So, having arrived in Anchorage, we set out to explore the city:
It’s a beautiful city, and about half of the state’s 600,000 residents live there. It was the end of the tourist season, but still warm (light jacket weather) and full of bright flowers, pocket parks, and interesting “stuff” like this vibrant mural on the side of the Kobuk Coffee building:
while my BIL went to the Alaska Trooper Museum.
We watched cruise ship passengers leaving on the observation train for Denali, saw the memorial to Alaska’s statehood, and this sign outside a local bar:
The Glacier Brewhouse was recommended as a great place for dinner, but we didn’t have reservations and it turned out to be a 2-hour wait (the cruise ships send passengers there, too). Ended up at Phyllis’s Cafe & Salmon Bake and had some great seafood, including that day’s fresh-caught silver salmon special.
Drove to Earthquake Park after dinner (it was still light until almost 10:00 p.m.) and walked through the displays about the 9.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Alaska on Good Friday in 1964. Fascinating history, and pretty scary to see the level of destruction that occured there. You can still see evidence of the damage today.
We headed back to the hotel after that to get ready for the next day’s adventure–the drive to Denali National Park!