Northwest bound travel blog

Our tour bus

Can't get away from orange cones even in Alaska

Anchorage as seen from Earthquake Park

Starting line for Iditerod and Fur Rendevous World Championship Races

Fur is used extensively

Really?

Lots of salmon fishermen

Look at those fish!

Yummy

Lake Hood has lots of planes

Anchorage is at the foot of the Chugach Mountains

View of Anchorage from Chugach Mountains


Anchorage, AK Kevin of Salmonberry Tours picked us up promptly this morning. There were only 7 on our tour as we explored Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. There are about 710,000 people in the whole state. Close to 300,000 of them live in Anchorage. Fairbanks is home to roughly 100,000 while the capital, Juneau, has only 50,000. But remember that there are no roads into Juneau. It can be reached by plane or boat only. Anchorage was established in 1914 as a tent city. Imagine living in a tent year round in Alaska! One of the places on our tour was Delaney Park. A long, narrow park, it was originally a fire break before it became a golf course and then an airstrip. Now it is just an attractive city park. We also checked out Ship Creek and marveled at the huge number of salmon fishermen all crowded into the narrow river. They were catching fish though so apparently they have learned the knack of not catching another’s line. Our tour guide calls this “combat fishing”. We went to the state-owned Lake Hood Seaplane Base. There are over 1,000 seaplanes here and about 400 take-offs and landings per day. There are 3 separate sea landing areas and one gravel runway. We saw planes with pontoons, planes with regular wheels and planes with special tundra wheels. 97% of the planes are single engine. Tomorrow we are headed out into less populated areas. Hopefully we can send our journal still tomorrow but we will see. We may have to play catch-up so do not worry if an entry is missing.

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