Alaska offers so many unique experiences, and every time I get to know another little nook of this huge state, I’m amazed! The other night we had a true “glamping” adventure (that’s glamorous camping) and it helped temporarily satisfy my craving for camping. My list of places to explore and overnight this summer is expanding rapidly, and I’m realizing the number of weekends in the season will be shorter than the number of places I want to go.
Our time at the Johnson House cabin was perfect. We brought dinner from home and ate on the deck. The silence was incredible and so refreshing. A car occasionally passed by on the road far below, but mainly we heard birds, small aircraft flying up and down the valley, and a lot of blissful silence. The sun shone brightly on the Knik Glacier and the beautiful mountains around it. We fell asleep to the sound of owls hooting in the trees and woke up in the middle of the night to see northern lights in the sky right from our bed and from the porch.
The "camping" side of this wonderful retreat is the lack of indoor plumbing. But the outhouse, just steps away, had a view that quite made up for it! :) It was also equipped with a heat lamp for when the weather is chilly. The kitchenette had an ingenious system for potable water that made cooking and drinking easy.
From the fresh cinnamon rolls to the plush bathrobes, this cabin was full of special amenities and thoughtful details. The mini fridge was stocked with the makings of a hearty, mouthwatering breakfast. The world around us, still dominated by peaceful silence, made sounds of waking up. Birds happily chirped, helicopters and planes once again purred toward the glacier, and I contentedly sighed as I watched the sun first peek over the mountains and then overpower the sky until it boldly illuminated the beauty all around me.
After our stomachs were full and our tastebuds were savoring the last lingering delights, we settled in for a game of rummy. Between rounds we pulled out the big Alaska atlas that was on the nightstand, finding new places to go (that list keeps getting longer, I tell you!) and looking at just a tiny portion of the thousands and thousands of trails and creeks in Alaska.
We immediately felt a connection to this place, and I recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet, beautiful retreat without having to commit to fully camping! The beauty we experienced would only be magnified in summer, fall, or winter. The cabin is for two guests maximum, so it's perfect for couples. The owners were lovely and hospitable, and we felt completely welcome. It's also conveniently close to Anchorage (about an hour), so we will most certainly be back! You can find more information and make a reservation on their page here. (This isn't a "sponsored" post; I just loved this place and wanted to share it with the world!)
I'm a mom of twins, published author, editor, amateur photographer, and nature enthusiast with an unlimited supply of curiosity. Come discover the little wonders I find during my everyday life in Alaska.
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