Anchorage Journals

Living Life in Alaska

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A January 2006 trip to Anchorage by AsianPersuasian

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Living Life in Alaska

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Alaska is a wild place, and I don't just mean the animals. The people here are among the quirkiest on the planet, and I can say that with confidence. Nowhere else will you find women going to a gala in duct tape and blue tarp dresses, or men who think rust spots on their truck are cool. There are artists, bohemians, red-necks, greenies, hippies, conservatives… more stereotypes than I can shake a stick at, but one thing they all have in common: They are in love. 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 ha...Read More

Alpine Meadows

Hotel | "Alpine Apartments"

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If you want a nice apartment during your stay in Alaska, don't stay here.In my building, the first floor smelled like pot, the second like cat, and the third...well, I don't know because I was afraid to go up there. From the outside, it looks like a beautiful gated community, but it is only gated to keep the people in. The cops are over there every weekend, and I suspect they use the gates to trap fugitives. There is a guard shack out front, but never a guard, there is fresh paint outside, but never inside, and to top it all off a bike-seat kleptomaniac roams the grounds.My roommates and I paid $850 per month, and beware...the model apartment they show you will not be like the one you ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 22, 2006

Alpine Meadows
5210 Mockingbird Dr.
Anchorage 99507
(907) 561-2930

Bear Tooth Theater Pub

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Restaurant

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Bear Tooth Theater Pub, the baby brother of Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, serves some of the best microbrews in town. Alaskans take their libations very seriously and Bear Tooth Pub is just one of the many places you can get a tasty brew. Besides the beer, Bear Tooth also offers $3 movies, and I'm not talking about some dusted-off classic. The theater offers just-out-of-the-cinema blockbusters for the change you find in your couch. 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. Parki...Read More

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

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You want a little local flavor? The Saturday Market on 3rd and E Street—now known as the Anchorage Market—is the perfect place to find it. Shop for souvenirs, grab a bite or sit back and listen to local musicians. With over 300 vendors at the market includes many quirky local artists, traditional Native art, food vendors galore, fruits, vegetables, a fortune teller, and loads more. Though the market is not as large as what you will find in other cities on still gets the feel and rhythm of what city life is like here—intimate and relaxed. In regards to food, don’t leave without eating a salmon quesadillas from Salmon Express. Coming from the main entrance, it is one of the first stalls on the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Anchorage Weekend Market
Parking lot on 3rd Street & E Street
Anchorage, Alaska

Title Wave Books

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Attraction | "Title Wave Used Books"

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Where do Anchoragites go when they need a good read? Title Wave Books! This place is an eclectic mix of new and used books, all arranged in a orderly fashion just like Borders or Barnes & Nobel's. What I love about this place is I can walk out with books, movies and CDs without ever laying down any cash. This is possible because of their ingenious idea of trading in books for store credit. All you have to do is bring in your old books, CDs and movies and Title Wave will give you the option of cash or store credit. I prefer credit… it helps to curb my bibliophile tendencies. This place is huge! With over a half a million books, in addition to wacky gifts, they also boast an impres...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

Title Wave Books
1360 W Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
(907) 278-9283

Reel Therapy

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Attraction

Hook in your lip Photo,
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Well, summertime is upon us here in Alaska and that means indulging in one of Alaska's great pastimes: Fishing. For the cost of a fishing license anyone can go try their luck in one of the many muddy riverbanks and catch $500 worth of fish. However, there's fishing and then there's Fishing...Today I leave the city and head south on the New Seward Highway to a little community called Whittier. Whittier is not much to look at, but it is a favorite jumping off point for wildlife tours and the weekend boater who doesn't want to waste their time driving for hours hauling a boat. To reach Whittier you have to drive through a narrow hole in the mountain. It will cost you about $12 toll dep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Eagle River Nature Center

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Attraction

Eagle River Nature Center Photo, Eagle River, Alaska
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The Eagle River Nature Center is a great place to day hike and offers routes ranging from easy to moderately strenuous. You may also opt to hike all the way to Girdwood, about a 24 mile hike...the trail head begins here.This place is teeming with life, so be careful...There is an active beaver dam which is delightful to watch in the evening. They even offer guides to go with you if you desire a more informational hike. However, as I said before, this place is teeming with life, so be careful. The last time I went on a hike my husband and I were following fresh bear tracks the entire way, so be prepared. I say this not to frighten you but to help you realize how wild Alaska can be....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2007

Eagle River Nature Center
32750 Eagle River Rd.
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
(907) 694-2108

Berry Pickin' in Alaska

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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 identif...Read More