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  • Day4

    Anchorage and the Museum

    August 16, 2017 in the United States

    This morning we rode the People Mover from the Dimond Centre into the city terminus. It took around 25 minutes. We had a bonus......Wednesday is Seniors Free-to-ride day. The drivers are so patient and the buses are totally wheelchair enabled. On regular days, the fare is $2/ride or $5 all day and if you're a senior it is $1. Needless to say, the transit is well used.

    Shopping is centred around the 5th Ave Mall. Multiple levels across multiple blocks with enclosed bridges across the roads. All the main stores are here - well known US brands like Nordstrom and JC Penney, along with the international brands like Sephora, Pandora etc.

    Over 4 levels, the Anchorage Museum has a lot to offer. The top 2 levels are temporary exhibits; the 2nd level is a partnership with the Smithsonian in an exhibit called "I am Inuit"; and the lower level is given over to discovery and education; with a look into the conservation area close up.

    Level 4 had a temporary exhibit about Slow TV. An interesting concept where you can watch things that evolve slowly in order to reduce the stress of modern life. Yes, it is Scandinavian in origin, from Norway, but it has been picked up by Netflix. You can watch a crackling open fire, take a train ride in real time, watch an icebreaker cut a path through sea ice etc.

    Level 3's exhibit dealt with the relationship between Alaska and Russia, historically and present day. Purchased for US$7.2 million in 1867, the cheque is on display and official document. Maps show the border, International Date Line, between the Diomede Islands. Big Diomede is part of Siberia and Little Diomede is Alaska. An interesting contrast was the Russian and US depictions of Santa Claus. We checked out the nesting dolls and an interesting one was all the US presidents alongside their Russian counterparts in the nesting doll format. Some space was taken up about the role of dogs in both countries particularly in exploration both on the ice and in space.

    Level 2 is the "I am an Inuit" exhibition. A very interesting look at the culture and artefacts of Inuit tribes of Alaska. Of particular note, we had never seen the Gut Parka made from the intestines of captured animals. It's waterproof and light, the Inuit version of a spray jacket. It amazes us how many commonalities there are between the Inuit and the Asian cultures like Mongolia. The last pic is a set of Inuit armour, which we had never seen before.

    The lower level was a discovery and education space which was a great way interactive space for kids. Windows give an easy look into the conservator's domain. Currently, they were working on leather garments.
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  • Day2

    Salmon Fishing

    August 5 in the United States

    Am Ship Creek tummeln sich um diese Jahreszeit zahlreiche Fischer um einen der beliebten Lachse aus dem Wasser zu ziehen. Für Spontane gibt es neben der Brücke auch gleich ein Schuppen wo man sich das Equipment mieten kann um sein eigenes Nachtessen zu fangen. Schwierig scheint es nicht zu sein. Sieht man doch die Lachsschwärme von blossem Auge flussaufwärts schwimmen. Haken rein - Fisch raus.

  • Day14

    Anchorage

    August 1 in the United States

    Den heutigen Tag hatten wir uns mal freigenommen, sind später aufgestanden und einfach mal durch die Stadt geschlendert. Anchorage unterscheidet sich vom übrigen Alaska, eine Stadt wie es sie woanders auch gibt, enorm schnell gewachsen durch das Oil.
    In einer Bar hatten wir dann noch Dan Brown getroffen, war angenehm über sein neuestes Buch zu plaudern.
    Morgen früh geht es dann mit der Bahn in den Denali NP, wo uns lt. Wetterbericht Regen und Temperaturen knapp über den Gefrierpunkt erwarten.Read more

  • Day17

    Zurück nach Anchorage

    August 4 in the United States

    So allmählich nähern wir uns dem Ende der schönen Reise. Der Zug brachte uns zurück nach Anchorage, abends waren wir noch einmal in det 49th State Craft Brewery (da wo wir vor einigen Tagen Dan Brown getroffen hatten :)).

  • Day8

    Die Nachzügler kommen!

    August 11 in the United States

    Der zweite Teil unserer Reise beginnt heute. Unsere Freunde Alessia, Moira, Matteo und Riccardo stossen zu uns.
    Am abend holen wir unsere zwei Camper ab und fahren los Richtung Norden.

  • Day13

    Laundry stop before air museum

    June 13, 2017 in the United States

    Coin op laundry prices have skyrocketed!!

    Nice cemetary next door.

  • Day18

    Letzter Tag und Rückreise

    August 5 in the United States

    In wemigen Minuten checken wir im Hotel aus, dann haben wir noch 4h Anchorage bis wir zum Flughafen fahren. Wir nutzen die verbleibende Zeit für den Markt und wohl auch für einen letzten Besuch im ...
    Wir hatten hier wirklich eine sehr schöne Zeit, voller beeindruckender Naturerlebnisse. Die Organisaton in unserer 2er Gruppe hat prima geklappt, gab im Verlauf keinerlei Probleme. Wir haben auch sehr viele ausgesprochen nette Menschen kennengelernt (meist auch zu zweit unterwegs). Die meisten der Amerikaner, die wir trafen, hatten deutsche Wurzeln, lebten zeitweisr in Deutschland oder hatten sonst einen Bezug.
    Bis bald dann wieder zu Hsuse
    Tini+Bernd
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