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June 23rd 2007
Published: June 23rd 2007EDIT THIS ENTRY

at the marketat the marketat the market

furino and jono at the anchorage market
I'm a couple days behind on the blog so here goes.....we bailed on the half marathon on Saturday and ran the 5 miler, which is actually 5.6 miles and I got 5.92 by my Garmin GPS watch. The race was pretty uneventful except for some pretty steep and unexpected hills. One of the marathoners we met had a moose run alongside him for about ten minutes and another bunch ran into a bear - no confrontations, it left peacefully. I couldn't believe the amount of runners who were with the Team In Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There had to be at least a few hundred of them, and in total they raised something like five million dollars - we met two survivors out on the course who were three and eleven year survivors, just amazing. After the run we grabbed some food and headed downtown for some real food. Anchorage has an outdoor market on weekends with a few hundred stalls of local vendors and artisans. Lots of neat stuff, native crafts and a bunch of crazy meats (reindeer sausage is actually pretty tasty) and local foods. I had read that when the salmon are running there's a river right near a downtown hotel that locals fish from. It's called Ship Creek, and after we bought our rail tickets we headed up to check it out. There were easily fifty fishermen within eyesight and I imagine that carries on for a mile or so up and down the creek. And the salmon aren't even really running yet, though we did see four catches. We found a local microbrew and had some lunch - jono ate this crazy muskox cheesesteak which disgusts me now just thinking of it. We came home and I passed out at 7:30 and was done for the night! We had to get up early to make the train for our tour up into the mountains, more tomorrow!

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Onefish, twofishOnefish, twofish
Onefish, twofish

Anchorage has all these salmon everywhere, created by locals and they're all kind of bizarre...

another fish....
The Raven and the BearThe Raven and the Bear
The Raven and the Bear

There's a raven on top of this bear's head - the story goes (in a nutshell) a halibut showed a bear how to make a fishook if the bear promised not to eat him. The bear kept the hook in a pouch. A raven, seeing how much salmon the bear was catching asked what was in the pouch to which the bear replied "a secret". So the raven poisons the bear, steals the hook and the bears pelt which he proceeds to wear to catch fish. Tingit children are warned not to let anything take their fish or they will starve in the winter so they start pelting the "bear" with rocks. The raven unveils himself and gives them the first halibut hook. SO that's the story of the statue, which I didn't know until well after I took this picture of Jon. I sort of wish I'd never learned it, would have made this picture a lot easier to add.
Totem PoleTotem Pole
Totem Pole

pretty self-explanatory, these things are all over the place. We saw a small one being carved in Whittier before we left on the boat.
the beer's on its waythe beer's on its way
the beer's on its way

this is pre-muskox jono, I won't post the "post-muskox" photo. shudder.
Eskimo ShanEskimo Shan
Eskimo Shan

I couldn't resist.
another crazy fishanother crazy fish
another crazy fish

this one was at the railstation.
the kaleidofishthe kaleidofish
the kaleidofish

this one has a kaleidoscope in the middle - after these two no more fish photos, I promise!!

see? kaleidoscope! right through its mouth!

this was our first hint that we might be near ship creek...
ship creek 1ship creek 1
ship creek 1

so this is ship creek, about a three mintue walk from downtown Anchorage towards the harbour
ship creek2ship creek2
ship creek2

second fish caught...
no snaggingno snagging
no snagging

I learned what snagging is today. I have no idea how someone could do it intentionally but that probably just shows that I know nothing about fishing.

one dude, fishin'
more fishin'more fishin'
more fishin'

more dudes, fishin'. it was like this as far as you could see in either direction.
Jono wishing he was fishing.Jono wishing he was fishing.
Jono wishing he was fishing.

After seeing this Jono and I decided we're going to try and rent some gear and fish here if we have time later in the week.

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