North to Alaska XI


The 17th day of the trip found us on the road to Anchorage. We set up the tent in the Centennial Municipal Campground near town, spending the next three days.

Anchorage was a much more enjoyable city than I remembered from my previous visit. It has 290,000 people, 42% of Alaska’s population, and is nearly the size of Delaware.

On the first morning of our visit, I washed clothes at a Laundromat on Muldoon Street (a main drag into town.) While waiting on the spin cycle, a cow and calf moose wandered in front of the building, then nonchalantly crossed the four-lane road. The last I saw of the moose, they were entering another strip mall. Only in Alaska!

Anchorage has an extensive system of bike trails. On the third day we rode 34 miles, seeing three moose, several nice lakes, the Airport and the shore of Cook Inlet. Near the end of our ride we ate a surprisingly good lunch at the Downtown Deli.

Early morning light on the Kennicott Glacier as we leave Wrangell-St. Elias

Early morning light on the Kennicott Glacier as we leave Wrangell-St. Elias

A Moose, a common sight on Anchorage's bike paths

A Moose, a common sight on Anchorage’s bike paths

Like Alice's Restaurant

Like Alice’s Restaurant

View along the road to Anchorage

View along the road to Anchorage

Pond Lily

Pond Lily

 

 

 

 

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