Anchorage, the Dimond CentreAugust 15, 2017 in the United States
Our Hotel is located in the Dimond Centre. It's where all the locals shop with lots of services and outlets nearby. The city is a sprawling western style with low rise buildings spread out among really wide streets and massive car parks. Most people up here drive pickups or big SUV's. The mountains to the east are fairly close and create a jagged skyline. The path of the sun during the day is really different here. At noon, the sun was nowhere near overhead.
The Dimond Centre is an extensive shopping mall on multiple levels. At the bottom level is an ice skating rink where they play hockey, and a bowling alley flanked by eateries. All the mall buildings are linked and obviously heated throughout.
This afternoon, we explored Walmart next door. The security guard out front has got to have the best view of most Walmarts. It's been a recovery day and ended with a drink in the hotel's bar chatting with a Canadian who is working for a company involved in grocery retail. He lives in a village of 400 Inuit people, flies around Alaska with bush pilots.Read more