Monday, July 15 was a free day in Anchorage. The Bulls were off doing something–don’t remember what at this point. Some of the group went to a local museum, but I was told that it wasn’t all that interesting. Instead, I decided to head down to the Turnagain Arm once more to see if I could catch a bore tide. If you remember a few posts ago, this area has the largest tides in North America after the Bay of Fundy. I was also hoping that the haze from the wildfire would have improved, as the wind had picked up and was blowing to the south, away from us.Continue reading “Day Fifty One: Revisiting the Turnagain Arm”
Moving day. We were heading to Anchorage, which meant driving back up the same route we’d come down. Fire haze, smoky smell and overcast skies. We were one of the last rigs to head out from Homer. I took this picture after several had already left. I knew I’d miss this park and the views quite a lot.
Our destination was an RV park in Anchorage called the Golden Nugget RV park. Amanda, Jeff, and Jackie had already arrived in Wasilla, which is a northern suburb of Anchorage. The drive north from Homer was hazy, but uneventful. I did stop briefly at the Fred Meyer in Soldotna. Grabbed some lunch stuff and drinks. We basically retraced the route down to back to the junction that either goes south to Seward or north to Anchorage. Back around the Turnagain Arm and finally got close to Anchorage.
While there are no true interstates in Alaska–obviously–the roads approaching Anchorage widen out and there can be quite a bit of traffic. It is a very easy town to navigate, and I really didn’t have any trouble finding my way to the park.
I will say that the Golden Nugget was a tight squeeze for many. I suppose any urban location for an RV park is going to be a bit tight. The Bulls surprised me by showing up as I was being directed into my site. I did the basics to unhook, then jumped in their rental SUV and we headed off to dinner. Now, this was a Sunday evening and not a ton was open. We ended up eating at a Qdoba off the Seward Highway. That was it for day Fifty. The Bulls headed back to Wasilla and I went to bed. We were staying in Anchorage for one more night, and I was planning to take advantage of the day and go down to the Turnagain Arm area to see if I could get some good pictures. It’s really quite a neat area. So, just the one pic above for Day Fifty, but I should make up for that with the next update.
And, just as a preview, our next stop after Anchorage is Denali!!!!
Our last day in Homer found me sticking close to the beach. I mean, with a view like this from the window, how can you leave? Continue reading “Day Forty Nine: Last Day on the Spit”
Twice in my life I’ve stayed in hotels/condos right on the beach (Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico). When I lived in Lima, Peru I rented an apartment overlooking the Pacific. Those were amazing experiences, but I have to say that waking up on a spit of land in the middle of Kachemak Bay was really, really cool. Continue reading “Day Forty Eight: Homer”
I was really excited about July 11th. Homer was one of those places I was eager to visit. And, my baby sister, her husband and mother in law were due to fly in to Anchorage late on July 10th, catch some zzzs and then drive down to Homer! Continue reading “Day Forty Seven: Seward to Homer”
A couple of small buses took our group into Seward, where we wandered through a few gift shops while waiting for our boarding time for the Resurrection Bay cruise. There are quite a few boats moored in Seward, and I spent some of my time wandering the dock and looking at them. Continue reading “Day Forty Six: a Cruise Around Resurrection Bay”
July 9th stands out in my mind for several reasons. First, Jerry and Wendy had made it safely to the RV park! They got there around 1am; Jerry told me later that if it hadn’t been light out past midnight, they would have stopped. One of the advantages of the long days! And our visit to the Alaska Sealife Center is one of my favorite memories. I got what I think are some outstanding pictures. Continue reading “Day Forty Five: Alaska Sealife Center”
Before we get into this travel day, I want to apologize for any misunderstanding about my last post. Today is August 12th; the Fantasy tour ended in Ferndale, WA on August 9th. I’m currently in Spangle, but will soon have to leave to make my way back to Indiana. I got way behind on the blog due to many factors that I’ve mentioned earlier, but in blog time we’re only at July 8th. Each post is one day, even if I did next to nothing on that day. There are LOTS of pictures and adventures still to be posted. So stay tuned!
It’s over. Done. Finished.
I felt much better after sleeping, though my lips hurt. I didn’t have any aloe to put on my burning skin, which was still radiating heat. I just used some regular lotion and vowed to find aloe in Palmer, which was our destination for this travel day. Continue reading “Day Forty Two: Leaving Valdez….”