Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. In fact 40 percent of the state’s total population live in the Anchorage/Matanuska-Susitna Borough area. It does feel like many other American cities with several differences, of course. One major one is that in Anchorage on June 21st there may be an official sunset and sunrise but it does not get dark! We were there to celebrate the Summer Soltice! The City had a celebration complete with Bands, a special week-end market full of all things Alaskan and the Hero games. My brother and sister-in-law had wanted to be in town on the longest day of the year also and we were tickled to be able to spend a wonderful Saturday with them seeing the sites, watching the games and eating Reindeer Brats for lunch. We also went to Kincaid Park hoping to see a Moose or a Bear but were disappointed. We did get to see the mud flats on the Turnagain Arm off of the Cook Inlet and watch the tide start to serge back in. This is the only place in the United State where a Bore Tide occurs regularly. A Bore Tide is “a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay's current.” See the file photo at left.
We enjoyed walking the streets and watching a part of the Hero games and then went down to see Ship Creek Bridge where fisherman line up elbow to elbow when the salmon begin their ‘run’ through the river there. That is expected to happen the following week.
That evening we drove out to Eagle River, a suburb of Anchorage, where we had our motorhome parked at the Elks Club for a couple of nights. Ron and Scarlet joined us and our friends Ron & Bernita and Dean & Judy for Happy Hour. We all had a fun time visiting, talking about Alaska and traveling! After we grilled our dinner it was time for Ron & Scarlet to head back into the city to their Hotel. We loved having this time together with them and we’re planning for the next time we can make our travels coincide. May-be Arizona? May-be Louisiana?
Sunday was our day to drive to the Kenai Penninsula. Our drive along the Turnagain Arm was breath taking with the water and mountains all around us for nearly 50 miles. Highway A1 then took us through more gorgeous mountains, past the confluence of the Russian and Kenai Rivers and on to Soldotna. We are staying at a Fish Camp west of town. The salmon are running on the Russian River and tomorrow we are headed up there early to try our luck!