We had to wake up early (again - is this really a vacation?) and ate very well at the hotel's breakfast buffet. since we don't know if or when our next meal will happen, we have learned to get what we can, when we can!
Our hostess for Anchorage met us in the lobby and told us she was at our disposal until 12 noon. So we got into her car and drove around Anchorage.
Since DH is a volunteer firefighter, he had to stop at the firehouse to exchange patches. We had a nice visit with the firemen and they took DH on a tour of the inside of the firehouse, where they live for 2 days at a time. Then she dropped us off at the Anchorage Museum and we toured that for awhile.
There were many interactive stops, but I got in trouble for taking flash photos. It was difficult to get my camera NOT to flash!
We left the Useum (Gallagher would know this) and began walking...and walking. We went to 2nd Avenue and hit all the stores there. Many tourist-y shops, but a few had Real Alaskan Goods. By then it was 2 PM and we were hungry, so we stopped at a place where there was a children's play happening in the park and we got Reindeer sausages from a cart. They were very good, kind of like Hillshire Farms smoked beef sausages. Then we found a homemade ice cream shop and had a wonderful time talking with the very Russian proprieters. They let us sample a couple of flavors and we selected Alaskan blueberry cream, raspberry chocolate, Hawaiian coconut, and fireweed honey. Very excellent ice cream and DH is a conissiuer of ice cream and he was thrilled!
We continued walking, refreshed and ready for the teeny, tiny log cabin Visitor's Center.
Then we kept going to the Coastal Trail and walked about a mile down that. By this time, we were pooped and our feet were on fire, so we trudged back the 3 miles to our hotel and crashed for a couple of hours.
Dinnertime and we were debating on 2 restaurants. I wanted to go to Humpy's just because of the name, but someone else wanted to go to the Glacier Beer House, so I gave in. Well, am I glad I lost! Best. root. beer. ever! They brew their own root beer with real sasparilla and vanilla - and their own cream soda, too. And, oh yeah, they craft and brew 8 kinds of beer. We had a great meal in the bar area and for a Monday, it was packed! Nice conversation with 3 Australians and good food and drink. Then we wandered around to gawk at the local homes. (I don't know what happened to our pics of Anchorage - they seem to have disappeared! sorry...)
Back to our hotel to bed for another early day. The van picks us up at 6:45AM to head to the train station and Denali Park next!
BTW - Dh's phone logged our miles today and we walked 14.67 miles in Anchorage!