My brother and sister-in-law moved to Anchorage, Alaska four years ago. Ever since then, both they and my dad and step mom have been bugging me to visit. However, whenever I've checked into plane tickets for a family of four, prices have run anywhere from $2500 to $3200. This is more than I normally spend on TWO vacations, and it doesn't even include hotels, car rental or sightseeing.

Needless to say, we haven't been up to see them yet.

At 7 p.m. last night, dad was talking to my brother.

At 7:30 p.m. last night, dad called me and informed me he'd bought our plane tickets for us. (He and my step mom are not going, however.)

At 8: 15 p.m. last night, my brother called. He'd already booked a whale-watching cruise and a weekend of camping in Denali National Park.

It looks as though we're going to Alaska from May 26th to June 4th.