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    • Anchorage, Alaska—2

      May 7 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

      On our second day in Anchorage, we embarked on a scenic drive along a beautiful highway to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we observed rescued native animals up close. After dinner, we explored Earthquake Park, delving into its fascinating history and enjoying the views of the city and surrounding landscapes shaped by the 1964 earthquake.Read more

    • Day 6

      To Anchorage

      June 25, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      Today we are off to Anchorage. To get there, we are taking a dome train to Telkeetna. Remember the TV show Northern Exposure? Story based on this town and where the opening credits were filmed with the moose walking down Main Street. That is where we are heading. We get the train and head out of Denali on a 5 hour trip. Scenery is beautiful. Mostly cloudy day but the sun did make its appearance on occasion. We had a guide on the train who explained everything along the way. Hoping to see some kind of wildlife along the way as the probability was good, but had to settle for some trumpeter swans. Had lunch in the dinning car and had bison sandwich with a Mosquito Bite (That’s a drink). It was very good. The food so far on the trip has been very good. But the prices…. It’s very expensive. About an hour before getting to Telkeetna, we had to pull off to a side track to let two other trains pass. That delayed us by 1.5 hours. While we sat there, Apparently a moose crossed the tracks in front of the engine but no one was able to see it. We did run out of vodka so when the first train came by. It stopped along side and we traded potato chips for a bottle. While this happened, our dome car was having fun with the other dome car. They were acting like they saw something spectacular outside their car which we couldn’t see. We did “the wave” down our side. Exchange was done and we finally got a new supply of vodka, and got back to traveling. Unfortunately, the delay meant we couldn’t spend any time in Telkeetna. It looked like such a cute town. (Note to self, if you ever get back to Alaska, make sure to visit here). So now its off to Anchorage. We did stop by to get Ice cream. Paul had promised the three little kids in our group that if there were really good on the trip and didn’t make the group late for any departures, that he would buy them Ice cream. So this is where he made good on his promise as the kids have been really good. Got into Anchorage about 6ish, got a quick tour of the downtown area then headed to the Sheraton Hotel. It is the tallest building in Anchorage. It is anchorage’s skyline. Went to dinner at a nice restaurant about 8 blocks down the street. Since we did not have a reservation we had to eat at the bar. Met a Man sitting next to us who was also traveling to Denali so we talked about all our adventures. Got back to hotel about 830 and called it a night.

      Turns out we are becoming famous on our tour. We are known as the two Sue’s. Paul thought it was funny to call us Sue and Sue attorneys at law.
      Going forward everyone on the bus called us the two Sue’s.
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    • Day 84

      Anchorage Museum

      July 25, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      After we drove back from Ship Creek, we grabbed a quick bite and then walked into town, using the shortcut the campground manager told us about … through the back of the property. We had a short, but steep hike up … which we could have avoided had we gone in the opposite direction and found the steps leading up instead.

      When we were in Anchorage in May, we wanted to go to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center with Deniz. Unfortunately, the day we set aside for the museum, it was closed. And when another opportunity came up, we opted to hike instead. So, today that’s where we went. So glad we did.

      With the TourSaver BOGO, we only paid $20 for the two of us … which turned out to be a bargain since the museum was so much bigger than we anticipated … and so much more enjoyable and interesting.

      [In addition to recouping the cost of the TourSaver app a while back, I am now $225 ahead of the game. Not bad considering that except for the WRST flightseeing none of the big ticket items were not of interest to us.]

      The museum has three permanent exhibitions. First — Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska … consisting of glass cases filled with items from the Smithsonian. Second — Alaska … which tells the story of the 49th state from multiple perspectives, “… reflecting the ingenuity, technology, ways of knowing and intimate understanding of the landscape that have allowed people to survive and thrive across the North.” Third — Art of the North … which had some great paintings … and some pieces that were a little odd.

      There were several temporary exhibits as well … two of which caught our attention. One of them focused on the women of the north and the other was a retrospective of the art of Inupiaq artist Ronald Senungetuk (1933-2020) who “… was a world-renowned sculptor, silversmith and woodcarver who blended ancestral Inupiaq forms with modern concepts and materials.”

      Our afternoon at the museum goes into the books as a definite highlight of this trip.
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    • Day 83

      Day 83 Ends @ Ship Creek RV Park

      July 24, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      Our uneventful drive up the Seward Highway to Anchorage has brought us to Ship Creek RV Park on the north side of the city.

      The consensus amongst RVers to Alaska seems to be that there are no decent campgrounds in Anchorage. I beg to differ. While where we are is not a “destination,” it is more than adequate and would make a good base from which to explore the city and nearby destinations.

      I made reservations here due to its convenience to the Port of Anchorage. I knew it would be in an industrial area … and close to the train tracks. In fact, we checked the place out when we were in Anchorage in May just to make sure we’d be happy here for a night or two and decided that it would do nicely. Thus far, nothing has changed that opinion.

      The campground is very well maintained … pristine, in fact. We are in an FHU site at the front of the campground. The gravel pad is level. Admittedly, the sites are narrow and it would probably feel tight if the campground was at capacity. But it isn’t and they are spreading campers around instead of clustering everyone together. We’ve got two sites open on one side and one site open on the other side.

      We’re a 10-15 minute walk to downtown … via a shortcut through the back of the campground. We’ll take advantage of that tomorrow.
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    • Day 84

      Combat Fishing … NOT!

      July 25, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

      A good night’s rest … with only one train going by that felt like it was rolling over us due to the proximity of the train tracks to Ship Creek RV Park. The train rattled down the tracks … blew its horn a couple of times … and then it was gone. We are, in fact, on railroad property, so no surprise. And it wasn’t a big deal since we don’t really mind train noise unless it is constant.

      A quiet morning at the campground … sitting on the patio to enjoy the nice day forecasted by the weather guys. Around 11:00a, we drove over to Ship Creek to check out the anglers. We could have walked, but we wanted to save our footsteps for our afternoon plans.

      When we were in Anchorage in June 2001, we had walked to the creek to watch what is termed “Combat Fishing” … hundreds of anglers standing shoulder to shoulder plying rod and reel in hopes of catching their allotment of salmon … some along the edge of the water … others in the middle of the stream … fishing lines whipping through the air to land with a splash in the water … over and over and over again.

      Alas, we didn’t get to see this today. There were some anglers, but not in the numbers we were expecting. Perhaps the wrong time in the salmon season. Perhaps the wrong time of the day.
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    • Day 18

      Katastrophe

      June 14, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Es wäre zu schön gewesen... Wir verließen früh unser traumhaftes Plätzchen am Kenai Lake um uns nach Seward zu begeben. Dass die Kenai Peninsula der Hotspot für die Einheimischen ist, wussten wir. Aber die Kombination mit Wochenende und Lachs-Saison hatten wir maßlos unterschätzt. Bestimmt über 2.000 Stellplätze, aber keiner mehr für uns. Wild campen fiel aus, da unser Gas zur Neige ging. Die Freikilometer zeigten ebenfalls bereits einen negativen Wert. Also mussten wir zwangsweise wieder zurück nach Anchorage. 4 Tage auf einem Campground in der Nähes des Hbf dieser Metropole.... das sollte tatsächlich das glorreiche Finale unserer Reise sein 😟.
      Kein Whale-Watching, kein Kayaking... sondern 4-Tage Womo-Putzen ???
      Frustriert ins Bett....
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    • Day 32

      Coastal bike trail Anchorage

      June 22, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

      Explored a few parks in downtown Anchorage and bummed the coastal trail without getting wet!

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