Touring Alaska Part I

A few years ago, I got to go to Alaska where Alicia showed me around.  We had a great time.  I blogged about my trip without the benefit of a blog.  I thought I would share it with you.

As I am sitting on the  Charlotte lobby waiting on the plane to arrive from maintenance,  thought Iwould catch you up on my day.  I woke up at 5:30 am and finished getting packed and prepared to leave for the Jacksonairport at 7:30.  I was half awake and
totally wired there and managed to miss my flight to Atlanta.   After a moment of total panic, I was rebooked for the next flight  and arrived in Atlanta in plenty of time to make my connection to Anchorage.

The hike from Concourse D to Concourse A, including a quick train ride was good exercise helped or hindered depending on your view point by a heavy carryon filled with all my electronic gear.  Thank goodness for all the exercise I did this year.  Of course by the time I hit Atlanta I was starved and so was the rest of the world.  The line at Chick-fil-A was really long so I opted for Burger King though I didn’t want a hamburger and don’t like their chicken sandwich.

Imagine my surprise when I walked away with a veggie burger and apple fries both of which were delicious, filling, and not heavy.  Shall we talk about seating.  There weren’t any thus I ended up sitting on the floor.  I met a couple from Palm Beach (she was a cold fish and he was all warmth) and another couple who were all fun and had been married 52 years. We all talked and joked about the state of seating.  There were people everywhere.  Who knew that many people wanted to go to Alaska.  Tourism must be booming there.

Alaska is so green.  Not bright, spring greens but deep, dark green trees everywhere and flowers including petunias which I find comforting.  The trip from Atlanta to Anchorage was very long and I felt as though I was encapsulated in a small egg after awhile.  The adaptor I bought for my computer didn’t work since all the outlets were disabled.  Huge urge to kill here.  So, I read until my eyes felt as though theywould fall out of my head.  I couldn’t stretch since I would have maimed several people.  It is an ordeal, but well worth the effort.

I am struck by a couple of things.  The buildings, business and home, are built low to the ground and there are an unbelievable number of pines here.  It looks like one big Christmas tree farm.  The clouds are low and I can barely see the top of the mountains.
There is a small shower in Eagle River where Alicia lives which didn’tdampen our spirits at all.  There is no pretension here that I can see, but the biggest buildings are owned by Conoco, Phillips, etc.  There aren’t any old prestigious buildings here nor are there
many churches even though the native Alaskans seem to be very religious.

After a night of little sleep, I am up at 6:45 our time, 9:45 CDT, hearing the news of Obama’s speech which I watched until midnight since I couldn’t get to sleep.  Also, hearing about the selection of Sarah Palin, Alaska’s governor, for McCain’s VP.
Game on.  Time for a shower before meeting up with Alicia and having breakfast.

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One Response to Touring Alaska Part I

  1. Jeanette Spencer says:

    I am looking forward to Part 2.

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