A January 2006 trip
to Anchorage by AsianPersuasian
Quote: Insider tips on living and breathing in Anchorage, Alaska.
Alaska is a place that seduces you. Before you know it you're drooling on yourself, wondering why you're still here. Alaska is a brutal place… winters are long and dreadfully dark, people get moody, and the cold makes your nostril hairs freeze… yet, like all great loves, once you're hooked there is no going back. Alaskans develop a love-hate relationship with this place, I know I have. I enjoy winter (mostly because I like scarves), but I love summer. In summer, it's light out until 2am, it's warm and breezy, and you chow down on fresh salmon for free while the rest of the USA is paying a pound. Wildlife abounds year round in Anchorage… every neighborhood has a few of its own moose. If you are lucky you can see a birth every Spring.
Every summer, Anchorage sighs under the crush of tourists that visit my city. Anchoragites enjoy spending time making fun of the tourists walking around downtown in outfits that make them look like they are going to climb Mt. McKinley. Please, when you visit, dress normal.
When visiting Anchorage make sure you:- visit the galleries downtown- buy a fishing license- drink Kaladi Bro. coffee- eat at the Moose's Tooth Pizzeria- go fishing- see the museum- peruse the Weekend Market on 3rd & EThere are other things to do in Anchorage, but you didn't come to Alaska to hangout in Anchorage. This city is merely a base camp for all the wonderful things to do in the Wilderness.
Hotel | "Alpine Apartments"
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 22, 2006
5210 Mockingbird Dr.
Next door, Bear Tooth has a Bar & Grill serving up some healthful and diet busting grub. I highly recommend the fried portobello mushrooms, burritos, and apple ale. Dinner here will cost you between $10 and $30, depending what you indulge in. Parking at the "Tooth" is a "Bear" so be creative and patient and Do Not Park Across the Street. If you park across the street you will have to pay $140 to get your car back from impound. They are really sneaky, so beware! So, grab some buddies, arrive early, order some pizza and beer, and sit back and enjoy the show.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2006
Bear Tooth Theater Pub
1230 West 27th Ave
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
+1 907 276 4200
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2006
Anchorage Weekend Market
Parking lot on 3rd Street & E Street
Attraction | "Title Wave Used Books"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2006
Title Wave Books
1360 W Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2006
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2007
Eagle River Nature Center
32750 Eagle River Rd.
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
If you visit Alaska in the month of August you are here at the height of berry picking season. Blueberries and raspberries abound! You can find them everywhere... yesterday I ran right into a raspberry bush with berries the size of globe grapes. Low-bush blueberries take a little more energy to find, but a short ride into Arctic Valley and a hike up a hill will land you in the middle of blue heaven. The higher you go the more you find.For picking low-bush blueberries I recommend taking a local. But if you are unable to find an Alaskan to drag along with you just have someone point you in the direction of Arctic Valley and you will find plenty of Alaskans there. Help is needed to identify the elusive bush. Be careful not to confuse the crow berries with the blueberries....or you will be in for a nasty surprise.
Like I said, raspberries are everywhere...go for a walk, you are bound to find something. If all else fails, open up the phone book and find a local U-pick farm.
When berry picking I recommend wearing clothes you will never wear again. Long sleeves and pants for raspberries and a blue jeans and a t-shirt for blueberries. If you are headed to Arctic Valley bring bug repellent...you will thank me later.
Eagle River, Alaska