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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage March 5th 2010

It's warm in Anchorage... ... and by 'warm', I mean it hit the lower 30's yesterday afternoon! Before departing Fairbanks, we stopped at the University of Alaska campus to check out the Museum of the North . We were told about a room called "The Place Where You Go to Listen" that was absolutely fascinating. Here's what the web site says: "... a unique sound and light environment created by composer John Luther Adams. This ever-changing musical ecosystem gives voice to the rhythms of daylight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic vibrations of the earth and the dance of the aurora borealis, in real time." It was a 6 hour trip back in the car from Fairbanks. The weather was fairly co-operative -- sunny & smooth driving until we hit an hour ... read more
Alaska Outhouse
Moving blocks of ice
Plugging in the cars

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage February 28th 2010

Fur Rondy!! Ah, balmy Anchorage! Temperatures peeked today at 22 degrees Fahrenheit and we're (almost) getting used to layering up. There is a nice white-ish carpet of compacted snow everywhere we go. We had a fabulous dinner at the Rose's place - I love BBQ ribs & coleslaw ;-) Saturday, we did more than most people do in one week here. Took a trip down to downtown to investigate Fur Rondy & all it's festivities. We arrived when the foot race was going on. People were dressed in various costumes while they made their way along 4th Ave. The parade started around 11am, so we stopped in for some Chai Tea & Hot Chocolate at one of the Tea Shops. Suddenly someone was yelling that the parade had started, so we wrapped ourselves up, and headed ... read more
Racers coming to finish line!
Dog rides
Reindeer

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage February 26th 2010

Leaving this afternoon... News via email from up North is that it's snowing!!. All weather reports are showing the thermometer hovering around the low 30's for the wkend. (Will try to post a picture tonight or tomorrow once we land.) Lots on the docket for Anchorage if weather permitting. Definitely won't be driving the normal speeds on the newly fallen snow. The plan is to drive up to Fairbanks on Monday - which is reporting -17 degrees but improving over the next couple of days. (Scattered snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the upper single digits.) Gloves, hat, scarf, and boots a MUST!! Pray for safe airline travels & stay tuned... ~"Us"... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage February 21st 2010

Anchorage AK - Home to the Iditarod & Fur Rondy... Per the Fur Rondy page: "The streets come alive with winter sports, native art and culture, plus tons of events for everyone to enjoy!" On Friday, the 25th, we'll be embarking out on a 9 day adventure to Alaska once again. This time, we'll be attending a few of the most unique Fur Rondy events, such as the Reindeer Run, the Mutt race, Sled Dog street races, and the Native Blanket Toss... Weather permitting, we will also be heading up to Fairbanks, AK. If you'd like to be on the blog recipient list, send us your email so we can get you on the list ;-) ~ "Us" (Kathy, Irene, Nicole, & Angie)... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage January 29th 2010

Not really. We're leaving for Hawaii on Sunday, and have probably spent a half an hour planning our trip. No worries, hang loose! The local park ranger on Kauai has informed me that 'Kauai loves you'! I'm pretty excited about this. This is the bookmarked 'I need some sun, badly' vacation for most AK-ers. With the credit card companion fares, it's way cheaper for us to fly to HI than it is to the lower 48. And, we're saving some $$ by staying at various campgrounds. Note to others taking this route, give yourself some time to get the permits. The island of Kauai is great and super fast with their municipal/county permits, but the state is uber slow and annoyingly tough to get in touch with about the permits. But it's only $3 a night ... read more

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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage January 26th 2010

Dear diary, It's been a busy couple of days. We left Nanjing a couple of days ago to come to Anchorage. But since then we have had a brief stop over in Chicago and flown back to Anchorage again on an Alaskan Airlines B737. We are now enjoying a day off in Anchorage before heading off to Los Angeles tomorrow. Having missed Everton's defeat to Birmingham on the flight to Anchorage from Nanjing, I am now hoping to miss their big win over Sunderland tomorrow while we are flying to LA. My bride has given me a shopping list for the mall in LA and I have to go to 'Bath & Body Works' to get some lotions and potions. After a brief night in LA it's on to Chicago again for a couple of days. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage January 3rd 2010

HI!!! We are looking for two girls to share 2 weeks with motorhome in Alaska, during July, August or September 2010 in Alaska, we are 37 yo, and we'd like to contact with 2 girls beetween 25 and 35 to share, nothing is prepared, dates, where to go etc etc, maybe we can arrange it together via e-mail, please contact us, we are from Mallorca (Spain) see you soon!!!... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 9th 2009

They've been predicting rain for the past two days, but it still hasn't arrived (yea!!). At 16 days into my trip, I've only had rain for two of those days and both of those were traveling days when I had no plans to hike or do anything outdoors. Pretty amazing! I went to Anchorage today, a city that some folks avoid and speak disparagingly of. Anchorage is to Alaska as Honolulu is to Hawaii; a typical, large, American city that seems out of place in a state that is otherwise so beautiful and enticing. Some Alaskans like to say that the only good thing about Anchorage is that it's just an hour's drive away from Alaska (i.e. when you're in Anchorage, you're not really in Alaska). When I was planning my trip, I read about an ... read more
the road warrior on two wheels
along the trail
further along the trail

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 2nd 2009

Yesterday we spent a full day in Anchorage. We ate breakfast at a great little place called The Snow City Cafe. What amazing food! After breakfast, Kay & I were off to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and the guys made plans for an extended bike ride. I really enjoyed the aviation museum & Kay was a good sport & didn't complain. They had a nice collection of planes & some helicopters that were part of Alaska's heritage. Lake Hood, in Anchorage, is the largest float plane base in the world. Although we took a cab to get there, we decided to take the bus back to the hotel. We got directions to the bus stop & started on our way. I knew we faced a challenge when we got on the road outside of the ... read more
Alaskan Aviation Heritage Museum
Alaskan Aviation Heritage Museum
Alaskan Aviation Heritage Museum

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 1st 2009

Yesterday we spent our first day back on dry land. Kay said she felt wobbly like we were still in rough water! The shipped docked at Whittier early in the morning. We then disembarked around 8:00 a.m. after a light breakfast boarded a bus for Anchorage. We passed through the longest tunnel in North America (2 1/2 miles long) on our way. The driver stopped at a little park so that we could look at some salmon & the views. When we arrived in Anchorage, it was too early to check into our rooms so we took a walk. We ate lunch at a little place called Humpy's. The food was good & we caught up on what was going on in the world of sports. Kay & the guys then continued the walk & I ... read more
on the road from Whittier to Anchorage
Butch & Kay
salmon




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