North To Alaska (State Fair & Back to Anchorage)

Woke up Saturday morning with the Alaska State Fair right across from our hotel. The Noisy Goose was next door, so we breakfasted there. Full of locals and fair-goers, The Noisy Goose was definitely noisy, but the food was very good. We even tried reindeer sausage, which was fine (tasted like sausage).  

Reindeer sausage
Reindeer sausage

Drove around Palmer a bit to see what the town was like, then joined the crowds entering the fairgrounds. Similar to state fairs everywhere, except for more emphasis on snow-related vehicles and truly GIANT prize-winning vegetables.  

Time & Temperature at the Alaska Choice Inn Motel
Time & Temperature at the Alaska Choice Inn Motel
Alaska State Fair sign
Alaska State Fair sign
Prize-winning 100+ lb. cabbage
Prize-winning 100+ lb. cabbage
More prize-winning veggies
More prize-winning veggies
329 lb. pumpkin
Prize-winning pumpkin
Friendly yeti overlooking the livestock exhibits
Friendly yeti overlooking the livestock exhibitsPrize-winning pumpkin

"Fryer Tuck" fried corn on the cob, "Sweeties," (fried sweet potatoes) & "Shroomies" (fried mushrooms)
"Friar Tuck" fried corn on the cob, "Sweeties" (fried sweet potatoes), "Wedgies" (fried potato wedges), & "Shroomies" (fried mushrooms)

Left Palmer; headed back to Anchorage. Our mini-van was completely awash in snacks, maps, flyers, and whatever we’d picked up/purchased at the fair. Good weather predicted for the following day, so we planned to take a “flight-seeing” tour of Denali via float plane. Called Rust’s Flying Service and reserved a spot. Found out they had a special deal because of Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood–$50 off flights for anyone with a 50th birthday in 2009. Since we were in Alaska partially to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday, he got to take advantage of the deal!

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