Anchorage

Location: Seattle -> Anchorage

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Today we woke up at 3:30 AM to make our way to Alaska. We got to the airport, found a Starbucks in the terminal, got breakfast, then boarded the plane.  We slept the first half of the flight. But we were treated to some great airborne shots of the Chugach Mountains on our way into Anchorage. Lots of cool views of glaciers, outwash plains, and other glacial features.

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We checked into the hotel after landing and picking up our rental car. We spent about an hour settling in before we went out to explore some local Anchorage parks. Our first stop took us to the Glen Alps trail head. We took a short hike to the top of a hill and we treated to a great panoramic view of the area.

Anchorage
Anchorage
The other side of the view.
The other side of the view.

Next we went to the Kincaid sand dunes just south of the airport. Instead of parking adjacent to the sand dunes, we elected to park a little farther away and take a nature hike en route. We didn’t get to see any wildlife. After a 20 min walk we made it to the sand dune. It’s essentially a giant pile of sand and silt that gets blown in from the nearby tidal plain. It may eventually overtake the entire park. But in the meantime, it makes for a recreational area and motorcross track.

The sand dunes seen through the trees.
The sand dunes seen through the trees.
If you look closely, you can see Ryan in the upper right corner of the photo.
If you look closely, you can see Ryan in the upper right corner of the photo.
Here is a closer look.
Here is a closer look.

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The trail.
The trail.

Our last tourism stop of the day took us to Captain Cook Monument at Resolution Park, because: Ryan.

Captain Cook Monument
Captain Cook Monument

We spent the rest of the day back at the hotel, enjoying the hot tub and relaxing after a full couple of days. Tomorrow we make a day trip to Barrow, Alaska where we’ll visit the northernmost point of the US and visit the Arctic Ocean.

Today’s weather: High 55, Low 46, occasional scattered clouds

Sunrise: 4:53am – Sunset: 11:00pm

Total parks: 3

Total flights: 1

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