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Published: July 22nd 2009
Hey There, Big Fella
A large man could actually sit inside his antlers--not that this moose would let him
Glenn Highway was bumpier than we would have liked. Frost heaves caused “roller coaster” conditions in some areas and had to be taken slowly to avoid damage to the bus as well as damage to our stomachs. The sky was quite hazy due to a couple of wildfires, so we missed some great views along the way. Hopefully, we'll make up for it later on.
Almost half the state’s population lives in Anchorage, and its municipal boundary is nearly the size of Delaware. Anchorage is as far north as Helsinki, Finland and as far west as Honolulu, Hawaii. Six mountain ranges can be seen (on a clear day); and 200 mountains, 60 glaciers, and the Chugach National Forest are all within 50 miles. There are lots of paved, groomed, and/or plowed trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and even dog mushing.
The only Alaska moose we’ve seen so far were in the city! One was crossing the street next to a Safeway supermarket, and the second was drinking water from a pond at a scenic overlook near the airport. He swam across the pond, got out, shook himself dry, and meandered away. We took a few pictures from a safe
Walking Away after his Swim
He scared one guy who got too close, now it's time to find someone else to terrorize.
We enjoyed the Anchorage Museum, strolled around the downtown area, and drove around Lake Hood, the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world, where hundreds of float planes were parked (?) or docked (?). There are more small planes here than we’ve ever seen anywhere, and some are taking off or landing almost continuously--over 600 on a busy summer day.
One day the group picnicked at Beluga Point, where we watched the tide swirl into Turnagain Arm from Cook Inlet. The tidal swings can be huge here, depending on the time of month and the moon cycles.
After stocking up at Costco and re-fueling, we headed south to the Kenai Peninsula and on to Seward.
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