The 49th State

Day 8:  Today Michelle and myself were in an adventurous mood and so decided to rent bikes and take in some scenery by cycling the Tony Knowles coastal route from downtown Anchorage. It’s a 10.2 mile trail along the coast of anchorage past the Cook inlet and finishing at Kincaid. It was such a beautiful trail and we saw plenty of scenery and wildlife;

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Right at the end of the take-off runway                            A lovely creek

at Anchorage airport

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A beautiful park lake with Chugach                                   The ‘Sleeping Lady’

mountain  backdrop

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A hawkmoth caterpillar                                                      A curious squirrel

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Ski skating                                                                           Anchorage across the Cook inlet

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A beautiful bull moose


We’ll have sore legs in the morning!


Day 9: Today was our last day off in Anchorage so it was a matter of cramming as much in as possible. We all split up to do our own things, which for me was to learn a bit more about the ‘Iditarod Trail’ sled dog race, and to have one last wander around the weekend market.

The ‘Iditarod Trail’ is a yearly race which takes place on the first Saturday of March, covering a distance of 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome. It’s ran by a teams of 16 dogs and their mushers. The race commemorates the trail undertook in 1925 by a team delivering antitoxin from Anchorage to cure an epidemic of diphtheria in Nome. The ceremonial start line is in downtown Anchorage, which is marked by a checkpoint sign which I visited today. Unfortunately the information and history centre where they train the dogs is 50 miles out of town so I won’t have a chance to visit. I’ll have to research the rest online!


I bought my first ever art piece today, a beautiful raku ceramic sculpture from a local potter. The piece is a grizzly bear holding a fish in its mouth. The woman bubble wrapped it so well to protect it on the flight that I can’t grab a picture, but below is an example of Raku pottery.


This technique is carried out by removing the piece from the kiln while glowing hot and throwing it into sawdust which bursts into flames and creates copper and smoky patterns on the pottery. This ensures each piece is unique. I fell in love with it straight away and I’m delighted to have it as my first art purchase.


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