Playing Tourist – Part 1

Tour buses

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend it snowed, but this weekend is turning out to be absolutely gorgeous. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the temperature is hovering close to 70 degrees.

I decided to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday, by heading to downtown Anchorage and taking a walk along the coastal trail and through the weekend market. With camera in hand, I decided I would play tourist and take a bunch of photos to share with you. (Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

~Enjoy~
AK Mom

Westchester Lagoon

Westchester Lagoon

We begin our walking tour at Westchester Lagoon, which is a popular bird watching spot located on the Tony Knowles Coastal trail.

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Geese and Seagulls enjoying Westchester Lagoon.

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We leave Westchester Lagoon and head north on the coastal trail, heading to downtown Anchorage.

As we approach Knik Arm, we are treated to a spectacular view of Mount Susitna.

Mt. Susitna

Mt. Susitna (or Sleeping Lady Mountain as it is commonly known)

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Railroad tracks run along a portion of the coastal trail, but sadly, no trains were going by on this day.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Many of the trees along the trail still look rather brown, but if you look very closely, you can find some green leaves just beginning to emerge.

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After walking a little over 1 1/2 miles, we begin to approach downtown Anchorage.

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A Toast… To the Pioneer Women!

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There’s the Weekend Market, up on that hill.

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Entering the Downtown Anchorage Weekend Market.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for Playing Tourist – Part 2, where we’ll take a trip through the market, and explore a few of the sights of downtown Anchorage.

Have a wonderful day!

Coastal Trail Hike

Chugach Mountain Range as seen from the Coastal Trail

Chugach Mountain Range as seen from the Coastal Trail

Wow! It has been such a busy week, that I haven’t even had a chance to post photos from the hike we took over the Memorial Day weekend. But I guess, as the saying goes, “better late than never”. :)

There’s still quite a bit of snow up in the high country, which is understandable after the record-breaking snowfall we received this past Winter, so we decided to take our first hike of the season along the scenic coastal trail in Anchorage.

It had rained for the first two days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but Monday morning we woke to brilliant blue skies and bright sun streaming through our windows. It was definitely a great day for a hike.

Below are just a few of the photos that I took during our 5-mile coastal trail hike.

~Enjoy~




Pretty little creek

Pretty little creek

Boat anchored near the port

Boat anchored near the port

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail

Mount Susitna (a.k.a Sleeping Lady)

Mount Susitna (a.k.a Sleeping Lady)

Downtown Anchorage as seen from the Coastal Trail

Downtown Anchorage as seen from the Coastal Trail

Duck near the mudflats

Duck near the mudflats

Ferns

Ferns

Ferns and water

Ferns and water

Cute little bridge

Cute little bridge

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