No matter where you live, you can get a sneak peek at Alaska on the Travel Channel Saturday and again on April 8.
The Travel Channel’s "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" has a show on Alaska at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT Saturday and at 2 a.m. April 8. The show debuted Thursday. There is a five-minute video on the Web site to give you a glimpse of the show.
Alaska is the show's debut location. And the hosts – Albin and Melanie Ulle – do some typical tourist things: a whale-watching cruise, a flightseeing trip, a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, kayaking, a canoe trip to a glacier, a summer dog sled trip and lots of eating, including reindeer sausage and mussels.
Here is an excerpt from the New York Times television review: " '1,000 Places to See Before You Die' provides a riveting look at Alaska, both geographically and culturally. It does justice not only to the glaciers but to the locals as well. There’s a bar owner in Homer who might have been the real-life model for the Anne Heche character in 'Men in Trees,' and a handsome fellow living in a yurt on the Kenai Peninsula who could double as her on-screen boyfriend."
I don't have cable, so I didn't watch Thursday's episode – and I won't see the upcoming reruns either. But I can tell you, whatever the Ulles did on their trip to Alaska you can do too. And instead of living through a lens, you can actually live a little bit of paradise.