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Glen Alps

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  • Day12

    Bye bye, Anchorage

    September 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Bevor wir die Großstadt wieder verlassen frühstückten wir noch in einem urigen Diner. Dann noch zum Supermarkt und zurück in die Wildnis.
    Puuh, das war ne wilde Fahrt. Entlang des Captain Cook Inlet hat es heftig gestürmt und unser Wohnmobil wurde heftig durchgeschüttelt. Am Portage Glacier war die Saison schon beendet und das Visitor Center bereits winterfest geschlossen. Da zum Sturm nun noch starker Regen hinzukam, schauten wir uns den Gletscher nur vom geschützten Auto an.
    Der erste Campground den wir anfahren wollten, hatte schon Winterpause. Der Zweite, etwa 15 km weiter, hatte Pleite gemacht. Der Dritte auch schon Winterpause. Erst auf dem vierten Platz hatten wir Glück. Allerdings war das Office bereits geschlossen. Also suchten wir uns einen freien Platz, machten uns einen leckeren Salat und schliefen irgendwann, trotz des immer noch auf das Dach prasselden Regens ein....
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  • Day4

    Natural History at the Federal Building

    August 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Had to go through security to get into the Federal Building to get to the natural history museum. A good visual collection of Alaskan fauna and lots of info and advice about venturing in the wilderness. Amazed by the size of Wolves and the nastiness of the wolverine. Also amazed by the Puffin skull, the actual skull is smaller than the beak.Read more

    Lyn Burg

    Harry said hello :)

    8/17/17Reply
     
  • Day20

    Anchorage

    September 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute kam dann der bekloppte Teil der Reise dran. Ich treffe eine Dame, die ich vor über einem Jahr mal in Langen am Bahnhof getroffen habe. Keine Ahnung ob sie sich noch erinnert. Keine Ahnung ob sie überhaupt da ist.
    Mit dem Taxi bin ich dann zu der Adresse gefahren, die auf der Visitenkarte stand. Da keine Klingel an der Tür war und ich nicht einfach reinwollte (bin ja in Amerika, die schießen gerne mal) hat der Taxifahrer die Telefonnummer angerufen. Es stellte sich heraus, dass die Adresse nicht mehr stimmte und die Dame vor ein paar Monaten ein paar hundert Meter weiter gezogen ist. Also wir dahin gefahren und da stand sie dann auch schon vor der Tür.
    Im ersten Moment wusste sie nicht wer ich bin. Aber als ich ihr dann die Geschichte erzählte, war sie extrem überrascht und fand das total lustig. Sie hat mich dann zu Original Alaska Kaffee eingeladen (ich bin total überdreht, so stark ist der) und wir haben uns lustig unterhalten.
    Zum Mittagessen waren wir in der Midnight Sun Brewing Company, eine kleine lustige Brauerei.
    Danach ging es dann noch auf einen Berg zu einem Aussichtspunkt, von dem man einen guten Blick auf Anchorage hat. Leider war es extrem windig, so dass wir nicht lange geblieben sind.
    Auf dem Rückweg sind wir dann noch an einer Crime Scene vorbeigefahren. Keine Ahnung was da passiert ist, aber es waren ca. 20 Polizeiautos, ein SWAT Team, Feuerwehr und Fernsehsender da. Scheint wohl was größeres gewesen zu sein.
    Sie hat mich dann Downtown irgendwo abgesetzt, wo ich noch ein bisschen rumgelaufen bin und im Hard Rock Café war. Danach noch eine kurze Sightseeing Touristen Bus Tour. Und das war dann auch schon alles für den Tag. Lustig war es.
    Und dann ist das ganze auch schon wieder vorbei. Der ganze Trip war echt schön. Es war cool meine Freunde Ines, Nacho und Gerardo in Thailand getroffen zu haben. Leider wird es viel zu lange dauern bis ich sie wieder sehe.
    Kanada war der Hammer. So viel schöne Landschaft, einfach nur cool. Leider (oder besser Gott sei dank) hab ich keine Bären gesehen. Aber ich war ja auch in Australien und hab keine Koalas gesehen.
    Alaska war dann der verrückt lustige komische Abschluss des ganze.
    Morgen gehts dann zurück nach Hause bzw. erst noch nach Reykjavik. Mal schauen wie es da wird.
    Alles in allem hat alles so geklappt wie ich es geplant habe. Das Wetter hat mitgespielt, da bin ich mehr als glücklich drüber. Mit Regen hätte das alles weniger wenn nicht sogar gar keinen Spaß gemacht.

    Nachtrag: hier der Link zu der Crime Scene, an der wir vorbei gefahren sind, als wir von dem Aussichtspunkt zurückgekommen sind:

    http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2016/09/21/public-asked-to-avoid-hillside-neighborhood-following-report-of-shots-fired-at-work-crew/

    Gut, dass ich bei der ersten Adresse nicht einfach die Tür aufgemacht hab. So nett die Amerikaner ja sein können, aber das mit den Waffen werd ich nie verstehen... Aber ich muss ja nicht alles verstehen.
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    Careina245

    Gabs denn auch die Gratis-Massage?😂

    9/22/16Reply
    Querk

    Ne die haben wir ausgelassen 😂

    9/22/16Reply
     
  • Day10

    Day 10 Ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    May 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    An uneventful flight brought us from the lower 48 to Alaska ... the 49th State ... to begin the next phase of our road trip ... waiting to be reunited with the RV & CR-V, both of which should be at sea even as I write this.

    The downtown Avis Office was due to close at 4:00p. Since, rentals during this pandemic seem to be especially difficult to come by, we didn’t want to risk losing our reservation. So, Mui and I hopped in an Uber for the short drive into the city. Good timing ... with no one ahead of us, we completed the paperwork in record time and were soon driving back to the airport to pick up my brother, Deniz, who was scheduled to land a little after we did.

    We tend to rent a place if we’re going to be in one spot for more than a day or two ... usually from AirB&B or VRBO or similar. We’ve never been disappointed in our choice of property ... until now. Sure, I was expecting the “charming historic cottage” to be old. But I wasn’t expecting it to be rundown. There is a definite disconnect between the pictures on the two websites and reality. The place is just sad.

    No sense dwelling on what we can’t change, so moving on.

    After settling in, Mui and Deniz went shopping for provisions. When they got back, we went to dinner. Our favorite restaurant — Orso — is apparently still closed due to the pandemic. Our second favorite — The Brewhouse — had no tables available. Our third favorite — Sacks Café — is apparently closed permanently. So, we ended up going to the iconic “Humpy’s,” an ale house. We each ordered a halibut dish ... a burger (Mui); tacos (Deniz); fish & chips (me). I remember I wasn’t that impressed with Humpy’s when we ate there in 2001. Twenty years later, my impression has not changed.

    After dinner, we took advantage of the nice, clear evening to go to Resolution Park ... Mount Susitna — aka Sleeping Lady — was indeed napping peacefully. And we even managed to glimpse the tip of the Great One ... Denali. Now, that’s a good way to end our day.
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    Nickie Wilkinson

    Kind of disappointing to be disappointed, huh?

    5/14/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    Only twice in 30 years of traveling that this happened and the other time was a hotel in New York City. Still a good track record.

    5/14/21Reply
     
  • Day14

    Day 14 Ends in Anchorage

    May 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

    We have a new favorite restaurant in Anchorage to add to our list ... Ginger. The restaurant, which specializes in Pacific Rim cuisine, has been around for 14 years. We obviously missed it when we were in Anchorage in 2010. In our defense, that was a very short visit.

    We all enjoyed our dining experience very much. The ambiance — so not Alaska — was a nice change of pace. The service was great ... Joey, in fact, was the consummate waiter. The food ... well, it was excellent.

    Definitely a place we’ll be looking to return to when we next visit Anchorage.

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    For those interested in such things, here’s a description of the various dishes featured in the “food porn” photo ... except for the delicious salad I had as my main course ... it looked as good as it tasted, but I forgot to take a photo.

    Drinks: Deniz … a specialty cocktail … Chupacabra ... tequila, fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit, agave and jalapeño syrup // Me … King Street Pilsner // Mui … a red zinfandel.

    Appetizer to Share: sweet & spicy crispy pork egg rolls … sriracha spiced ground pork and sesame marinated Asian vegetables with sweet chili dipping sauce … surprisingly mild.

    Soup for Deniz: banana and lemongrass soup with deviled crab and curried/candied eggplant … an interesting combo of tastes.

    Main Courses: Deniz … Mee Krob … sweet and spicy chicken, pork, and shrimp sautéed with mixed peppers & jalapeños over crispy vermicelli & rice noodles … his only complaint was that the sriracha smear on the plate was just a bit too spicy // Me … strawberry chili … butter leaf hearts tossed in a creamy sweet chili cilantro dressing with fresh strawberries, and candied pecans // Mui … glazed pork belly with cilantro rice and grilled broccolini … while he could not fault the tasty predation, it was just a little too fatty for his taste … he should have stuck with the seared ahi he had his eye on initially.

    Dessert to Share: green tea crème brûlée … fresh strawberry, house made whipped cream … very creamy and not too sweet.
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    mohotravels

    haven't found food like that anywhere lately. wondrous.

     
  • Day15

    Ziggy’s Murals

    May 17 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

    Leaving the port after picking up the RV & toad, Deniz and Mui went to Costco to fill up since we had only ¼ tank of fuel in each vehicle. While they did that, I returned the rental to Avis’s downtown office and walked back to the cottage ... all told about a mile-long walk.

    On the way to the cottage, some colorful murals that I had not seen before caught my eye. Turns out they were in the alley where Ziggy lives ... he’s the artist who painted them and others around Anchorage. I met him when he came out to investigate why his dog was barking in the backyard.

    My love of murals is well known, so no surprise I spent a few minutes capturing them for my mural gallery.
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  • Day36

    Trolley tour in Anchorage

    July 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    One of our favorite ways to get a feel of a new city is to take their local tour. So we headed into the visitor center to make arrangements. Well after a quick Starbucks drive by and finding a parking lot that would accommodate a 30' RV.... (ALWAYS a challenge in the urban environments) we ended up at the Ulu knife Factory which offered a free shuttle to the visitor center. We finally got on the 10:30 a.m., hour long city tour. Was a pretty good overview, earthquake park, residential districts, seaplane "airport" lake area, downtown landmarks....driver was local so had lots to share.

    Lunch at local brewing company, no fish this time, Tom and I shared a buffalo meatloaf sandwich, excellent! Walked back into town and spent the afternoon at the Anchorage Museum. And that was not enough time. 4 floors with a complicated floor plan due to expansions, and elevators that didnt work so you kind of got lost finding your way around... They had a special exhibit on finding the Northwest Passage, which we simply gave too much time to and missed a lot of other parts of the museum. I simply need to be more strategic in visiting these big places! Give myself 30 minutes per floor or some thing like that to keep me moving through! Loved the bits and pieces I managed to fit in at last minute. Some great older art pieces from the 1900s (lots of Mt. McKinley) and some more contemporary pieces.

    Back to the visitor center to catch the shuttle to the Ulu Factory, which is located on Ship Creek. So as we got back to the creek area we spent some time watching the salmon fishing. I don't know that this was exactly"combat" fishing, but there were a lot of folks fishing this creek!

    Headed to a RV park on the outskirts of Anchorage, I would have been happy to go back to Cabelas, but we are going to be dry camping the next two nights so really wanted to take a shower in anticipation of no facilities!
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    That's pretty convenient. Looks like a lot of RV's at this park. Lollie

    7/26/19Reply

    I'm glad you are having good weather. It's been in the triple digits here. Maybe you can send some our way. Lollie

    7/26/19Reply
     

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