We flew into Anchorage and spent a couple of days exploring
the city. Riding the “People Mover” (public bus) we really got to
meet some very interesting Alaskans. We took trolley tours of the
city of Anchorage and the environs.
Heritage Center - This is a must visit. Native storytellers and
natives demonstrating the arts and ways of their people.
Alaska Zoo – a natural
wooded vista that showed the bears, caribou, moose, seals, otters
and the fantastic polar bear exhibit.
Mountain – excellent view of Anchorage.
Hood – Lake Spenard 190 floatplanes take off and land on these
lakes every day. It was fun dining and watching all the planes.
(Regal Alaskan Hotel restaurants)
We really wanted to experience Alaska so
we took the Alaska Railroad Millennium Tour. No, we never slept on
the railroad. It was organized into segments.
This four-hour trip was unbelievable. The scenery
all around was fantastic. The guide in the domed observation car
gave us fantastic information on the sights we were experiencing. We
even managed to see some wildlife on this excursion.
Mountains surround this city and it is quite a
Boat cruise on Resurrection
Bay. Interesting tour of the sea life (sea lions, puffins,
etc.). Take this cruise when the waters are calm!
SEWARD SAMPLER TOUR
In southcentral Alaska near the town of Seward is the Exit
Glacier at Kenai
Fjords National Park. We climbed up the mountainside to touch
the glacier. Very interesting.
Sled Dog Mushing – Seavey
Family kennels. They encouraged us to hold the young pups and it
was hard getting away from the cuddly five-day-old huskies! Great
explanation of the ardors of the Iditarod Sled Race. The sled ride
and tour were great.
Base station for assaults on Mt. McKinley
a lot of wildlife on this eight hour tour. Binoculars are a must to
spot the grizzly bears, moose, caribou and other wildlife who roam
free in this preserve. If you are lucky you can see Mt. McKinley (we
only saw about 35%).
– Great boat tour that summarized our entire trip. ****Saw bush pilot in action
Visited the home of Iditarod
Champion Susan Butcher
Watched Native woman prepare a salmon
caught in a fishweel
Toured a native Chena Village
Dorado Gold Mine
Excellent tour of a working gold mine. It is
hard work panning for gold!! ***
Alaska Museum at the
University of Alaska – Fairbanks – Very nice museum and view.
Photographs by Cybrary Man
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