Playing Tourist – Part 2

Anchorage Weekend Market

Anchorage Weekend Market

Welcome to Part 2 of Playing Tourist, where we’ll take a trip through the Weekend Market, and explore a few of the sights of downtown Anchorage.

~Enjoy~
AK Mom

(Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

Alaska Fur Products

Alaska Fur Products

Tundra - The Comic Strip

Tundra – The Comic Strip

Alaska Crafts

Alaska Crafts

Pretty Vests and Jackets for sale

Pretty Vests and Jackets for sale

Alaskan Gallery

Alaska Gallery

Alaska Native Masks and assorted artwork

Alaska Native Masks and assorted artwork

Such beautiful craftsmanship!

Such beautiful craftsmanship!

Alaska Girls Clothing

Alaska Girls Clothing

Salmon Quesadillas - Yum!

Salmon Quesadillas – Yum!

After soaking in all the wonderful sights at the market, we’ll now take a stroll through a small part of downtown Anchorage…

Just a short distance from the market, we are greeted by these incredibly cute bears in their “Bear Air” airplane.

Bear Air

Bear Air

Here’s another wonderful way to see Anchorage – by trolley!

Anchorage Trolley Tours

Anchorage Trolley Tours

I’ve never been in here, but I wonder if this is one of those places where everybody knows your name?? 🙂

Welcome to Alaska!

Welcome to Alaska!

This is one of my favorite building murals in downtown Anchorage.

Building Wall Mural

Building Wall Mural

The Delaney Park Strip is a popular downtown spot where people get together for a variety of community events, sports and festivals. It is also host to the Veteran’s Memorial. On this day, a gentleman was sitting on a park bench flying this big, beautiful kite. It flew high and proud over the Veteran’s Memorial.

Veterans’ Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip

Veterans’ Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip

It certainly was a good day to fly a kite

It certainly was a good day to fly a kite

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for joining me on the tour!! We’ll have to do this again sometime.

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!

Iditarod 2013 Ceremonial Start

Iditarod 2013 Ceremonial Start

Iditarod 2013 Ceremonial Start

The ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race begins in approximately 90 minutes. If you can’t make it to downtown Anchorage, or are not in Alaska, you can click here to visit a webcam that is located near the starting line. The image updates every 15 seconds. (Don’t forget to click refresh on your browser for the latest image)

~Enjoy~
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Wolverine Peak Trail Revisited

Wolverine Peak Trail

Wolverine Peak Trail

As some of you may recall, the last time I hiked Wolverine Peak Trail, the hike ended up becoming a Walk in the Clouds. I vowed then that I would return and hike the trail again in hopefully much better weather.

This past Saturday when I awoke, there was brilliant sunshine streaming through my window. I took a peek out the window and discovered that the sky was blue and there were only a few clouds floating above. I could tell that it was going to be an absolutely beautiful day, and I decided that this was the day to revisit Wolverine Peak Trail.

Despite the record snowfall from this past Winter, the trail was surprisingly clear and dry. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t see any wildlife along the way that I could snap a picture of, but the scenery was breathtaking and I ended up with a lot of landscape and wildflower photos.

Here are just a few of the many photos that I took during the four hour hike.

~Enjoy~



Bluebells

Bluebells

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Sun-kissed Moss

Sun-kissed Moss

Plant trailing along the rocky ground

Plant trailing along the rocky ground

Anchorage

Anchorage

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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