Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Jet Boat Tour
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Anyways, I think it would be neat to take a Iditaride. We'll see how we do for time on this one.
While we're in Denali National Park, we will take in a Sled Dog Demonstration.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Kenai Fjords National Park
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Salmon...I love to eat it.
king, sockeye, coho, silverbrite, and pink salmon.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Alyeska Resort Tram...Five days to accent
We'll be visiting the Alyeska Resort and riding the tram to the top of the mountain. Hope to make it to the top for lunch.
Wow, we are going to experience all kinds of weather while we're in Alaska. The weather report is forcasting rain/snow everyday. Lovely!!! Where are the gloves and scarves? Better put them in the suitcase.
ALYESKA AERIAL TRAM FACTS
The Alyeska Tramway, designed by Von Roll Tramways, Inc. of Switzerland, has a regenerative drive system. AC power is converted to DC, allowing the tram to operate at varied speeds (slow to fast)
In the winter, the tram operates at full speed. In the summer, the tram is operated at half speed, allowing ample time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
The tram operates two cars on a counterweight system -- as one car goes up the other car comes down.
Maximum Speed : 26 miles per hour or 42 kilometers per hour
Average Time: winter - 4 minutes, summer - 8 minutes
Capacity: Each of the two cars holds a maximum of 60 persons. 800 persons per hour maximum in the winter
Elevations Lower Tram Terminal: 306 feet or 93 meters
Glacier Tram Terminal: 2,334 Feet or 711 Meters
Vertical Rise: 2,025 Feet or 617 Meters
Length of Span: 3,869 Feet or 1179 Meters
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
One week until departure for Anchorage
WooHoo!!! Anyone else excited? 3,800 miles to the big city of Anchorage. Can anyone say "road trip"? NOT, glad we're flying to the 49th state.
After reading several sources about Anchorage, it sounds like a pretty diverse place. I'm looking forward to experiencing thier tagline "Big Wild Life".
- Anchorage is the largest metropolis in Alaska. Over forty percent of the Alaskan population lives here.
- Anchorage has been named All-America City four times, in 1956, 1965, 1984/85, and 2002, by the National Civic League.
- Anchorage is home to 250 black bears, 60 grizzly bears, 250 moose, 30 wolves and some dall sheep. Wonder how they keep track of this?!
- Anchorage is as far north as Helsinki, Finland(been there) and as far west as Honolulu, HI.
- Six mountain ranges can be seen from Anchorage.
- More than 60 glaciers and 30 ponds and lakes are within 50 miles of Anchorage.
Let the fun begin!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Priceline...Gotta Love It
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Music in the Park: Midnight Starlight
Music in the Park is an hour long concert during the lunch hour designed for locals, office workers and visitors. This popular family event is part of the "Summer In The City" event series and is held in Peratrovich Park on Wednesdays & Fridays every summer between 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Click here for the 2009 Music in the Park schedule of performers.
Summer in the City
The "Summer In The City" concert and theatre programs are spread over the three months of summer and provide a safe and family friendly environment for both residents of Anchorage and visitors. Each event is staffed with an information table and greeter with Summer In The City rack cards, What To Do In Downtown Anchorage brochures and Anchorage Parking maps. Security is provided by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Security Ambassadors.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Alaska Scenic Byways
The first 50 miles of the Seward Highway skirts the base of the Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm, where it's common to see beluga whales, Dall sheep, waterfalls and eagles. The remainder of the drive courses through the mountains, offering dramatic views of wild Alaska"
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Fifteen days...I'm jumping up and down.
I am totally looking forward to our visit to Alaska. They have a blueberry festival going on this weekend in Girdwood at the Alyeska Resort. It seems weird to be harvesting blueberries in August. The heat would have gotten to anything alive in Oklahoma in August.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sixteen Days to go
This week was quite busy so I didn't have a chance to even think about Alaska. Our church hosted the ADMIT conference and I coordinated the childcare that is offered during the sessions. As my husband says, this is our annual form of birth control. There were approximately 50 kids in attendance this year. We have them for about 30 hours over two and a half days. All I can say is Thank you to everyone who helped. I sure could not have been there the whole time, 3-5 hours each night is enough for me.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Twenty One...Three Weeks and we'll be traversing through the 49th state
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Twenty Two...BONUS...Girdwood Fungus Fair
For the love of mushrooms, I never knew there was such following for these water absorbing creatures. Just last year they located 89 varieties in the Girdwood area during the Girdwood Fungus Fair . Didn't know I was going to be going to such a "fun" place. They even offer a 5 course meal...each course contains, yep you guessed it, fungus. We don't have plans to attend this event, but thought it very interesting. I wonder if they have fungus followers in Oklahoma?!!!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Twenty Three...Girdwood, AK
We'll be making a stop in Girdwood, AK at the Alyeska Resort and taking the tram up the mountain.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I just have to brag a bit...My Husband is quite a craftsman
Twenty Six...Alaska State Fair
BTW, did you know Alaska turns Fifty this year? I wish I was turning 50 for the simple fact that you can get all kinds of free stuff if you turn fifty this year with Alaska. Not fair. If your 50th birthday is this year and you're still looking for a place to vacation, Alaska should be your destination.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Twenty Seven....Do you think there's a chance I'll meet her?
Monday, August 3, 2009
Twenty Eight...seeing the Northern Lights
One of the things I've always wanted to see is the Nothern Lights or aurora borealis. While researching things to do in Alaska, I found out that September is one of the best months for viewing the lights in Alaska. I'm looking forward to seeing them in person. When living in Colorado, we could see them on occasion, but they were very faint.
This picture shows a view above the Talkeetna Mountains. We will staying two nights in Talkeetna. I hope to have a view like this.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Twenty Nine and counting
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thirty Days until departure
One day closer to our destination. Most of the planning is complete. I like to research a destination before I go so I can get the most value for the money I'm spending. I came across a coupon book of BOGO offers. It makes no sense to have to pay for a coupon book, however, I succumbed to purchasing the Alaska TourSaver. All in all, it will save us around $1,200.00.