Saturday, September 22, 2001
Hello from Anchorage, Alaska!
Start time: 1030
Start odometer: 13771
Weather: Mostly cloudy day, temp at 46 degrees,
temperature 46 F.
- Drove back to the Flattop parking area, took a short trail to an
observation area overlooking Anchorage. An incredible view, I was
again amazed at the size of the city. The Alaskan Mountain range was
visible beyond Cook Inlet providing a beautiful backdrop of snow capped
- I visited a Russian store I saw the previous day and picked up some
Russian tea and Hungarian sausage!
- Stopped by the Anchorage Home and Garden Show. Typical show, with an area
set aside where local craftspeople sold their wares
- At the show, met Susan Brenner of the Alaska Job Center Network.
Picked up some literature and web address for jobs in Alaska. Never
know where I will end up!
- Returned to the Anchorage Visitor Center to say good-bye to Mary Ann and
Elliot, the people working there who helped me when I arrived.
- Walked to the Alaska Experience Center which has two options for
entertainment. First, they offer a fifteen minute production where you view
a movie about the 1964 earthquake. As with similar earthquake displays I have seen
in other cities, the seating area is moved by hydraulics to simulate an
earthquake. I know what they had to offer was no comparison to four
minutes of the 9.2 earthquake that hit this area. The second feature
was in a movie theatre with a 180 degree screen presenting a movie about
- It was getting late in the day, and I planned on visiting a few places as
I headed northwest out of Anchorage. Since I was not sure they would
be open late, I decided to stay in Anchorage one more day. (I am
enjoying myself here!) This also allowed me to do a few more things in
town, which included taking a drive along the Port of Anchorage
- I made a reservation for a show, and checked yet again into the Northern
- Called my friend Cheryl to let her know I found myself staying in
Anchorage again. She has been watching the Help Wanted section of the
paper for me, and found some interesting possibilities. Keep looking,
and thanks again to Guy and you for entertaining me during my visit to
Anchorage! It was great to see you two again.
- Tonight I saw a performance of the "Whale Fat Follies"
at the Fly by Night Lounge. It is a
musical-comedy that pokes fun at
Alaska, as well as other topics. It was the final show of the summer
season, and I was very pleased to be able to see this very funny
production. There was a band playing, and I met the drummer, David
Fitzgerald, who has a sister from North Canton, Ohio, a town next to the
city where I was born and raised.
- Tomorrow I head out of Anchorage, and will take with me many nice
- Thanks for looking at the page!
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Anchorage from Flattop
Another look towards Anchorage.
Downtown Anchorage, looking west.
Looking east along the same
Fourth Avenue in front of the
Anchorage Visitor Center.
This is the east side of the
Anchorage Visitor Center, where I met Mary Ann and Elliot. Thanks for
your great assistance!
The west side of the visitor
center. I liked the sod roof!
Catty-corner from the visitor
center is the Alaska Public Lands
Information Center. They had interesting displays, information,
and movies about the state. I visited this place when I was in
Anchorage in 1989.
Routes traveled today: Anchorage streets
Hotel: Northern Lights Inn -
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