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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 28th 2019

You may well have been wondering why it has been so long since my last post; alternatively of course, you may well have been relieved to have had some respite from the trials and tribulations of the Famous Five. Well, the fact is, we have been aboard our cruise ship for the last 8 days and even with the ship's 'super value', 'special offer', 'one time only', 'bargain basement price' for a week's access to the Wifi, it would still have rivalled the amount that America paid Russia to purchase Alaska way back in 1867 - for those that are interested, America paid $7.2million! In fact, we even thought about just paying for the Wifi for the last day on ship (when we were at sea all day), but at $55 per day, PER DEVICE (!), ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 26th 2019

After yesterday's fun and games, we all managed to sleep remarkably soundly and were pretty well rested for our longish drive to Denali National Park today. Our hotel, the 'Towneplace Suites by Marriott' was unusual (for an American hotel) in providing a 'free' breakfast and we all met at eight to refuel before our trip. We checked out, left our broken suitcase with reception for them to chuck in their dumpster(!) and loaded up our new vehicle, a Toyota Sienna people carrier, which is just about big enough for the five of us and all our baggage! We are off to Denali for a couple days and will then be back to Anchorage for a proper look around where we will be staying at the Hilton Anchorage for a further couple of nights. Yesterday evening we ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 21st 2019

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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 11th 2018

The drive from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood AK to Kenai River Lodge in Soldatna AK was slightly over two hours, which gave us time to stop at the Soldotna Visitor Information Center. The visitor center has a wealth of information, had answers to all of my questions and has a number of incredible animal mounts including a World Record King Salmon – 97 pounds, 4 ounces and 58 ½ inches long – caught on May 17, 1985 on the Kenai River over which our room window looks. The motel is unique in that it owns the riverfront property and restricts fishing there to motel guests. We were able to watch several successful fisherpersons (both on the motel property and the public park across the river) land what appeared to be nice-sized keepers. Other features of the ... read more
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A Fully Operational Carousel with Stationary Animals
At 11,069 Feet, Mount Spurr Is the Highest Volcano in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 2nd 2018

Thursday Aug 30 Today we were able to have a leisurely breakfast provided by our hotel before we slowly made our way to the airport to turn in our rental car. We had wanted to make a complaint about the condition of our vehicle when we picked it up, but will have to do that via email. This is the story: when we picked up the SUV at the airport, we had not noticed the large nail in one of the tires, as well as a small bulge in the side wall, because the airport garage is quite dark. We noticed this later in the day, and had to wait to replace the tire until we got to Fairbanks, at Enterprise’s cost, which took several hours out of our day. But that wasn’t really the issue. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 29th 2018

Woke up at leisure this time. All of us worked out that morning before breakfast. Good variety by Fairfield! Praveen and I ran around a park near by. It was extremely nice. We got an Uber to Egan convention center. Well organized. We dropped off the bags to be checked in. There were 2 big buses waiting g to ferry passengers to Whittier. Bus promptly left around noon. It is about 90 to 120 minutes depending on tunnel to Whittier. This tunnel is a one way one lane road allowing vehicles and train to share. Top of the hour, Whittier transports head to anchorage and at the bottom of the hour, it is the other way. Driver was very informative and funny. Buses get the preference when they start allowing traffic to flow into Whittier. As ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 28th 2018

We could not get breakfast as we had to leave around 8 am from the hotel to the train station. The day started off cloudy and cold. Hotel shuttle bus took us to the train terminal. One can easily notice the temperature and wind impact in Denali compared to Anchorage. That 300 miles north brings the temperature down about 15 degrees. We had seats in the first row of the train car. All the arrangements were very similar to the train we took up to Denali. Dylan and Kiki were the conductor and bartender for this car. Dylan’s commentary was really good. We debated about having breakfast in the train, but decided to go for lunch instead. We had variety of snacks at hand and that came in handy as breakfast. Soon clouds started to give ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 26th 2018

Today is our Train to Denali. We had a very good breakfast. It was the usual hot breakfast with eggs, oatmeal, fruits and yogurt. We called Uber to the train station. It was predicted to rain 100%.It was drizzling as expected. We left the hotel around 8 am for the 9:15 am train. We had packed luggage in a way that we would keep 3 suitcases in the cloak room in the hotel itself. Since we are staying in the same Fairfield after our return from Denali in Anchorage, we could pick them up at that time. It was a very easy check in process. We showed our tickets and dropped off our luggage except for the backpack. We waited in the depot for 20 minutes before they bused us to the train platform. It was ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage April 26th 2018

A second red eye flight from awaii landed me in Achorage Alaska at 7am. Groggy as hell I made my way to my extremely modest hotel down near the local soup kitchen where I checked in and crashed for a few hours of real sleep. I woke, wandered around the snowy, 'spring' time town, picking up a restorative grilled cheese ruben and found the bike shop that would really make Anchorage special for me. It was run by a great guy called Pete who told me all the local points of interest (ok I mean bars) and rented me a bike. Not just any old thing but a bike with studded tires and fat wheels specially designed to ride on snow and ice. I was skeptical but headed off on the Tony Knowles Coastal trail - ... read more

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