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Jul 22, 2014 - A trip to the Zoo & Waiting for Sharon

Monday, Dick completed his efforts to help the First Baptist Church’s work day by cleaning the furnace filters. Sue helped him. Then, we went to the Alaska Zoo where most animals have had some serious problem that resulted in their care by the zoo. Afterwards, we overnighted at the Walmart again. Tuesday, we replenished the van’s fluids and washed clothes. We followed Sharon’s plane from Atlanta to Anchorage and picked her up for a quick, three-day sojourn.

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Jul 20, 2014 - "Boring" Days in Anchorage

A couple “boring” days – not even a Bore Tide to bore us; no boars; no salmon – but three moose and one bear. The moose were on our way to the Captain Cook State Park; they returned to the bush quicker than we could say “get the camera.” As we were slowing down for a 35-mph zone, a bear cub ran across the road; had we still been doing 55 mph, only driving gymnastics would have saved him. There are thousands of people in and around Soldotna and Kenai to “dip net”: the technique of sticking a net into river/bay water to catch salmon beginning...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Anchorage, AK

July 19... Weather wise, Denali was such a disappointment. It rained from well before supper last night, right through till we left for Anchorage at 7:00 o'clock this morning. There were major puddles everywhere and the construction areas where something else. Anyway, the closer we got to Anchorage, the better the weather got. Pulled into our next stop at noon, had lunch, got in the Escape and went exploring. Found a car wash too, to get some of the road grime off. Went out for supper to a little strip mall restaurant for a feed of fish...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Ancohage, AK

A free day to sleep in! First up was the Anchorage Air Museum. The gentleman at the desk was very helpful, so we took his suggestion and toured the museum first and then came back to see the movie. There were old wrecks, refurbished ones, and lots to read. They had a display of skids for landing on snow and ice. A hall of fame of bush pilots going back to the 1920s, all kinds of float planes with floats made out of seal skin as well as modern ones, and a PBY (a floating cargo plane) that went down during WWII in a lake. The movie was...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Ancohage, AK

We had another bus tour today around Anchorage. The first place we went was old town. In 1912 the city was sectioned off and put for auction. We went to see it and lo and behold there was an Ulu factory there! Our time was limited, so after seeing how the bowls were shaped and the knives were made, we left to see and hear more of the early history of Anchorage. Then we went to the 1964 earthquake site. People up here remember that like it was yesterday, and so many things changed for them because of it, especially the native people. The...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Last Day of Anchorage

Tues., July 15th – Our second round of Denali came to an end this morning. We rolled out in a drizzle and made our way back to Big Bear RV Park in Wasilla. It was Paulo’s birthday, so we celebrated with a stop at Cold Stone Creamery after our dinner at Abby’s Homecooking. Wed., July 16th – The past 16 days with Carmen, Paulo and the children have flown by…we’re back in Anchorage packing them up for a redeye flight departing at 1:48am. We spent the day shopping at the Ulu Factory and strolling the streets of downtown where the sun was...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Additional Pictures July 9-17

On the drive from Valdez we passed an area called Beluga Bay. The tide was out so we didn't see any Beluga Whales. We stayed at Russian River campground and did some fishing but didn't catch any. We arrived in Sterling last Sunday July 13. We have been fishing on Kenai River in several locations with not much success in hooking Salmon. I caught one on Monday July 14 about 10lbs with hopes of many more. We will stay in Sterling a few more days hoping that the big run of salmon arrives. We've had several days of great weather. I've seen...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Ancohage, AK

It was a travel day, but we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn. We traveled from Homer (Oh, how I was reluctant to leave that campground!) to Anchorage, a route that we have traveled before. Even so, it was interesting to see the mountains in reverse. The Turnagain Arm was especially interesting. We got here about 3 o’clock and as soon as we had set up we took off to get our hair cut. Yeah! Not that we needed one in the least. Then back home again and I even fixed a regular dinner – a curried chicken and stir fry vegetables with rice.

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Jul 13, 2014 - Anchorage

I WENT DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE TO THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET. MUSIC, FOOD SAMPLES AND VEGIES. THEN WE WENT TO CHILKOOT CHARLIES BAR WHERE WICKED WANDA SHOWED US A GOOD TIME AGAIN AT THE BIRD HOUSE. HAD A FUN TIME WATCHING NIKKI AND JIM MIDAY TRY TO CALL THE FAMOUS BIRD.

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Jul 12, 2014 - A Bust at Beluga Point

A slow day generally. We hiked a trail in Chugach State Park along the Seward Highway overlooking Turnagain Arm. We found no bears, but did hear a group of other kids hiking along the trail. The big bust for the day was waiting at Beluga Point for the Bore Tide. To get a “front-row” spot, we arrived early. We kept an eye on Turnagain Arm. At one point, we saw some foam forming a line across a portion of the Arm about a mile out in the Cook Inlet. However, it dissipated after a couple of minutes not to be seen again. We concluded that the...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Anchorage Alaska

TODAY WE HAD TO HEAD BACK TO ANCHORAGE SO JIM COULD FLY OUT. ON THE WAY WE STOPPED AT THE PORTAGE GLACIER CRUISE BOAT IN TIME TO TAKE THE CRUISE RIGHT UP TO THE GLACIER. WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE IT CAVED, MEANING THAT A LARGE CHUNK FELL INTO THE LAKE WITH A LOUD NOISE. THEN ON TO ANCHORAGE TO MEET UP AGAIN WITH THE SOLOS GROUP. JIM HAD A CHANCE TO MEET EVERYONE, THEN ON TO THE AIRPORT.

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Jul 11, 2014 - Finishing the 136-Mile Denali Highway

After our usual bowl of cereal, we pulled out about 8:30 am. Just as we began moving, there was a big moose to our right about 100 feet away. It moved too quickly for a picture. But we were pleased to see her. We had seen only a few birds and an occasional arctic squirrel for a few days. This highway has been wonderful for scenic mountains, valleys and rivers. We finished the 136 mile Denali Highway about 9:30 am. We stopped about an hour in the first town, Cantwell, Alaska, to read messages and e-mails that had been collecting! It’s good...

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