Monday, July 30, 2007
Day 15 June 30
After a sleepless night, caused by rowdy drunk neighbors in the campground, we got the motorhome turned in at the appointed time. Since we had several hours until our flight left, we walked several blocks to get lunch, and to a quilt shop that was on Old Seward Hwy. We had a nice visit with the owner, and then walked back to the rental place, to catch their shuttle to the airport. Our flight left Anchorage at 5pm, and we got into Orlando at 7am July 1. It was uneventful except for one lost piece of luggage, containing ALL our dirty clothes. That's ok, I can do laundry another day. There were many people in the lost luggage line. Apparently Alaska Air doesn't have such a good reputation with luggage. Our connection time in Seattle was very short, and I think that's what caused the problem. It did show up the next day, thank goodness.
We just scratched the surface of what Alaska has to offer, and I'm sure we will go back. It was a wonderful trip, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Later in the day, we drove back to Anchorage and visited the Alaska Native Heritage center. This museum covers all 5 native tribes in Alaska, and was very interesting. We didn't get to spend as much time there as we would have liked. They had a demonstration of the Eskimo olyimpics, replicas of different types of native homes, native art, tools and many other interesting items. Almost everyone on staff had at least some native heritage and it was noted on their nametags.
We found a city owned campground for our last night, and spent the evening packing and getting ready to go home the next day.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We arrived at Denali National Park mid-morning. We toured the visitor center, checked into our campground, and made sure our tickets for the bus trip tomorrow were correct. We were really, really hoping to get a good view of Mt McKinely, but we were told that only 30% of visitors do. Today, we are definately not in that 30%.
On the way to the park, we stopped to get gas and groceries. There isn't a "real" grocery store until you go to Anchorage or Fairbanks, but there are small markets. Fresh food is VERY hard to come by. I ended up paying $.75 for ONE apple! There were no fresh vegetables at all. Fortunately I had purchased enough frozen items in Anchorage that we were ok, but I guess the people that live there really have to plan ahead. We are so spoiled here in that respect, both with the availability of fresh items, and with many stores.
Later in the day, we visited the sled dog kennels in the park. These are working dogs in the winter, and are used for patrols within the park. They are much more reliable than snowmobiles! I was really hoping to see some puppies, but there weren't any at the moment. These dogs love to run and pull the sled. I really don't think they consider it work at all.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
In Seward, we stayed at the Waterfront park, which is city owned, and right along the water. We could walk everywhere, leaving the RV parked. We got a good spot, in the first row, so we had an unobstructed view of the water and all the harbor activity. We saw sea otter, seals, eagles, and all kinds of boats. This was the view from our RV.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Day 1 June 16
We were up at 4:30am ET to catch our plane. My mom arrived at 5:15 to take us to the airport. Once we got through security, we stopped to get some breakfast. Steve turned around and saw Nancy, one of the teachers I sub for. She and two other church members were leaving to go on a church mission trip. We sat and chatted until it was time to go to our plane. We took off from Orlando at 8:30, changed planes in Seattle (had to walk very briskly to make the connection), and landed in Anchorage, Alaska at 2:45pm Alaska time. There is a 4 hr time difference, so it was really almost 7 as far as we were concerned,and we had very little lunch. We got our luggage, and the RV rental place picked us up and took us to their place. After watching a very intimidating film about how to drive an RV, and signing a ton of papers, we were off. We went to Wal-Mart to buy fishing supplies and various items, then to the grocery store to stock up with necessities. Then we grabbed a bite to eat at a resturant near the grocery store. As we were driving south on the Seward Hwy, out of Anchorage towards Cook Inlet, I looked at the mountains and that's when it hit me. We really were in Alaska! I had wanted to go there since I was a teenager, and finally it happened.