scenery: the drive, the cruise, the wildlife in the park, the glaciers, the railroad and your fellow adventurers.
3. Take a bunch of photos. We’ll post them for the world to see on a special page in the “Alaska Travelgram” .
4. If you want to share your EPIC adventure through social media or your own blog/website, feel free. Twitter followers can use the hashtag #FieldTrip2013.
Here is what’s required if you wish to attend:
a. Write a short note about why you would like to go on this trip. Are you an avid adventurer? A wanna-be Alaska traveler? A nature lover? A railroad nut? This is the “creative” part of your assignment.
b. Please let me know if you would like one or two seats on the bus. We’re only accepting reservations for singles or doubles, since we only can accommodate 28 travelers.
c. Please include your name, address and phone number in your submission. We don’t share this with anyone–but we will need it for the official list of travelers.
We will read each and every submission. All submissions must be received by Monday, Sept. 2, at 5:00pm Alaska time. Please send your submission HERE. We will pick the qualifying attendees from THIS EMAIL BOX ONLY. So if you want to go on the field trip, be sure and send your submission H-E-R-E. No submissions will be accepted after 5:00pm, Mon., Sept. 2, 2013.
If you are selected to participate in the Field Trip, your “PERMISSION SLIP” is the receipt you’ll get after making an online donation of at least $50 per person to “charity: water”. I’ve set up a special campaign page. And, of course, you’re welcome to donate any amount to the “Field Trip” campaign–whether you’re able to join us or not. Go ahead–do a little research on “charity: water”. I learned about the organization this summer–and how they’ve collaborated with quirky adventurers like me to raise more than $25 million. Not bad, IMHO.
This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY trip. If you show up on Sept. 8, you will have missed the bus. So check your calendar and see if you can join us. Then drop me a note to tell me why you would like to come (be sure and include “a”, “b” and “c” above!!). Only those travelers with their “Permission Slips” from charity:water will be allowed on board!
PLEASE let me know if you have any questions. For example, your transportation is covered, but food and drinks are on your own. This is the first “Field Trip”, so you’ll be joining an exploratory expedition!!
We’re going to have lots of fun on Sat., Sept. 7. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Scott McMurren, Alaska Travelgram