29.07.2014 - 30.07.2014 24 °C
The last couple of days I have ventured further than my hotel to see some of the sights of Anchorage. Most of the tourist activities are located only a 15 minute walk from my hotel.
Tuesday morning I started with an Anchorage Trolley Tour, an hour bus ride that took us around the CBD and explained some of the history and interesting facts about Alaska and Anchorage. The amount of seaplanes and aeroplanes that were at the airport was unbelievable. Alaska is home to 20% of the worlds small planes. 1 in 56 residents have a pilot licence, with 1 in 80 owning a plane.
After lunch I went to a short movie about the Northern Lights, it was a collation of photos one man has been taking since the 1980's, and has basically dedicated his life to capturing the lights.
Today I have been to the Anchorage Museum. This had a nice art gallery, and exhibits on Alaska, native tribes of Alaska, and the 1964 earthquake. It also had a new exhibit on pollution in our oceans. The gallery was great, but had a lot of information to take in.
After some lunch, I walked back to the hotel, stopping at Delaney Park to take some photos of the war memorial and the mountains in the distance. I also saw my first bit of wildlife... a reindeer. In a cage. I have no idea what Star the Reindeer was doing in a cage by herself, poor thing , all I know is that you can become friends on Facebook with her...
I am planning on walking down to Elderberry Park and Resolution Point very soon to get some photos of the ocean and mountains together. Both of these places are meant to provide beautiful views of Cook Inlet, Sleeping Lady and Mt McKinley ( the highest mountain in North America).