- Written by Allison Hovanec
Ben Pierce, a nine-year-old boy from Texas, is going blind. Scar tissue from eye surgery is causing Ben to lose more of his vision with every growth spurt. Ben’s parents asked him to make a “bucket list” of what he would like to see before he can’t see anymore. The list ranged from simple things, like going to the Apple store or snorkeling, to bigger items: seeing Big Ben, a Broadway play, Harry Potter World, and the Northern Lights.
Recently Alaska Airlines contacted Ben’s parents and offered Ben and his family (including five brothers and sisters) lodging and airfare to Alaska to view the Northern Lights. “When we told him to 'dream big,' that's one of the things he said,” added Ben's dad, Kit Pierce. “We never expected to do it, honestly.”
- Written by Michelle Theall
The Huffington Post shows you how you can create the perfect Alaska vacation without the middlemen.
"Alaska is big. Extreme weather is kind of its thing. The state is full of bears, moose and other animals you really don't want to tangle with. It's no accident there reality shows dedicated to highlighting just how dangerous/remote/weird Alaska can be. No wonder so many travelers prefer to let a middleman sort things out. Whether a cheap cruise or an expensive fishing trip, if you want to have your hand held -- or if you just feel like blowing a bunch of cash -- operators are standing by. It doesn't have to be like that, though. Anyone with a bit of common sense (and maybe a bit of water-resistant gear) can easily cobble together a great introductory visit to the 49th state on their own. Here's how you do it."
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