Thursday, July 6

Glacier-fed fjord We began our Alaska adventure by flying from San Diego to Anchorage. During our stopover in Seattle, my parents greeted us with a nice lunch. As we flew from Seattle to Anchorage, we got our first taste of the snow-capped mountains and the fjords fed by vast glaciers and rivers. From the airport in Anchorage we took a shuttle to our B&B, the Lilac House. It was a short walk from the B&B into downtown, and we stopped in several art galleries on our way to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. The art in the museum focused primarily on mountain landscapes and pictures of the people and animals of Alaska.

Snow-capped mountains

Sun over Turnagain Arm, 10:00p.m. By good fortune, the free tour book we picked up in the airport listed several vegetarian-friendly restaurants. We stopped in one of them, the Snow City Cafe, for dinner. While we ate, several artists came in and began rearranging the art on the walls. We took a leisurely walk back home along the Turnagain Arm, stopping to watch the tiny Alaska Train go by. Although it was after 10:00 by the time we got back, the sun was still well above the horizon.

Alaska Train

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Julie Kerr, July 16, 2000