Monday, August 22, 2011
Alaska, 8-12--8-29 2011
We flew to Anchorage Alaska for 10 days in mid-August. Temperatures were in the low 60’s during the day and in the 50’s at night. We had a busy and fun time staying with our son, who had a great deal to show us during our stay. We arrived on Saturday at 1 in the morning and during the day we saw a bit of down town, ate lunch and shopped. On Sunday after church, we went to the Blueberry festival in Girdwood, 25 miles south of Anchorage. It was too rainy to pick blue berries, but there were plenty of booths with crafts to shop from.
Monday we took a 4 hour train ride to Seward and went to the sea life museum, had a fine lunch and did more shopping, we returned home via train that night. Tuesday my husband and our son played Disc Golf; I stayed home and cooked fresh halibut for dinner. Wednesday we drove past Girdwood another 15 minutes to the Wildlife preserve—my favorite place. Afterwards, we drove another 10 minutes to Whittier which is on the inlet where all the cruise ships dock for travel into Anchorage and other points. To get into Whittier, traffic goes into town one way on the half-hour through a one lane, 2&1/2 mile long tunnel. Leaving town, the traffic goes at the top of the hour. It was interesting.
On Thursday my husband and I went to the Alaskan Heritage Cultural center and saw how the natives used to live. Then we met a MUSHER who breeds his own sled dogs and runs in the Iditarod. He was offering dog-sled rides for $10 – a way for him to raise money. We did not take a ride but purchased a DVD from him where the Discovery channel filmed the 2011 race as it happened. On Friday went to Earthquake park where they said the earthquake shook for 4 minutes in Anchorage and in the outskirts it shook for 15 minutes, unbelievable. After the park, we went out to a great place for dinner and had fresh Alaskan king crab legs...yum lots of fun. Flew home the next day.