I am shamefully late to your RR.
Fantastic......not only did you hit our favorite place (Valley of the Gods) but you went to Alaska. Alaska! The place we talk about riding to but never think we'll actually get to. Not fair.
And as usual I am in awe and insanely jealous of your photography skills. I try, but pale in comparison. Although, trying to get that epic shot from the back of a speeding KTM can be perilous. I find it all part of the fun.
Looking forward to your next journey!