Alaska Journals

Summer Fun in Alaska

An August 2011 trip to Alaska by stvchin

Alaska Highway 1 Photo, Alaska, United States More Photos
Quote: My trip to Alaska, spending time in Anchorage, and clamming and digging in the Kenai Peninsula

Flightseeing from Anchorage to Seattle

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The Three Sisters Photo, Oregon, United States
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Flying to and from the "lower 48" up to Alaska can present some very unique scenic opportunities, especially the flights to or from the west coast. When flying to Alaska, particularly Anchorage or even Fairbanks, I like to sit on the landward side, or the right side going north, and the left side going south. I tend to schedule my flights around daytime, as there’s nothing viewable at night. If the weather isn’t cooperating, and it’s overcast, there still isn’t much to see, but you don’t really lose anything. If it’s clear, then you’re in for a real treat as you can see a good portion of southeast Alaska from the unique perspective of an aircraft. Even better for me since I’m a photography buff now....Read More

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse

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Restaurant

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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Humpy’s is a local tavern turned television star though an appearance on Man vs. Food. This place is popular with locals and tourists alike, as I saw about a quarter of the restaurant diners carrying matching tote bags handed out from the different cruise lines that sail to Alaska. Humpy’s is located in downtown Anchorage off 6th Avenue and F Street, by the Performing Arts Center. There is a pay parking lot immediately behind it, but you can park about 2 very easy blocks south along 8th Avenue for free. All innuendo aside, Humpy’s gets its name from the male pink salmon, which is nicknamed "humpy" for the pronouncd hump on its back. There is an entrance to the front on 6th Avenue and another entr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2011

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse
610 W. 6th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 276-2337

Alaska Highway 1

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Attraction | "Alaska's Scenic Highway 1"

Alaska Highway 1 Photo, Alaska, United States
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One of the great pleasures of being in Alaska is observing all the wonderful scenery and landscapes that a place this rugged and remote has to offer. One of the easiest ways to see such awe inspiring scenery is a drive down one of Alaska’s most scenic highways, Alaska Highway 1, called Seward Highway, until it splits and goes towards Homer, then it's called Sterling Highway.But before we drive down Seward Highway, be aware that it’s also a dangerous highway, about a dozen people have died on it this summer alone, including a sitting Wisconsin State Senator on an Alaska vacation. The news reports that the main causes of accidents are head on collisions from vehicles passing and not being ab...Read More

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Alaska Highway 1

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Ninilchik Beach

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Attraction | "Razor Clam Digging in Alaska"

Ninilchik Beach Photo, Ninilchik, Alaska
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One of the things Alaska is famous for is clam digging. Although overshadowed by more well known seafood such as salmon and halibut, Alaska’s Pacific razor clam is a lot of fun to dig and more fun to eat. Pacific razor clams from Alaska aren’t like the standard, run-of-the mill littleneck clams you find in the supermarket. They’re much larger, more oval, and have a pronounced "snout" or siphon at the top. If cleaned properly and eaten fresh, there is no fishy taste. I’ve even had friends that did not like clams try these razor clams, and now they’re hooked on them!First thing, you need an Alaska Department of Fish & Game sport fishing license to dig for clams. Fines are very steep for ...Read More

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Ninilchik Beach
Sterling Highway Mile 135
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