« on: March 01, 2014, 11:15:47 AM »
I will be traveling with my wife and teen-aged son to Alaska for a two week vacation this summer. This will be our first trip to the 48th state and we probably won't be able to return for a number of years, so we want to see as much as possible in the time we have. We plan to fly into Fairbanks/Anchorage or maybe Juneau, rent a vehicle and drive from there.
From what I've read, it appears most of the attractions are in the south eastern portion of the state between Fairbanks and Anchorage. We would also like to see Juneau and Glacier Bay, but they seem to be a long way from the other tourist areas. Some of our "must see" attractions are: Denali NP/Mt. McKinley, the Kenai peninsula and Kenai Fords NP. We would like to see as much wildlife (primarily bears, moose, elk, wolves, etc.) as possible. We enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors.
This will be a family vacation first and photography expedition second. My wife and son are pretty tolerant of my hobby, but I can't get too carried away with it and keep family harmony.
Regarding photography gear, my equipment list is below. At this point I'm inclined to bring my 6D, 24-70, 70-200 and maybe the 100 Macro. The Rokinon 14mm is another possibility. Even with my 2x extender, I am worried that I won't have enough "reach" for some of the wildlife due to the vast distances. I might consider renting a long tele lens for the trip. I'll take my EOS-M and EOS adapter along as a back-up body and occasional use when I don't want to carry a heavy DSLR and lenses.