July 11, 2012
It’s been a good day. We awoke to overcast skies and very cool temperatures (I’m guessing mid-40 to low 50’s?) in Anchorage this morning, and had some time after visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center to check out the downtown area a bit. Lots of gift and souvenir shops, which tickled Yvonne’s fancy, and a quirky art studio (Sevigny Studio).
There are worse things than being able to walk through downtown with a view to the east of the Chugach mountains, I suppose, but I’m not sure that even that view would be sufficient to overcome the 50-below (Fahrenheit) cold spells during the winter.
Since Sunday, July 8, we’ve been traveling by rail with a group of about 50 other people, and some relationships have been built. Tonight we had dinner at Benihana with family (Debbie and Roy) and new friends Scott and Caren (Nevada), Edwin and Ramaris (Puerto Rico), and Judah and Malka (Florida via New York and Israel).
The intimacy of the train will soon become a fond memory as the “glamorous” part of the trip, the cruise, begins. While I’m looking forward to it, the opportunity to see some of Alaska’s interior has been priceless, but far too brief.