Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 28-29 Anchorage


I arrived back in Anchorage to drizzle rain and darkness.  Contrary to popular believe it does get for a little while at night.  My flight arrived around 12:30 A.M. and after to wandering around for about 45 minutes trying to locate the parking lot where my car was located, it was actually dark outside.  By the time I returned to my RV it was respectably dark.

The next morning I retrieved Sadie from the doggie hotel (she did fine) and returned to find the rest of the group had arrived at the Moose Lodge.  After everyone got settled in we headed for downtown and the visitor center to get "oriented".  Anchorage is the jump off point for so many destinations...Denali, Fairbanks,Seward, Homer, Palmer and the Kenai Peninsula,  to name a few.  Since we had already been to Denali and Fairbanks we were able to concentrate on information pertaining to some of the other areas. Were to start? Liz exclaimed she could stay here for at least a week!

Tuesday, we had planned to hit the Tony Knowles Coastal Bicycle Trail, but it was cloudy and foggy.  We checked the weather and it looked like the next day would be better for a ride so we decided to go check out the trail to Flat Top Mountain.  Several guide books and the folks at the visitor center said the Flat Tom Mountain trail was suppose to be one of the top rated hikes in the Anchorage area.  The weather did not cooperate and by the time we got out of the car it had started raining so we just walked up to the lookout point and will try and hike the trail another day.

                                                 Flat Top Mountain

                                       Views from the overlook

The Seward Highway is a Scenic Byway that leads south from Anchorage.  We decided to drive south aways and stop at Potter Mash, where there is a long boardwalk over the marsh.  The marsh was formed as a result of the building of the Alaskan Railroad and Liz was hoping to see an abundance of birds and other wildlife.

                                       I think there was at least of mile of boardwalk..maybe more

                           Potters Marsh and vistas looking south

                        Liz was having a good time birding and Nancy and Bill joined in.
                             Canadian geese and family.  Look at the one watching out for everyone.

We continued on down the coast stopping at various pullouts enjoying the vistas of the Turnagain Arm.  We ended up in Girdwood for late afternoon snacks at the Bake Shop where Bill and Nancy tested more cinnamon buns and then the Ice Cream Shop where Liz and I sampled home made ginger ice cream.  It was really good. Girdwood is the home of the Alyeskan Resort, which is a cute little ski resort and is active with summer residents.

Mud flats near Windy Point on the Seward Highway

Just one of the scene driving down the Seward Highway

We plan to travel the Seward Highway down to Seward and eventually work our way to Homer after we leave Anchorage which won't be until after the weekend.  

1 comment:

  1. We took a 4 hour wildlife scenic boat trip with Major Cruise Line out of Seward and saw many kinds of birds and wildlife, in Resurrection Bay..they had a buffet onboard too..., but it did rain that day and we saw no whales-so that was a bummer! But the stuff we did see was awesome!! Your photos are great--hope you get good weather.