Alaska… the Last Frontier

Written by Rachel Gnagy

Written By:  Rachel Gnagy

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying your 90+ degree weather in Nebraska. I am currently basking in 40-50 degree weather here in Alaska! It’s perfect. =)

My family (minus the three little girls) is on an Alaskan cruise to celebrate my parents’ 25th anniversary. We are all loving it. The ship is wonderful (although no free Wifi is causing my brother and I some stress!) and the scenery is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I’d like to share some of the pictures I’ve been able to take so far.


I’ve never seen so many mountains before. I love cruising through inlets and bays and being surrounded by hundreds of snow-capped peaks. The flat surface of the ocean and the great heights of the mountain ranges provide quite a contrast. Alaska is home to Mount McKinley, the highest point in all of North America at 20,320. I’d love to see McKinley someday!

The wildlife here is fantastic. So far we have seen orcas, porpoises, humpback whales, bald eagles, and sea lions. It’s so different to see animals like these in their natural environment rather than in an aquarium or zoo. And since we just celebrated the Fourth of July, it’s only fitting that I share a picture of a soaring eagle with you!

We went whale watching in Juneau and were able to see quite a few humpback whales. What a fun experience! An adult humpback whale grows to be around 45 feet long (about the size of the bus we took to get to the tour!) and weigh anywhere from 25 tons to 35 tons. We never got to see any ‘breach’ (where they leap out of the water) but we did get to see a lot of tails!

The water near Glacier Bay was absolutely beautiful. I love the reflections in this picture. The blue of the sky blends into the aqua of the water and the mountains look gorgeous. We spent an entire day cruising Glacier Bay. Most of us were outside the entire day just taking in the scenery.

This trip has been such a blessing for us. We are with a group from Insight for Living, Chuck Swindoll’s ministry. We’ve had worship and preaching from Chuck everyday. It’s been wonderful to hear from God’s Word everyday and then walk outside and see views like this. I am thankful that the Lord gave our family this opportunity!

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgements are like the great deep…”

Psalm 36:5-6

About the author

Rachel Gnagy

Rachel Gnagy is a wife, mother, photographer, and coffee lover. She began Inscribed Design & Photography with the goal of inspiring others to experience God’s character and glory through her work. Rachel specializes in senior portraits, engagements and weddings, and fine art photography. She and her husband, Samuel, have three precious children, two boys and a girl.
Rachel began writing with Her View From Home in 2012 and loves the opportunity to communicate with other women. She shares her own images, photography tips, and favorite recipes.


  • My husband just returned from an Alaskan fishing trip.
    They were fishing for Halibut. I hear the Salmon are biting now. He’s in love and says the whole family needs to go next year. I’m excited!!

  • I forgot he was there, Jen! Did he take pics?? 🙂 And yes, Rachel – these shots are so amazing. I want to go and I’m jealous of the temp!! I think I’m ready for sweatshirt weather already.

    • Thanks, Leslie! The weather was gorgeous. Even in rainy and cold weather though, I think I could live in Alaska!

  • This is beautiful!! This is (has been) super high on my bucket list of areas to Visit. It will happen within 3 years!! (I hope) thanks for sharing!!

    • Definitely go, Jeanine! Alaska is probably the most incredible state I have visited so far. There is so much to do and see – I need to go back several times!!

    • Leslie, this is a panorama that I made out of ten individual pictures. When I shoot panoramas, I always shoot vertical (turning my camera sideways) and try to keep the horizon line level in all of my pictures. I use Photoshop to merge all of the pictures together and it does an incredible job.