I step out into a crisp Alaskan breeze that plays with my hair and a sweater loosely tied around my waist. A creaky screen door slams behind me, and I look down a quaint and quiet Anchorage street. Having arrived in the dark the evening before, I can finally see my surroundings. Our Couchsurfing hosts are still asleep, so my adventure buddy Doug and I leave a note on the kitchen table and start packing the car — it’s my first time in Alaska, and I’m anxious to start exploring. There’s no way a week can cover a fraction of what we want to see in Alaska, so we gathered a few suggestions, and decide to start exploring the Turnagain Arm.